Video Games Live concert producer Tommy Tallarico has teamed up with electronic dance music (EDM) artist Brian Transeau to create a new album-concert series dubbed Electronic Opus.
The venture takes Tallarico beyond his roots in video games to EDM in support of Transeau, who plans to create a blend of a classical symphony orchestra and high-energy electronic dance tunes. The album and concert series are expected to debut in March.
The first show is at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts during the Miami Winter Music Conference. The duo have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $200,000 to fund the project.
“This collaboration is an acoustical merging of tradition and technology, not simply symphonic versions of popular EDM songs,” said Tommy Tallarico, creative director and executive producer, Electronic Opus, in a statement. “This ‘electronic symphonic’ collaboration reinvents what a 21st century symphonic experience can be: incredible high-energy, melodic electronic music from one of the top artists in the field blended with the artistic and cultural merits of a full symphony. Electronic Opus will dazzle and entertain music lovers of all ages.”
“Whenever we would bring up this idea with record companies and executives, they would never take us seriously,” said Transeau, who goes by BT, in a statement. “They don’t believe that people who listen to electronic music would fully appreciate the symphony experience and vice versa, but we’re about to prove them wrong with Electronic Opus.”
Tickets for the Miami concert go on sale Dec. 1, with more venues coming later. The producers include Transeau, Tallarico, and TanZ Group. Tallarico’s “Video Games Live” concert series, which combines video game music and imagery on a concert stage supported by an orchestra, has been running for a decade.