NEW VIDEO: Charlie Rosen and 8-Bit Big Band Release "Lifelight" - Virtual Orchestra feat. 664 Musicians

On Thursday (May 14), multi-talented bandleader, Broadway and television composer, and mega multi-instrumentalist, Charlie Rosen released a captivating new video with the 8-Bit Big Band project! The video sees a total of 664 musicians from across 40 different countries simultaneously performing "Lifelight" from Super Smash Brothers - this collective might just be the largest virtual big band ever created

Charlie Rosen, the 29-year old multi-talented bandleader, Broadway and television composer, and mega multi-instrumentalist, is proud to present a captivating new video with his acclaimed 8-Bit Big Band project! Performing "Lifelight" from Super Smash Brothers, 664 8-Bit Big Band fans from across 40 different countries have come together for the first user generated video, displaying what could just be the largest virtual big band ever created.

The 8-Bit Big Band made their New York City debut in May 2019 at Subculture. Following this sold out show, the band made its way to Boston, where it filled the 1200-seat Berklee Performance Center. In January 2020, Rosen and his big band were thrilled to return to New York City with a performance at Sony Hall. This high-energy, multimedia event celebrated the breadth and richness of music from globally sensational video game franchises like Super Mario Brothers, the Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, Pokemon, and more.

In the two years since its inception, the 8-Big Band has become a viral sensation. Their fully produced music videos, regularly uploaded to their YouTube channel, rack up tens to hundreds of thousands of views. Currently, the channel boasts over 90, 000 subscribers and has garnered over 5M cumulative views in the past year. In May of 2018, the 8-Bit Big Band released its first album, Press Start!, which features the music of the Super Mario series, the Legend of Zelda series, Ganbare Goemon, F-Zero, and Final Fantasy. In June 2019, the band released its second album Choose Your Character, which includes music from Donkey Kong Country, Duck Tales, Sonic The Hedgehog, Pokemon, Portal and more from Super Mario Series, The Legend of Zelda and Tetris.

"As a lifelong gamer who also grew up listening to the best in orchestral and big band music, I see the music of many video games as musically equivalent to other great works of music set to media such as film scores and broadway shows. Many carry the same quality of melody and composition when it comes to quality, scope, and emotional appeal for audiences. The crowd reaction when we play our versions of themes from favorites such as Mario, Tetris, and Legend of Zelda is overwhelming, not just because it's amazing music on its own, but also because of the strong memories and nostalgia evoked in an audience that played these games throughout childhood. I truly believe that video game music deserves to be included in a 'New American Songbook, ' just like classic film and Broadway music has been canonized by the Golden Age American Songbook, " Rosen says.

The 8-Bit Big Band is a 33-member jazz/pops orchestra formed by Charlie Rosen to celebrate and realize some of the best musical themes of various video games from a multitude of consoles and eras. The members of the 8-Bit Big Band come from all around the world, with most residing primarily in New York City, and are some of the most highly sought-after musicians and performers internationally. Many are all gamers at heart who enjoy playing many of the titles whose music they performed.

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