Take a Classic Road Trip this Summer

If Kurulin Fusion has piqued your interest in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, you might want to check out a live performance of his works at one of the many Bach festivals that dot the landscape every summer. A few U.S. highlights:

Victoria Bach Festival, June 8-12. The eyes of Texas are upon the festival’s 35th anniversary season.

Oregon Bach Festival, June 25-July 11. Lots of J.S, of course, but Verdi, Chopin and Beethoven get play, too.

Carmel Bach Festival, July 17-31. California seaside town famous for former mayor Clint Eastwood goes Baroque.

White Mountain Musical Arts Bach Festival, August 22, 27-29. Pretty mountain village is magnet to Bostonians seeking to beat the heat and get a little cantata action.

If you’re headed to the master’s old stomping grounds, it might seem that Germany has more Bach bashes than soccer clubs. Not quite, perhaps, but performances of his works still attract thousands every year from all over the world. (Japan has many Bach fans, most notably, of course, Kurulin Fusion composer Nobuo Uematsu.) Germany’s most famous Bach festival is in Leipzig, where Bach spent the last 17 years of his illustrious life. This year, the Bachfest Leipzeg runs June 11-20.

And don’t forget to take your PSP with Kurulin Fusion. It’s a great way to while away those long hours traveling.

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  • Fusion Blocks--The square Fusion Blocks trigger "clearing" events and can be combined to form 3x3 structures for super combo scores.
  • Energy Orbs--Arrange like-colored Energy Orbs so that a single clearing event will create a chain of extra clearing events and combos.
  • Clearing--When a Fusion Block touches an Energy Orb of the same color, the two blocks clear along with all the adjacent Energy Orbs of the same color
  • Combos--Fusion Blocks of the same color "fuse" together when they touch. When cleared, fused blocks generate top scores.
  • Chains--When Energy Orbs are cleared, the Fusion Blocks and Energy Orbs of different colors stacked above them will shift downward, and they may create a "chain effect" of new clearing events and extra scoring.

Previous MTO products published in the US and Europe by UBISOFT included the following games, many of which sold a million copies or more:

  • Dogz(GBA)
  • Dogz 2(GBA)
  • Catz(GBA)
  • Dogz Fashion(GBA)
  • Dogz(DS)
  • Dogz 2(DS)
  • Imagine Master Chef(DS)
  • Petz Dogz Fashion(DS)
  • Happy Cooking(DS)
  • GT Pro series(Wii)
Bio: Nobuo Uematsu

Nobuo UematsuNobuo Uematsu has become one of the most famous music composer in the video game industry largely due to his emotionally-moving scores for many titles in the popular Final Fantasy series from Square-Enix. Inspired by pop legend Elton John as a boy, Nobuo taught himself to play piano. But during his college years at Kanagawa University he learned that his true passion was to write music. He joined Squaresoft (later Square- Enix) in 1986, where he composed music for many of the Final Fantasy series games as well as other Square-Enix titles, such as Chrono Trigger. He has worked on music for more than 40 video games, where his versatility is reflected in styles ranging from classical to techno-elctronica and jazz. Although Uematsu-san left Square-Enix in 2004 to found his own company--Smile Please, along with a recording company, Dog Ear Records--he has continued to work with Square-Enix on Final Fantasy projects. He has also been involved with a series of symphonic concert performances all over the world featuring his music.

Bio: J.S. Bach

J.S. BachThe highly prolific Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) composed dozens of works for chorus, orchestra and keyboards, but in his lifetime was most famous as an organist. He spent his entire life in Germany, never traveling abroad. Such was his dedication to his craft that when he was 20, he left his duties as a church organist in Arnstand and walked 250 miles to study under Dieterich Buxtehude, considered Germany’s master organist of the era. Famous keyboard compositions by Bach include The Well-Tempered Clavier and the Goldberg Variations, which Nobuo Uematsu has re-imagined for Kurulin Fusion. His most famous orchestral work is the Brandenburg concertos. His vocal and choral works include the Christmas Oratorio, the Easter Oratorio and two Magnificats. Bach was pretty prolific as a father too. Between his two wives--Maria and Anna--he had 20 children. Five of his sons became prominent musicians.

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