As the recent success of Stranger Things shows, getting the right theme music to hook viewers and establish the tone of your show is important nowadays. As far as original scoring goes, no one does it bigger or better than Game of Thrones.
Grammy nominated composer Ramin Djawadi is responsible for the powerful, visceral music that fills the Westeros universe. Earlier this week the composer announced he would take his orchestra on the road with a tour of North America for what he's calling an 'immersive experience' that will include a 360 degree stage, cutting edge visuals taken from the show as well as original content produced exclusively for the tour.
The Man Behind the Music
Handpicked by Hans Zimmer out of university, the German-Iranian composer has made a name for himself by combining classical Western music with Middle Eastern instruments and scales which allows each region of Westeros and Essos to have its own signature sound. Djawadi broke through with the score for Iron Man which earned him the Grammy nomination and he garnered the attention of HBO with his work on the Medal of Honor series.
Bringing Westeros to Life: Not Just Another Orchestra Tour
Predecessors to this kind of tour include The Lord of the Rings orchestral tour and Hans Zimmer's American tour. These presentations involved screening the entire film or film scene and watching the orchestra merely play along, which is essentially nothing more than allowing us to watch the same film or show in a glorified cinema. Of course, this is pretty cool, but it seems as though Djawadi and HBO want to take the experience to the next level by crafting an actual story and going big the the theatrics department.
If this press release photo is anything to go by, we can expect a vision of Westeros brought to life with stage design, stage action, pyro-technics and a high level of audience engagement which should set it apart from the stiff, static experience of witnessing the score being played to certain scenes.
Not the First Attempt at a Game of Thrones Tour
Although some theatrical stage action has been alluded to, no word has been released on whether the tour will involve members of the cast who have proved to be musically gifted themselves. In fact, if memory serves correctly not only has Hodor (Kristian Nairn) taken his DJ talents to the road in Rave of Thrones but work has already been done on a GoT musical. Hopefully Coldplay wont be involved with the tour in any way, shape or form unless the creators of the show, Benioff and Weiss, have come up with a way of dispatching them in typical GoT fashion.
For those readers lucky enough to live close to the selected cities, tickets can be purchased on LiveNation.com. The tour will stop at the following cities:
- Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017: Kansas City, Missouri, Sprint Center
- Friday, Feb. 17, 2017: St. Paul, Minnesota, Xcel Energy Center
- Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017: Chicago, United Center
- Monday, Feb. 20, 2017: Detroit, Palace of Auburn Hills
- Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017: Columbus, Ohio, Nationwide Arena
- Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017: Buffalo, New York, First Niagara Center
- Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017: Uncasville, Connecticut, Mohegan Sun
- Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017: Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center
- Wednesday, March 1, 2017: Washington, DC, Verizon Center
- Friday, March 3, 2017: Montreal, Bell Centre
- Saturday, March 4, 2017: Toronto, Air Canada Centre
- Monday, March 6, 2017: Boston, TD Bank Garden
- Tuesday, March 7, 2017: New York, Madison Square Garden
- Thursday, March 9, 2017: Charlotte, North Carolina, Time Warner Cable Arena
- Saturday, March 11, 2017: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, BB&T Center
- Sunday, March 12, 2017: Tampa, Florida, Amalie Arena
- Tuesday, March 14, 2017: Atlanta, Philips Arena
- Thursday, March 16, 2017: San Antonio, Texas, AT&T Center
- Friday, March 17, 2017: Houston, Toyota Center
- Sunday, March 19, 2017: Denver, Pepsi Center
- Tuesday, March 21, 2017: Salt Lake City, Maverik Center
- Thursday, March 23, 2017: Los Angeles, The Forum
- Saturday, March 25, 2017: Las Vegas, MGM Grand Garden Arena
- Sunday, March 26, 2017: Phoenix, TalkingStick Resort Arena
- Wednesday, March 29, 2017: San Jose, California, SAP Center
- Friday, March 31, 2017: Seattle, Key Arena
- Saturday, April 1, 2017: Vancouver, Rogers Arena
- Sunday, April 2, 2017: Portland, Oregon, Moda Center
Will you be getting tickets for the Game of Thrones Live Tour?
source: Sky News