Some fresh new details have just been released regarding the FINAL FANTASY 25th Anniversary concerts going on in both London and Chicago!
Guest vocalists Crystal Kay will be in attendance to perform Eyes on Me from FINAL FANTASY VIII and Susan Calloway will perform Answers from FINAL FANTASY XIV. In addition to those two previous tracks, there will also be new premieres for the Distant Worlds concert series including
- Battle With Four Fiends (FINAL FANTASY IV)
- Main Theme (FINAL FANTASY V)
- Vana’diel March (FINAL FANTASY XI)
- The Dalmasca Estersand (FINAL FANTASY XII)
In addition the concert will feature the new version of Opera “Maria & Draco” from FINAL FANTASY VI, One Winged Angel from FINAL FANTASY VII and Zanarkand from FINAL FANTASY X in addition to new surprise medleys!
These special concerts will display brand new HD video presentations including a special video on the history of FINAL FANTASY that will premiere at these concerts. There will also be special displays in the lobby as well as an expanded selection of FINAL FANTASY merchandise to purchase.
For those of you who aren’t aware, “Distant Worlds” has been touring the world for some time now, playing selected tracks from the Final Fantasy series. Around this time last year, Final Fantasy XIV music was added to the program. Now, a new medley featuring Twilight over Thanalan and Beneath Bloodied Banners has been composed by Nobuo Uematsu.
That medley will be made available for digital download Friday December 17th via the Distant Worlds website.
The latest issue of the Distant Worlds newsletter is hitting in-boxes! Contained within is an interview with artist Susan Calloway, who performs the vocal track “Answers” for Final Fantasy XIV.
In the interview, Susan talks about how they recorded the track and how Nobuo Uematsu was able to be present at the session via Skype. You can read the full interview here or after the jump.
A look at this weeks Famitsu from FFXIV-Fan not only reveals the name of the theme that Nobuo Uematsu created for Final Fantasy XIV but also the person who will be singing it. Susan Calloway will be the singer for Final Fantasy XIV’s theme: “Answers” which Famitsu reports can be heard during certain parts of the opening cut scenes of the game.
Susan Calloway has made several appearances in the past couple of years at the Distant World concerts that have taken place around the globe. Calloway can also be heard on both of the CD’s released for the concert on tracks such as Distant Worlds, and Suteki Da Ne.
December 12th, 2009. On that day, the world was changed forever. Or at least that was the feeling in the room as the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra and the Elmhurst College Concert Choir performed the premier of the new arrangement of Dancing Mad from Final Fantasy VI, as scenes from both FFVI and Dissidia were played on the large screen. Other premiers included a new arrangement of J-E-N-O-V-A, and an English version of Suteki Da Ne from Final Fantasy X sung by Susan Calloway.
We have known for awhile now that this particular concert was to play host to the world premier of music from Final Fantasy XIV. Conductor Arnie Roth introduced the piece, which was comprised of two songs, the first of which I’m sure is incorrectly spelled, “Twilight over Thamalon” and “Beneath Bloody Borders”. The lights dim, and the familiar Tokyo Game Show trailer graces the large screen. This was a premier only in the notion that it had not been performed live anywhere in the world, the music was very familiar as they proceeded to play the music used in the TGS trailer. It was a bit of a disappointment, however the battle theme did extend past what we’ve heard in the trailer so that was a plus, along with the titles of the two songs being revealed.
Read on for my thoughts on the rest of the concert!
Earlier today, Arnie Roth and Nobuo Uematsu took part in an interview done at Chicago’s Flashpoint Academy. Final Fantasy XIV was brought up on several occasions, and those in attendance even got a look at the Tokyo Game Show trailer. It was discussed that the FFXIV music at the Chicago Distant Worlds concert would be a medley that contains two pieces of music from the upcoming game. We don’t know what those pieces will be, but you can look forward to my write up about it shortly after the event on Saturday evening.
There’s some other talk about how Nobuo Uematsu came to work on Final Fantasy XIV and what type of things he was shown to get a feel for the setting of the game. Below is a small clip from the interview, you can watch the entirety of the December 10th interview here.
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Today we have learned via the Distant Worlds Facebook page that the concert series will be making a second trip back to Stockholm on June 12th. The concert series will be making its second appearance in Chicago in December, however it’s still dubbed “Distant Worlds” what could be making them add a ‘two’?
A new program of music!
Alongside of this concert, the “Distant Worlds II: more music from FINAL FANTASY” album will be released. Currently set to record with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in January, the second album is currently set to include a “preview” of new music written for Final Fantasy XIV.
Apart from the rich music the concerts provide, they also set up large screens over the orchestra that plays scenes from the games to compliment the music. Final Fantasy XIV will be no different, being illustrated by “extensive visual material”. While Stockholm will be seeing a whole new concert, don’t forget that Final Fantasy XIV will still be making an appearance in Chicago as well. I’ll be attending the Chicago performance and writting up my thoughts on the new music so stay tuned to that in the next couple weeks!
Thanks again to Japanese fansite FF14-FAN, we have some interesting information about the theme song to be used in FFXIV. As has been previously reported, Nobuo Uematsu will be composing all of the tracks, including the theme song. In fact, indirectly, he is the source of the new information. Members of his official fanclub receive a few DVDs as a membership bonus each year. One of those DVDs was recently released and people have been posting details about the DVD online.
One such site is a gaming blog named Nonsense Zone. The author, Helen, posted a picture from the DVD along with some information. There was a section about the new theme song for FFXIV from the recording studio where they were recording the song with a vocal track. They were using English and Japanese in the video leading people to suspect the person doing the vocals for the track is not Japanese.
That’s all we really know at this time. However, there is a bit of speculation we can make at this point.
At the upcoming Chicago Distant Worlds concert, music from FFXIV will be included as part of the show. Susan Calloway (pictured) has performed in a number of the Distant Worlds concerts in the past and will also be present with Uematsu at the Chicago concert. It would make sense for the artist to be somebody Uematsu is familiar working with. The Chicago concert would also be a great time to make the announcement.
Once again, we’ll just have to wait and see!