The producers of the live orchestra phenomenon Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY are proud to present another amazing FINAL FANTASY music experience.
We have taken the majesty and power of the symphony orchestra and distilled it down to its most intimate, achingly beautiful elements.
A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY presents fresh arrangements of music from throughout the 30+ years of the FINAL FANTASY catalogue. The programs feature string quartets, piano and guitar solos, duos, trios and other mixed groups of instrumentalists to produce an immediate and personal encounter with the extraordinary FINAL FANTASY musical themes, characters and settings.
The new FINAL FANTASY arrangements are written by Arnie Roth and Eric Roth of AWR Music Productions, the critically-hailed team behind the Distant Worlds concerts, with additional arrangements by Shiro Hamaguchi, Nobuo Uematsu’s longtime collaborator on the FINAL FANTASY video game soundtrack recordings.
A New World joins Distant Worlds as an exclusive, officially licensed production with the renowned game developer SQUARE ENIX. A New World introduces audiences to the music from FINAL FANTASY on a personal and intimate scale that has yet to be experienced.
About Music Director Eric Roth
AWR Music’s Eric Roth is a formidable musical force: a music director/conductor, an orchestrator/arranger, a producer of concerts and recordings, a composer of original music, and much more.
Eric is the music director and chief arranger for A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY, the chamber music ensemble concert production by AWR Music Productions and video game developer SQUARE ENIX. Since premiering in 2014, the production has performed hundreds of concerts on four continents and released two acclaimed full-length recordings. He is also the associate music director and an orchestrator/arranger for Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY, the global live orchestral performance phenomenon. In 2020, Eric was the music director and conductor for the incredible sold-out world premiere of Undertale LIVE featuring the music from Toby Fox’s hit video game. Eric was also the lead orchestrator/arranger and produced the subsequent album. bles.
Eric was the primary conductor of the orchestra for “Weird Al” Yankovic’s historic Strings Attached Tour in 2019, performing dozens of monumental multimedia shows throughout the United States and Canada. Eric also conducted the once-in-a-lifetime Suprise, Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular! concert at the United Center in Chicago with a roster of performers that included Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Patti LaBelle, Usher, Kristin Chenoweth, Jamie Foxx, and Josh Groban. He has also worked as a conductor on projects with Five for Fighting, Seal, Jewel, Dennis DeYoung and Stevie Nicks, and has conducted many prominent symphony orchestras and other ensembles around the world.
Other orchestration/arranging credits include two best-selling Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Symphony albums, the Pat Benatar/Neil Giraldo orchestra production with the Pittsburgh Symphony, KC and the Sunshine Band with the Memphis Symphony, Five For Fighting orchestra and string quartet productions, Twelve Doors: Tribute to Noriyuki Iwadare, and much more.
Eric’s original music includes The RPG National Anthem Variations, a theme and variations based on Nobuo Uematsu’s “Main Theme from FINAL FANTASY” for guitar virtuoso Sam Griffin, music for the dynamic harmonica/piano duo Konstantin Reinfeld/Benyamin Nuss, music for the documentary film Baseball’s Been Very, Very Good to Me: The Minnie Minoso Story, music for Curious George’s Dictionary, an award-winning application for mobile devices, and much more. He’s also released his original music on albums such as Battery and Program16. Other original music includes Lyceum for percussion ensemble and solo recitation, The Clark Street Bridge Project for 80+ percussionists, and Secret Cheese commissioned for live performance at the Tate Modern in London.