The long awaited sequel to The ETHEReal String Project is finally here! This entire album brings together not only my friends from The ETHEReal String Orchestra along, but my good friend Benyamin Nuss as well as Joe Zieja as special guests.
Benyamin Nuss is a familiar name for those who have listened to both Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts music whose extensive career includes recording for Masashi Hamauzu, touring with both Distant Worlds and A New World concerts as well as the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra Tour. Not only is he one of the most prolific performers out there, he produces and records his own albums a few of which are dedicated to JRPG music.
Joe Zieja is mostly known for his extensive career as a voice actor, lending his acting to various high profile projects such as Fire Emblem: The Three Houses, Star Fox Zero: The Battle Begins, Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin just to name a few. In addition to being an exceptional voice actor, Joe is also an amazing musician in which he performs an original song on Kaleidoscope titled "Home".
The album as a whole focuses on two of my all-time favorite composers in the gaming industry: Hitoshi Sakimoto and Masashi Hamauzu. Many of these pieces have never been recorded by live musicians and so once again, I set out to not only preserve and honor these classics, but to arrange them so that new audiences can connect to these legendary game scores. Each composer gets a rather diverse selection that hopefully covers their career, albeit in broad strokes.
You may find the album hub here which will include the various links for most platforms (Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, etc.).
Lastly, I cannot thank you all enough for your support and encouragement over the years! I have more things in progress and will make it a priority to lessen the wait between now and the next release :)