Zelda fans are in for a treat this month when The Legend Of Zelda 25th Anniversary symphony concert comes to London and Los Angeles. To find out more about the concert, ONM interviewed Jeron Moore, producer of the Zelda Symphony concerts. He told us that working with Nintendo's Koji Kondo has been magical and fans can expect a jaw-dropping experience on 25 October.
ONM: Can you let us know how you came to be involved in the Zelda: 25th anniversary Symphony concert?
JM: My involvement as producer on our other production, PLAY! A Video Game Symphony, coupled with our love for Zelda, is what ultimately led us to where we are currently with The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony.
For a fan like myself, bringing The Legend of Zelda to the symphony hall is a dream come true. Chad Seiter (Composer and Orchestrator) and I had been secretly developing an idea with Executive Producer Jason Michael Paul for a Zelda-centric show in early 2010.
When it came time to present the idea to Nintendo, much to our delight, they were already on the same page - and so the decision came to combine our ideas and produce the project collaboratively with the creators of the franchise.
ONM: So you're Zelda fans, then. What was it like to work with Koji Kondo and Nintendo?
JM: We're all huge Zelda fans. I still have my original NES gold cartridge from the game's initial run (and every subsequent release)!
Having the opportunity to work with Nintendo as closely as we have has been nothing short of magical. It's been an absolute honour and a privilege - and a whole lot of fun.
I'd like to give a special shout out to Bill Trinen and Kim Moore at Nintendo of America, for without their championing efforts and endless enthusiasm, none of this would have been possible.
ONM: The songs were hand-picked by Koji Kondo and his team. Did you have any say in the set list at all?
JM: We've been very fortunate! Kondo-san has been very hands-on and instrumental during the entire production process.
The set list fans will hear on the evening of October 25th in London at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo is the direct result of a true collaboration between both our teams, all directly supervised by Kondo-san himself.
As one of the key producers on the project, I worked directly with Chad in helping structure and conceptualise several of what I consider story-driven pieces.
We're both filmmakers and storytellers at our cores, so the drive we have comes from a desire to bring Kondo-san's wonderful and memorable melodies - melodies burned into the epicenter of our minds from childhood - into an orchestral context worthy of the cinema.
ONM: Are you happy with the choices? Are there any more that you would have liked to play?
JM: We're absolutely happy. As a celebration of Zelda's 25 years, the show is designed to delight fans old and new.
Of course, it's difficult to cover everything when you consider the scope and magnitude of the Zelda franchise. Kondo-san and his team have written a lot of great music!