The Time Has Come For A Second Quest

It is so nice to finally be able to share this. It’s been very hard keeping it a secret, but as you might have seen on various corners of the internet, ZREO is back. I was asked to rejoin the team to again support the community operations side of things. While we don’t have a forum this time around, we do have a Discord, and you should totally come hang out, especially if you want to be the first to hear the latest news. To be the first to hear new releases, check out the tier options on our Patreon.

And now, after ten years, here is your Friday Update.


New music after ten years featuring string quartet “ATLYS”

SACRAMENTO, CA, — After nearly ten years, ZREO is back once more for a “Second Quest.” ZREO: Second Quest continues its quest to produce high-quality orchestral arrangements of music from The Legend of Zelda™ video game series.

ZREO: Second Quest partners with string quartet, ATLYS, to produce a stunning virtuoso arrangement of Hyrule Field from The Legend of Zelda™ Ocarina of Time™. ATLYS performs the iconic theme arranged by ZREO Studios’ lead composer, Ari Fisher, in a classical tour de force showcasing their talent as players while proving that four players can be as powerful as an entire orchestra.

Hyrule Field feat. ATLYS is available now on Bandcamp, and it will available on all streaming platforms at noon CEST December 24th, 2021.

Hyrule Field feat. ATLYS was created during the COVID-19 pandemic at a time when various lock-downs and social isolations were in effect. Due to this limitation, musicians all over the world began “remote recording” from home with professional recording equipment. The necessity of working from home has allowed the ZREO: Second Quest team to partner with musicians from all corners of the globe to help produce these arrangements while at the same time supporting working musicians during difficult times. 

“Video game music deepened my devotion and love of music. Ocarina of Time was my introduction to the Legend of Zelda™ universe. I loved the music instantly,” from the arranger, Ari Fisher.

Hyrule Field feat. ATLYS was a special piece to me. It was originally a virtuoso arrangement for two violins, but producers Samuel Ferrara and Jeron Moore encouraged me to expand this piece for a fuller string section while remaining true to the vision of Koji Kondo’s orchestral version.”

He continues, “ATLYS is the only group I’ve met that truly understands my music; an ensemble of friends that I trust musically and professionally, and I have dedicated this piece to ATLYS for their inspiration and loyal friendship.”

“The energy and spirit of this music have captured generations, and to play it in such pure form as a string quartet is nothing short of exhilarating,” says Sabrina Tabby, violinist of ATLYS. “It is so vividly apparent how much heart Ari and Sam have poured into this project and makes it effortless for us to do the same. This is just the beginning!”

Originally founded in 2004, ZREO is committed to lush symphonic performances of the greatest songs from The Legend of Zelda™ composed by Koji Kondo, Toru Minegishi, Kenta Nagata, Hajime Wakai, Asuka Ohta, and others at Nintendo® as they would have sounded with the warm halls and intimate expression of live players. ZREO: Second Quest continues that legacy featuring many live musicians for upcoming releases.

ATLYS is a classically trained, crossover string quartet composed of four unique women. Lauded for their passionate and dynamic performances and signature sound, they create concert experiences that are both mesmerizing and interactive. With over 1,000 performances under their belt, they have inspired listeners across the globe. During these socially distant times, ATLYS has revolutionized their paradigm, perfecting the art of remote recording, launching a YouTube tutorial series to inspire young musicians, and publishing their unique arrangements. 

Ari Fisher, Co-Founder, Chief Music Director has won numerous film scoring competitions and collaborated on a variety of projects ranging from feature-length films to video game soundtracks.  He completed the Certificate Program at the Nadia Boulanger Institute in Paris, France, and received his Master’s degree in music composition from the Jacobs School of Music. In 2015, Fisher received the Jon Vickers Film Scoring Award for his score to the 1916 silent film, The Return of “Draw” Egan by William S. Hart and was performed at the Pordenone Silent Film Festival in 2019.

Samuel Ferrara, Co-Founder, CEO is a musician, virtual instrument programmer, editor, mix engineer, and producer. Ferrara has spent most of his professional career in between mediums – music, sound, photography, and videography. In 2004, he created the ambitious project Zelda Reorchestrated, intending to recreate the soundtracks to the entire Legend of Zelda™ series. Since then, he has perfected his craft in virtual orchestral mockups and orchestrations. 

Jeron Moore, Co-Founder, CCO is the producer of The Legend of Zelda™ 25th Anniversary Symphony – a series of commemoration concerts for the franchise’s 25th anniversary, and the producer and showrunner for The Legend of Zelda™: Symphony of the Goddesses world tour in 2012. Moore has also produced over 12 albums for BAFTA award-winning composer Jeremy Soule, including acclaimed scores for the Guild Wars™ franchise, The Elder Scrolls™ III: Morrowind, The Elder Scrolls™ IV: Oblivion, Dungeon Siege™ 2, Supreme Commander™, Prey™, and Gaia Interactive’s Monster Galaxy™. He continues as a producer, creative director, and project manager at indie game publisher Apogee Entertainment®.

ZREO Studios was founded in September 2020, and incorporated in July 2021 as a collaborative musical group that creates thoughtful interpretations of popular video game music while committing to musicianship and production value. ZREO: Second Quest is the first major musical project of the newly formed studio.

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The Legend of Zelda™: Ocarina of Time™ and related Zelda properties are © Nintendo. ZREO Studios, LLC, ATLYS, Ari Fisher, Samuel Ferrara, and the ZREO: Second Quest team are in no way affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected to Nintendo concerning this release. Musical compositions are © 1998 Nintendo and are used with permission. Mechanical licensing facilitated by ESL, ASL, and HFA.