88bit Proves Video Game Music Belongs on the Concert Hall Stage

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Pianist Rob Kovacs is a musical chameleon. Both a composer and performer, his past projects have included everything from scoring short films and virtual reality games to playing in an indie rock trio. But arguably the most interesting facet of Kovacs’ career is his alter ego, 88bit, a moniker he uses to create arrangements of his favorite video game music. A Cleveland native, Kovacs stayed close to home for his March 7 concert at Case Western Reserve University, which was presented as part of the Silver Hall Concert Series. Live-streamed from the Maltz Performing Arts Center, the performance was a fascinating exploration of all that both Kovacs’ playing and his arrangements have to offer.

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