‘Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience’ comes to Mohegan Sun
When does HBO’s insanely popular “Game of Thrones” return to television for its seventh season? Even the show’s music composer, Ramin Djawadi, who routinely works with its creators, says all he knows is it will be sometime this year.
But watching the Emmy-winning drama on HBO isn’t the only way to get a “Game of Thrones” fix. You can also do it through the new “Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience” at Mohegan Sun on Saturday, Feb. 25. The production uses music and special effects to re-create spellbinding moments from the fantasy series, so audience members will feel as if they’re immersed in it.
Djawadi said an orchestral concert in the round is featured, along with massive video screens showing footage from the show and more. State-of-the-art effects create magical illusions — from fire-breathing dragons to musicians enveloped in a swirling snowstorm.
“I will travel around the country with a core group of soloists and pretty much have a new orchestra and choir in every city,” Djawadi said. He wasn’t sure which Connecticut performers were lined up, but said there would be rehearsals before his arrival, and then afterward, with him.
“Game of Thrones” is based on the novels by George R.R. Martin. The story lines vary, with dynasties competing for succession to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, fights for independence, and the threat of a dangerous winter.
The live show re-creates the different realms. “You’ll feel like you’re there. We will play all the pieces people really want to hear, and run through all six seasons.”
Djawadi, 42, is a German-Iranian composer. He played piano by ear at 4, is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, and is also known for his work in films such as “Pacific Rim” and “Iron Man,” plus other TV shows.
Composing for “Game of Thrones” starts with the viewing of rough film cuts. “They don’t have the final sound effects or the final visual effects, but I have dialogue and a pretty good idea what the scene will be.”
The show’s creators weigh in on every note. “First we watch the episode and just discuss where the music should go and what it should do. Then I go back and write it all and create demos, and they come to the studio and we play through every single piece to listen, discuss and tweak. ...”
Djawadi said many people have asked where he gets his inspiration. “These melodies are in my head, and I just kind of grab them or try to grab them as they flow by... I don’t know how else to describe it. It’s just always there. I hear music in my head. I always thought that was normal,” he said, laughing. “But my wife said, ‘No Ramin, that is not normal. I don’t hear music in my head right now!’ ”
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