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A New Symphonic Live Concert Dedicated to the Music of Japanese Monster Films Including Godzilla and Gamera.
A New Symphonic Live Concert Dedicated to the Music of Japanese Monster Films.
A New Symphonic Live Concert Dedicated to the Music of Japanese Monster Films.
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Photo by Len Medlock
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On July 12th, 2014, hundreds of Japanese Tokusatsu (special effects) fans descended upon the Pickwick Theater in Park Ridge, IL for "IFUKUBE 100: A LEGACY OF MONSTER MUSIC". This historic concert was a celebration of the music that maestro Akira Ifukube wrote for Toho's Godzilla film series. The Rondo Award-nominated event was met with praise, accolades, and recognition from Chicago to Tokyo. Friends and fans were in awe and left wanting more. The time has come to deliver just that, even bigger and better!

Composer Akira Ifukube. Photo Courtesy Erik Homenick
Composer Akira Ifukube. Photo Courtesy Erik Homenick

One of the biggest requests by the fans was to hear some of the themes that Mr. Ifukube wrote for non-Godzilla Toho films such as "Atragon", "The Mysterians", and "War of the Gargantuas". So to satisfy this, as well as deliver for the people who missed out last year, we will be conducting the FIRST EVER North American live performance of Mr. Ifukube's concert work "Symphonic Fantasia". This three movement piece, which was accompanied by scenes from the corresponding movies for the Toho Video release of "Godzilla Fantasia", features not only the best of his work from the Godzilla series, but also from the other aforementioned films. Symphonic Fantasia will be performed under license from Toho Music. But that is only one portion of what we have in store for all of you.

Composer Kow Otani. Photo Courtesy Norman England.
Composer Kow Otani. Photo Courtesy Norman England.

The first portion of the concert will focus on the incredible music of the composer Kow Otani. In 1995, Mr. Otani was called upon to be the musical anchor in director Shusuke Kaneko's "Gamera: Guardian of the Universe"(1995). This fantastic film was a throwback to the incredible kaiju films of Ishiro Honda and Eiji Tsuburaya and re-established Gamera as viable franchise. Otani and director Kaneko re-teamed for two sequels, "Gamera 2: Assault of Legion" (1996), and "Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris" (1999) before collaborating on "Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All Out Attack" at Toho Studios in 2001.

Composer Kow Otani (foreground) and Director Shusuke Kaneko (background). Photo Courtesy Norman England.
Composer Kow Otani (foreground) and Director Shusuke Kaneko (background). Photo Courtesy Norman England.

This performance will be the WORLD PREMIERE of Mr. Otani's kaiju scores, as they have never been performed live even in Japan, and he is working directly with us to ensure that the music is represented with absolute respect and authenticity. One of our stretch goals will also be to bring Mr. Otani to the concert as the guest of honor.

The Ifukube 100 Orchestra. Photo by Len Medlock.
The Ifukube 100 Orchestra. Photo by Len Medlock.

As it did last year, the concert will take place in conjunction with G-FEST on the weekend of July 10th-12th, 2015. Again taking up the baton for the performance will be John DeSentis with an orchestra of exceptionally talented freelance musicians from the Chicago area. We also want to make sure that our friends and fans understand that this fundraiser is for the production of the show. Tickets will be separate for those under the $200 backer level. However, backers and convention attendees will get first opportunity to purchase tickets at discounted pricing. Precise details about show time and date will be announced after the campaign.

PERFORMING AND MECHANICAL RIGHTS:

This concert and the recording will be done in full license with JASRAC (Japan Society for Rights of Authors, Composers, and Publishers), ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers), and The Harry Fox Agency. Mechanical rights for CDs are limited to a set amount of physical copies.


REGARDING REWARDS:

The estimated arrival dates vary for a couple of reasons. Most of the physical rewards will be ready to pick up at the convention in July if you are in attendance. The CD, for obvious reasons, won't be available until after the concert. If you are unable to pick up whichever items are available in July at the show, all will be shipped together no later than September.

Our goal this time is higher than before because we have plans in place that will make the show bigger and more exciting than before. Our higher goal also reflects a desire to locate a better venue which, if we are successful, will be announced after the campaign.

Every one of you proved how passionately you wanted to hear the music of your favorite Japanese giants last year, and this year all of us are poised to deliver a bigger and better show. For the second time in a year, you have an opportunity to help create a TRULY special, one of the kind event. You helped us do it before, now it's time to do it again!

Photo by Archie Waugh.
Photo by Archie Waugh.

Risks and challenges

With our previous campaign, we certainly encountered our share of risks and challenges, but through patience and perseverance, we came through. We have also used that experience to work towards making sure that things go more smoothly and efficiently than before. It took a longer time than we wanted to get your rewards to you, but we have taken steps to ensure that such a delay does not happen again. We are ready to face any challenge so long as our friends and fans are as well!

We also want backers who understand why this is so important and care first and foremost about the project goal. As Kickstarter's guidelines state, "...backers must understand that Kickstarter is not a store. When you back a project, you’re helping to create something new — not ordering something that already exists." That's precisely the point of a great project. We want you to believe in us, and we will do our best to fulfill your expectations, but the most important thing is the event itself. "We cannot do it without you and we want to make sure that you all know it!"

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    All the rewards above PLUS....a Bob Eggleton exclusive larger sized art print which will supplant the smaller one. A Kickstarter Exclusive. Bob Eggleton is a Hugo Award winning artist whose paintings have graced the covers of books, magazines and comics. This print will be for concert campaign only and never reproduced again.

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    All the rewards above PLUS....access to behind the scenes production diaries. Episodes will be made every few weeks and will showcase the various aspects of production as well as feature interviews with some of our collaborators. Episodes will stream digitally and be password protected. Kickstarter Exclusive for backers only.

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