New York City-based chamber ensemble iconiQ The Soundtrack Orchestra (or “iconiQuestra”) is, quite simply, a musical nerdfest. Founded in 2011 by Conductor & Artistic Director Bobbie Lee Crow III, the quirky “group of talented musicians, arrangers, and composers” (The Escapist) pays tribute to music from Japanese animated series [“anime”], cartoons, and video games with a super-special-button-smashing combo of music video medleys, “emotional performances” (ny&about), and interactive social events. It’s coupling of classical virtuosity and geek fandom has caught the ears of fans and industry professionals alike.

I got to see you guys perform during NYCC and was so amazed and hype at the performance. I joked with my friends that of course my first symphony was of sailor moon,but it was amazing and I’m so glad I was lucky enough to see it live
HeliosKou

 

iconiQuestra was first developed as a string quartet performing non-classical music. The ensemble expanded into a chamber orchestra with a unique repertoire of musical theatre tunes, newly-arranged jazz standards, and originals by its various members. In 2013, iconiQuestra changed it name and mission, transforming a “video ensemble” dedicated to animation soundtracks. Initial success came with its first tribute – Sailor Moon Symphony: SERASYMPHONY – which has earned over 90,000 views on Youtube. It was soon followed by medleys to Ubisoft’s Child of Light, FOX’s The Simpsons, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, ONE PIECE, and the Emmy Award-winning DC Comics Animated series.

On October 10, 2014, iconiQuestra began its inaugural performing season with a sold-out live concert of Sailor Moon Symphony at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music. Over 200 “Sailor Moonies” and anime fans from around the globe attended the debut concert which starred award-winning composer and pianist Yasuhiko Fukuoka and New York Times-praised violinist Christina Bouey.

The Board

Bobbie Lee Crow III

Artistic Director / Cello
bobbie@iconiquestra.org
  • Arranger, orchestra, composer, conductor, and cellist.
  • Played for Tony Award-winner Patina Miller, Academy Award-winner Tom Hooper, and Grammy Award-nominee David Tolley.
  • His essay on Sailor Mercury got him in to college. Eventually.
Featured in:

The Little Mermaid

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Bobbie Lee Crow III

Bobbie Lee Crow III

Artistic Director / Cello

Jason Mellow

Orchestra Manager / Violin
orchestramanager@iconiquestra.org
  • Jacobs School and Mannes graduate.
  • Featured in Radio City Christmas Spectacular and Amazon's Mozart in the Jungle.
  • Thinks Bobbie's an absolute nerd for starting this group but does all he can to keep it running. Thanks, friend.
Featured in:

Sailor Moon Symphony LIVE Concert

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Jason Mellow

Jason Mellow

Orchestra Manager / Violin

Mami Sugita

PR Manager / Violin
info@iconiquestra.org
  • Dancer, actress, musician, teacher.
  • Studied under Dr. Robert Gillespie, co-author of Essential Elements for Strings.
  • Favorite film of all time: Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away.
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Mami Sugita

Mami Sugita

PR Manager / Violin

The Orchestra

Alix Raspé

Harp
  • Major in Harp, Minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies.
  • Founder of MetroHarp Young Harpist's Alliance.
  • Can be heard on RuPaul's Drag Race (Season Five) and Bravo TV's Million Dollar Listing.
Featured in:

Sailor Moon Symphony IV. SuperS

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Alix Raspé

Alix Raspé

Harp

Annette Homann

violin
  • German-native with a love of bluegrass and fiddle music.
  • Toured with a performing violin group called "Barrage."
  • Acts just like Tsukino Usagi / Sailor Moon.
Featured in:

Sailor Moon Symphony LIVE! Concert

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Annette Homann

Annette Homann

violin

Christina Bouey

Violin
  • Praised by New York Times, Opera News, and The New York Post
  • Professional Studies graduate and multiple award-winner
  • Sailor Neptune-lover from the cold waters of Canada
Featured in:

Sailor Moon Symphony III. Super

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Christina Bouey

Christina Bouey

Violin

Cody Rahn

Drums
  • Performs with Aly Tadros, Elsa Nilsson, Steve Babcock, Zoe Sarnak, and Hannah & Maggic.
  • Endorsed by Evans, ProMark, and PureSound.
  • Completely captivated by caps and cats.
Featured in:

PlayStation 20th Anniversary

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Cody Rahn

Cody Rahn

Drums

Daniel Bennett

Woodwinds
  • Praised by Insite Magazine, Village Voice, and the Boston Herald.
  • Tours the Northeast with Daniel Bennett Group.
  • Really, really, REALLY likes his G.I. JOEs.
Featured in:

Sailor Moon Symphony OMAKE Medley

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Daniel Bennett

Daniel Bennett

Woodwinds

Danny Rivera

Woodwinds
  • Downbeat and ASCAP award-winning bandleader and composer.
  • Chosen by Bobby Sanabria to transcribe afro-cuban music for a 50th anniversary concert in Kenya
  • "Not gonna lie; I don't mind wearing tights."
Featured in:

Batman vs. Superman: The Animated Medley

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Danny Rivera

Danny Rivera

Woodwinds

Erin Whelan

French Horn
  • Rutgers Music Education and Performance major.
  • Mage of the prestigious Mad Science Arts
  • Don't make her choose between her horn or her puppy. You won't be happy.
Featured in:

Batman vs. Superman: The Animated Medley

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Erin Whelan

Erin Whelan

French Horn

Henry Hernandez

Woodwinds
  • Knows all the woodwind instruments you'll ever need.
  • Sailed the open seas in the US Navy and Carnival Cruise lines.
  • Pretty convincing Zoro from ONE PIECE.
Featured in:

Child of Light

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Henry Hernandez

Henry Hernandez

Woodwinds

Jeff McLaughlin

guitar
  • Composer, performer, and frequent face at international jazz fests.
  • Collaborated with Ari Hoenig, Drew Gress, Tom Kennedy, Jeremy Allen, Rob Dixon, and more
  • Will never wear his Tuxedo Mask top hat in public.
Featured in:

Sailor Moon Symphony I. Classic

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Jeff McLaughlin

Jeff McLaughlin

guitar

Jon Lijoi

Trumpet
  • Nashville and NYC-trained jazz horn-blower.
  • Played with jazz greats Wayne Krantz, Brian Lynch, Lenny Pickett and Kenny Werner.
  • Runs a zombie-affiliated funk band with his brother.
Featured in:

Batman vs. Superman: The Animated Medley

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Jon Lijoi

Jon Lijoi

Trumpet

Joseph Wallace

Bass
  • Frequent bassist for composer Ryan Scott Oliver
  • Touring with Broadway's Newsies musical.
  • Transcibes down the bow-chika-wow-wow of funk. For fun.
Featured in:

PlayStation 20th Anniversary

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Joseph Wallace

Joseph Wallace

Bass

Kiho Yutaka

violin
  • 'Hama girl from Yokohama, Japan.
  • Arranged and performed works of Latin Grammy award-winner Ivan Lins for the man himself.
  • Plays violin, piano, trumpet, tuba, AND bass guitar. Wow.
Featured in:

Child of Light

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Kiho Yutaka

Kiho Yutaka

violin

Nicholas Pauly

viola
  • Bachelor of Economics and Master of Music.
  • Toured China with Manhattan Symphonie
  • Everybody says he looks just like Hal Jordan.
Featured in:

Batman vs. Superman: The Animated Medley

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Nicholas Pauly

Nicholas Pauly

viola

Reynaldo Soriano

Percussion
  • International performer and educator.
  • Plays everything from reverent gospel to dirty mambo on a weekly basis.
  • You probably saw him in the Superbowl XLVIII or on America's Got Talent.
Featured in:

PlayStation 20th Anniversary

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Reynaldo Soriano

Reynaldo Soriano

Percussion

Yasuhiko Fukuoka

Keys
  • Award-winning film composer with credits at the Cannes, Dallas, and Sarasota film festivals
  • Jet-setter and accompanist for stars like Kay Matsukawa and Zack Dobbins
  • Probably playing at your favorite NYC piano bar right now. Tip him good.
Featured in:

Sailor Moon Symphony III. Super

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Yasuhiko Fukuoka

Yasuhiko Fukuoka

Keys