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Pres Release: Yoshiki New York Classical Concert VIP Tickets on Sale

VIP tickets for YOSHIKI’s upcoming classical performance at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage go on sale today, September 29.

YOSHIKI — songwriter, drummer/percussionist, classically trained pianist and the creative force of the rock group X Japan — announced the “YOSHIKI Classical Special Featuring Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra” last week, gaining worldwide attention for the acclaimed Japanese artist’s appearance at the prestigious New York concert hall. The special classical performance, presented by Knitting Factory, will take place on January 12 and 13, 2017.

YOSHIKI will perform his original compositions alongside the world-renowned Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra; he will also play several traditional classical pieces. The Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra was named one of the Top 10 greatest orchestras in the world by CNN in 2015. This classical concert will also take place in Japan and Hong Kong.

Exclusive Limited VIP packages include premium seating, meet-and-greet opportunities with YOSHIKI, signed items, and more.

VIP Meet & Greet Package:
– T-Shirt
– Tote Bag
– “YOSHIKI Classical” Exclusive Vinyl
– Exclusive Metronome
– Poster, Autographed By YOSHIKI
– Laminate Lanyard

VIP Merchandise Package:
– T-Shirt
– Tote Bag
– “YOSHIKI Classical” Exclusive Vinyl
– Poster, Autographed By YOSHIKI

Regular admission tickets are also available at the Carnegie Hall.

YOSHIKI composed a piano concerto and performed it with a 77-piece orchestra to celebrate the tenth year of the Emperor of Japan’s reign in 1999. In 2015, he composed the theme song and conducted the Super World Orchestra at the opening ceremony of the World Expo. His classical concerts in 2014 captivated crowds earning him standing ovations and sold out shows in over 10 countries as he performed classical versions of X Japan songs and popular rock tracks with a string sextet live on stage, as well as some traditional Classical pieces. His album, YOSHIKI Classical, debuted at #1 on the iTunes Classical Music chart in 10 countries around the world. Pianist Magazine raved YOSHIKI Classical “is a true labor of love from a talented artist who’s made an impressive mark within the classical and rock genres.” The album featured performances by YOSHIKI as both the composer and pianist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra. Produced by YOSHIKI, the album included two songs produced by the legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin.

For more information about the YOSHIKI Classical album. YOSHIKI is a Kawai Artist


YOSHIKI is a songwriter, drummer, and a classically trained pianist. His rock group X Japan has sold 30-million singles and albums combined, and filled the 55,000-seat Toyko Dome a record 18 times. Now the band’s popularity is spreading throughout the world, having recently completed a sold-out World Tour, performing in North America, Europe, Latin America, and South East Asia. In 1999, YOSHIKI composed a piano concerto and performed it with a 77-piece orchestra to celebrate the tenth year of the Emperor of Japan’s reign. In 2005, YOSHIKI composed the theme song and conducted the Super World Orchestra at the opening ceremony of the World Expo. Previously, YOSHIKI also recorded a classical album co-produced and arranged by acclaimed Beatles producer Sir George Martin and performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Recently, the legendary Stan Lee created a Super Hero based on him, and for the first time, a Hello Kitty product line is named after a person – “Yoshikitty”. In 2010, he launched his non-profit organization YOSHIKI Foundation America, a 501©(3) organization, which continues to donate to various charitable organizations, including supporting Japanese Earthquake victims. In 2014, YOSHIKI completed his YOSHIKI Classical World Tour, which took place in 10 different countries (US, Mexico, Russia, Germany, France, United Kingdom, China, Thailand, Taiwan and Japan). In 2016, YOSHIKI was asked to be an advisor to Japan House, which will open in Los Angeles, London and Sao Paulo. These offices are being set up in the interest of promoting Japanese culture and technologies.


In 2011, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra celebrated its 100th anniversary as Japan’s first symphony orchestra. With about 130 musicians, TPO performs both symphonies and operas regularly. TPO is proud to have appointed Maestro Myung-Whun Chung, who has been conducting TPO since 2001, as Honorary Music Director, Maestro Mikhail Pletnev as Special Guest Conductor and Maestro Andrea Battistoni as Principal Guest Conductor.
TPO has established its world-class reputation through its subscription concert series, regular opera and ballet assignment at the New National Theatre, and a full, ever in-demand agenda around Japan and the world, including broadcasting with NHK Broadcasting Corporation, various educational programs, and tours abroad. In March 2014, TPO became a global sensation in its centennial world tour of six major cities: New York, Madrid, Paris, London, Singapore and Bangkok. In December 2015, TPO held Beethoven’s 9th symphony concerts in Seoul and Tokyo with Maestro Myung-Whun Chung, with Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra combined into one orchestra. TPO has partnerships with Bunkamura Orchard Hall, the Bunkyo Ward in Tokyo, Chiba City, Karuizawa Cho in Nagano and Nagaoka City in Niigata.


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Some More Projects on Kickstarter to Check Out

Ok another round of nerd music related Kickstarter projects to check out and maybe help fund.

From across the pond in the the UK, Pardise Decay is wanting to realse his latest album Chipotronic 8 on CD Baby and needs some help paying the CD Baby submission and bar code fees.  Chipotronic 8 contains 30 tracks composed on an Amiga computer using 8bith samples and a 4 track sequencer.

He only needs 50 pounds (I do not know what that is in dollars) and has only two donation levels.  For one pound you get 10 bonus MP3s not on the album; for five pounds you get a digital download of the album and the bonus tracks.  Funding goes till April 6th.  Get a free track for just checking out the Kickstarter page.


Josh Perschbacher, an organist, wishes to perform classical music and music from the sound track of Star Wars on an organ using the Walt Disney Concert Hal in Los Angeles and record it.  He needs $5,000 to rent the hall to rent the hall for three days to do all of it.

Music to be recorded are Tchaikovsky’s 4th symphony, Darth Vader’s Imperial March, Duel of the Fates, the end credits from Episode 3, first movement to Beethoven’s 5th symphony, Mozart’s K426 fugue in c minor, Saint-Seans Dance Macbra, and Paul Dukas’ Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

Pledges of $10 gets you an downloadable album.  $20 for a physical album.  $100 pledge lets you into the hall to watch him record.  $500 and get a producer credit on the liner notes.  Funding goes till April 12.  Check the Kickstarter page to get a taste and listen to the Imperial March on organ.  It was made to for an organ I swear.

For video game fans we have Jeremy Soule the video game composer looking to create his own symphony, Soule Symphony No. 1, “The Northerner.”  He was writtern music for The Elder Scrolls, Guild Wars, Neverwinter Nights, Forgotten Realms, Harry Potter, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Baldur’s Gate, World of Warcraft, Warhammer, and many more.  He now wishes to move into the tradition of classical music.  The symphonic work will feature live players and singers with new technologies.

He has asked for $10,000 and has gotten over $44,000 as of this writing.  Do not worry you can still join in on this till April 14th.  Since he is already over his goal he plans to work on being able to replace as many of the digital elements with live musician as he can.

Now to the donation levels: $15 to get an autographed CD of the symphony, $50 personalized autograph CD, $100 name in the special thanks part of the liner notes, $500 autographed and bound copy of the conductor’s score, and $1,000 to receive a page of the conductor’s manuscript written entirely in the composer’s hand, only available through Kickstarter.

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