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The Full Works Concert with Rob Cowan 8pm - 10pm
23 August 2017, 12:02
Themes from ‘Pokémon’, played in multiscreen style on 25 different woodwind, brass and percussion instruments… all by one guy. It’s pretty impressive.
Hardcore Pokémon fan or not, we can all agree that ‘Gotta Catch ‘Em All’ is an absolute tune. It was written in 1999 by John Siegler and John Loeffler for the English adaptation of the anime, and has since morphed into the franchise’s official slogan.
Jordan Moore, a video game and classical music enthusiast, has arranged his own multiscreen adaptation of the theme for 14 instruments. These include (deep breath): two flutes, an oboe, a soprano G ocarina, two clarinets, two alto saxophones, a bassoon, two trumpets, two horns, two trombones, two euphoniums, a piano, a bass guitar, a drum set and a tambourine. And yes, he plays every single part himself.
He’s also done an epic version of Lugia’s Song from Pokémon: The Movie 2000, played on a piccolo, two flutes, an alto C ocarina and a double alto C ocarina, an oboe, three B flat clarinets, two alto saxophones, three trumpets, four horns, three trombones, a euphonium, a tuba, timpani, bells, a marimba, a snare drum, a bass drum, a suspended cymbal, crash cymbals and a triangle... which brings the grand total of instruments in the two videos up to 25.