If you’ve been clamouring for a bit more jazz in your Elden Ring soundtrack, Bandai Namco has the answer. It’s hosting a live concert this December that, for those in the US willing to pay for it, will be streamed online.
Elden Ring: A Night in the Lands Between, as the event will be known, is a collaboration between Bandai Namco, Award-winning musician Kenny Garrett, and Takuya Kuroda. It promises “recognisable melodies from the game’s soundtrack…performed live in Jazz format – with improvisation” by a group of musicians lead by Garrett on Alto Sax and Kuroda on trumpet.
“While video game soundtracks have seen variations as symphonic music and even Rock n’ Roll, our ‘A Night in the Lands Between’ Jazz event is exploring a wonderfully different treatment of the Elden Ring soundtrack,” wrote Bandai Namco’s senior director of esports and live entertainment Wataru Nakasuji in a statement accompanying today’s announcement.
“Jazz master Kenny Garrett and new generation player Takuya Kuroda are both truly world-class musicians, respected and renowned by lovers of Jazz around the world, and they are now lending their different talents to give birth to a new creative way to meld music and video games.”
All this is due to take place at Hollywood’s Bourbon Room on 3rd December, with one performance scheduled for 6pm PT and another at 10pm PT. Both will be streamed live.
There are, however, two potential snags here; firstly, Bandai Namco’s press release says the livestream and video-on-demand access are only available within the US at present. Secondly, the charge for watching live isn’t cheap.
To attend in person will cost either $75 USD, $125, or $200 – with prices determining the selection of goodies included and whether you’re sat in the reserved, premium, or VIP seating area – while livestream access costs either $25 or $50. The cheaper ticket is event access only, while the more expensive option includes a t-shirt and digital soundtrack. Finally, video-on-demand access after the event will cost $15.
At $15, I might be tempted if it wasn’t for regional restrictions around the event. Hopefully Bandai Namco can find a way to open things up to a broader audience at a later date.