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An Evening of Japanese Monster Music
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Japanese Monster Music Returns to Chicago in July, 2019!

Fans and attendees of G-FEST 2014 and 2015 were treated to two incredible and memorable nights of their favorite kaiju music. "IFUKUBE 100: A LEGACY OF MONSTER MUSIC" and "SYMPHONIC FURY: THE MUSIC OF JAPANESE MONSTERS" brought many kaiju fans and professionals together to celebrate the tapestry of wonderful scoring that has been the Godzilla series. After a three year break, monstrous music is back in a big way with the most varied offering yet. "KAIJU CRESCENDO: AN EVENING OF JAPANESE MONSTER MUSIC" will bring some of the most incredible Tokusatsu film scores together for an unforgettable performance during G-FEST XXVI weekend, July 12-14th, 2019.  

今年7月12日〜14日、シカゴで開催されるGfestの期間中にゴジラのオーケストラコンサートを開催するためのキックスターターが立ち上げられました。
 

コンサート1部では伊福部昭と佐藤勝のゴジラの曲を、2部では大島ミチルが作曲した「ゴジラ対メガギラス」、「ゴジラ対メカゴジラ」、「ゴジラ×モスラ×メカゴジラ 東京SOS」の中から、出来るだけ沢山の曲を大島ミチル本人の指揮で演奏します。また今回のみ特別に「もしゴジラがシカゴに上陸したら」という仮定で大島ミチルの新曲も世界初演されます。
 

コンサートに来られない方のために当日のコンサートライブのデジタル音源やCDも用意されています。どうぞこの機会にご支援よろしくお願いいたします。
 

(詳しいことはアップデートのところで見られます)

Composer Michiru Oshima
Composer Michiru Oshima

 This year, musical director and concert conductor John DeSentis teams with Godzilla series composer Michiru Oshima to bring her music to life with a live orchestra. "KAIJU CRESCENDO: AN EVENING OF JAPANESE MONSTER MUSIC" will showcase music from Oshima's three powerful and dynamic Godzilla scores. Highlights will be selected from "Godzilla vs. Megaguiras" (2000), "Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla" (2002), and "Godzilla: Tokyo SOS" (2003). Not only that, Michiru Oshima will be writing a brand new work inspired by the upcoming concert that will have its world premiere that night! 

It has been so rare even in Japan that a Godzilla series composer conducts their own music with an orchestra live. Even the great Akira Ifukube always tended to let others conduct his monster music in concert. This performance will be an incredibly unique experience in that regard, as Michiru Oshima takes to the podium to lead the orchestra and electrify the crowd. Her presence on stage will undoubtedly make this an experience to remember. And speaking of which....

MICHIRU OSHIMA WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Which of the cues from her three scores do you want to hear the MOST? Please leave a comment, or write a message to this Kickstarter page and let us know about your favorite musical tracks and we will take a consensus as we finalize the set list! YOU can help decide the program!

John DeSentis conducts the "Ifukube 100: A Legacy of Monster Music" orchestra in 2014. Photo by Len Medlock.
John DeSentis conducts the "Ifukube 100: A Legacy of Monster Music" orchestra in 2014. Photo by Len Medlock.

 In addition, John will be stepping up to perform some of the most requested score highlights from the Godzilla series and other beloved films from the Golden Era of Tokusatsu. The legacy of Akira Ifukube will be celebrated beginning with "Rodan" (1956) which is the most requested film score by the maestro to get the live treatment with the orchestra. Also in this set will be selections from his tour de force score to the 1957 film "The Mysterians", which is considered to be a major masterwork.  

Composer Akira Ifukube
Composer Akira Ifukube

Also being honored: the great Masaru Sato and his scores from "Son of Godzilla" (1967) and "Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla" (1974). These two works represent some of the most popular of his distinguished career and Mr. Sato's musical legacy is one that we cannot wait to salute.

Composer Masaru Sato.
Composer Masaru Sato.

 All works will be appropriately licensed for recording and performance from JASRAC (Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers, and Publishers) through the Harry Fox Agency in the United States as well as ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers). The CDs will be manufactured professionally and be of the highest quality, as will any other rewards.

Please join us in helping to create yet another memorable and incredible night of Japanese monster music. Remember that even if you cannot attend the concert, your contribution becomes a building block toward the ultimate goal and we have some exciting ways to thank you. Take a look at the Kickstarter rewards we have to offer and pick the one that works best for you (financially or otherwise).

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Please do keep in mind that while we try to make the Kickstarter rewards awesome enough to make it worth your while to contribute, Kickstarter is not a store and you aren't "buying" anything. You are contributing to a cause that we really hope you think is worth us dedicating a year (usually) of our lives fulfilling from start to finish. You are a crucial part of the process to making this come to fruition. The rewards are simply that, a thank you for your monetary contribution. But beyond the monetary, the contribution is one of the heart because you love this idea as much as we do. We thank you so much for that.

Risks and challenges

Delays in shipping for the previous concert campaigns are something we want to make sure we avoid this time. These have been caused by licensing details and post production issues. The plan is to make the delivery estimate Spring of 2020, but with an eye on completing them ahead of schedule. There are always risks of unexpected occurrences creating problems, but experience, planning, and budgeting properly go a long way toward mitigating any such issues.

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