Itsa Me! (and Mario)

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On March 25th, the Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble will present a concert entitled “Jazz Impressions of Classic Video Game Music.” I’m thrilled that I was invited to be a part of this event, and I will be contributing an all new arrangement of music from “Super Mario Brothers 3,” also known as “the only video game that has ever mattered.” Making broad opinionated generalizations about video games seems to be a lightning rod for internet controversy (and attention), so maybe some of that will rub off on me. Seriously, Super Mario 3 is the best. Nothing even comes close.

ANYways, the concert is going to be full of excellent music performed by a top flight selection of Seattle jazz players. In addition to my piece, the show will feature arrangements by Evan Flory-Barnes, Nate Omdal, Michael Owcharuk, Josh Rawlings, and Charlie Smith and include music from such game icons as Metroid, Kid Icarus, Super Mario Bros., Castlevania, and Street Fighter 2.
I had a blast arranging my tune, which was written by the great Koji Kondo. I opted to avoid messing with his music too much and let the insanity of his melodies and counter lines speak for itself.

Hope to see you there!

WHEN: March 25, 2011 at 7:00 pm.
WHERE: University Prep Founder’s Hall
8000 25th Ave NE
HOW MUCH: $15 general admission, $8 students and seniors