Yoshiki Classical World Tour
In December of 2013, LAMC began dialogues with YSK Entertainment about collaborating on putting together a tour promoting his recent release, Yoshiki Classical, utilizing a stripped down instrumentation of simply piano and small string section.
After four months of scouting and reviewing hundreds of submissions and in-person auditions, LAMC assembled a dynamic and diverse septet of players to accompany Yoshiki (on piano) for thirteen performances in ten countries from the end of April to the middle of June, as well as hiring an LAMC representative to travel with the project as Yoshiki's personal assistant and music librarian. Simultaneous to the search for the string section, LAMC's writing team (overseen by arranger/orchestrator David Catalan) was busy at work condensing and adapting the recorded arrangements of Yoshiki's repertoire for seven strings.
Our writing team remained on standby around the clock while tour rehearsals began with LAMC co-directors David Lamoureux and Stephan Cardenas serving as music supervisors, working closely with Yoshiki on the concert's musical presentation and direction. From the initial music rehearsals at YSK Studio in Los Angeles to full production rehearsals at Sony Studios in Culver City, LAMC remained on-site and hands-on, facilitating arrangement changes and song additions up to the debut performance at Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa on April 25.
After successful and jubilantly received performances in San Francisco and Mexico City, the tour traveled overseas for performances in Moscow, Berlin, Paris and London, followed by a final leg of performances in Shanghai, Beijing, Bangkok, Taipei, Tokyo and Osaka. LAMC remained hard at work while stationed in CA, enlisting a team of dynamic and resourceful international liaisons to coordinate cello rentals in every European and Asian city on the tour schedule. Additionally, LAMC worked on-site in Paris for a performance at Le Trianon, ensuring a smooth transition from what had been a string sextet to a septet and being able to support the production team in person, and the writing team remains at the ready to satisfy any last minute arrangement needs or other scoring requirements.
This project has been an exceptional platform to see so many factors of what makes LAMC's business model unique in action.
Tremendous admiration and appreciation to violinists Michelle Hassler, Desiree Hazley, Molly Rogers and Lucine Fyelon, violist Kiara Ana Perico, cellists Tina Guo and Leah Metzler, and Adrianna Rose Lyons for their exemplary work on the road with this project; to David Catalan and his team for their tireless dedication to unrivaled turnaround time and quality; to Anna Okunev, Andrey Rastkin, Stefanie Rothe with Preissler Music, Daniel Boden, Andrei Kivu, Bill Pamplin with Thwaites Fine Stringed Instruments, Jonathan Wang, YitaMusic, Dong Sheng Bai, Will Vargas, John Wolfenden, Carl Becker and Son, and everyone else who provided invaluable assistance with coordinating the tour's international instrument rentals; to Yaz Noya, Alan Arana, Boyd Bijlmakers, Marty Hom, Bernie Boyle, Phay MacMahon, and the rest of Yoshiki Classical Tour's incredible production staff; and, of course, to Yoshiki, for allowing us the opportunity to partner with him on this incredible process. It's been a thrilling and satisfying experience seeing the impact these performances have had on Yoshiki's overwhelmingly enthusiastic and appreciative fan base and a collaboration we're very enthusiastic to continue and expand in the future.
Photos courtesy of YSK Entertainment
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