9 April 2012 marks 70 Years. Please join me in honoring the Souls of Bataan & Corregidor. Order the DVD online under STORMWORKS® VisaREEL™.
Order the Historic Chapter 5:8 CDs here. And please continue reading all that is on this page.
Watch an excerpt from THAT WE MIGHT LIVE on DVD: God Bless America & Star!
KAKEHASHI: That We Might Live, A Documentary in Music has broken the bounds of the band world and has won Two Telly Awards for History/Biography & Music. An Eva Gold Award for Music Documentary. The recorded concert work was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Music and was also nominated in the 49th Grammy Awards. THAT WE MIGHT LIVE, the DVD "visualized" Concert, was again nominated in the 50th Grammy Awards for Best Long Form Documentary Score.
This live-theatrical Grade 4-5 work for band of the 3rd Millennium has been "visually scored" in a process called STORMWORKS™ VisaREEL™, and further develops Music and Picture concepts first developed in LAST WORLD STANDING.
This work demonstrates just what a high school band is capable of in the 3rd Millennium. Whether or not you actually render the work, owning this resource serves as an historic addition to the repertoire of possibility.
Photos from the Mt. Pleasant HS rendering of THAT WE MIGHT LIVE on 14 May 2011
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And now for the FIRST STORMWORKS® Testimonial in sound! When you hear it, you'll see why it's better than the written word. This the voice of Dr. Anthony Gioffre, Former Principal, Port Chester, NY Public Schools. His message.
Captain Richard Snyder, USS BATAAN delivers the keynote address at the WHRO Premiere of THAT WE MIGHT LIVE.
"I have now watched The DVD of That We Might Live and just want to say what a truly significant experience it generates for me. I was moved multiple times throughout but most of all … near the end when you have the pages and pages of names on the screen. That was alone was a powerful … POWERFUL visual. As an active-duty line officer in our United States Air Force, I want to thank you for such a thoughtful, intensely well researched, and ravishingly honest musical documentary such as this. Also, thank you for offering it as a tribute to all of our veterans."
DANIEL W. BOOTHE, 1Lt, USAF, Commander/Music Director, USAF Band of Flight 2012
That We Might Live... by Grace C. Nash
Five Came Home... by Grace C. Nash
Anywhere, Anytime... by John Olson
O'Donnell... by John Olson
Courage on Bataan and Beyond... Abell OrtegaThe December Ship... by Betty B. Jones
Late Summer of 1941 and My War With Japan... by Weldon Hamilton
Through the Valley of the Kwai, (rereleased as To End All Wars...) by Ernest Gordon
Flyboys... by James Bradley
Musashi... by Eiji Yoshikawa
The 47 Ronin Story... by John Allyn
A Book of Five Rings... by Miyamoto Musashi
The Five People You Meet in Heaven... Mitch Albom
The Harp of Burma by Michio Takeyama
WARTIME TRILOGY : Out of the Smoke / Into the Smother / The Sword and the Blossom, by Ray Parkins
Surrender and Survival, The Experience of American POW's in the Pacific, 1941-1945 by Kerr, E. Bartlett
Death March: The Survivors of Bataan by Knox, Donald
Soon To be published: "The Zentsujians" by Roger Mansell
KAKEHASHI: That We Might Live, A Documentary in Music
Remember the Future... for Truth is Timeless. Our bridge to the Future is a place THAT WE MIGHT LIVE, a finally-fulfilled destiny beyond the Past, a new world born of facing our mutual and unfortunate Pasts with Hope, of forgiveness, of Love and Freedom. Such is the Home, then, now and always, that all of us have longed for.
The Japanese concept of "Kakehashi" refers to a this bridge of Hope, of Friendship, of our mutual overcoming of the Past.
KAKEHASHI: That We Might Live, A Documentary in Music is made complete by an historically accurate, pre-recorded CD of authentic radio & musical clips from World War II, excerpts and lyrics of which are pertinent to events in the Pacific.
In fact, 70 Copyrights were purchased in order to recreate the Past, firstly inspired by the Survivors of the Conflict in the Philippines, and now... in this more Universal telling of the story, the perspective of the Home-longing Japanese and the Innocent Souls lost in the destructive conclusion of World War II, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The connective thread? HOME. At the conclusion, we hear 2 arrangements. God Bless America, the key words of which are "Home Sweet Home", and then Furusato, which means... "My Home". Furusato, becomes the connective conclusion. Home, Home Sweet Home, Heimat.
To complete the international flavor of this Universal Version, Furusato is brought to us by Thomas Rundel of Germany. And it was in Germany that the first inspiration for a piece about HOME began. This concept of Home is explored in the connected and further concluding piece: JIDAI. It is the idea of Home, of HEIMAT.
This large scale, but accessible work utilizes a large chorus, the extended instrumentation of Band of the 3rd Millennium as described in the "storm" works, theatrical reenactments, comparable to David and Ahab!, and a disk of prerecorded Radio Broadcasts, songs, morse code clips and more from the period. This prerecorded CD will "accompany" the ensemble in the same manner as was premiered and demonstrated in The Universe Below.
This new and evolved work, KAKEHASHI: That We Might Live, A Documentary in Music is inspired by the Leadrship and Vision of The Japan Air Self Defense Force Band who recorded this work for the Chapter 5:8 CD Set: WRITINGS on the WALL.
Here now, to better sum the special Gift of the Japanese, please enjoy my opening comments for the Chapter 5:8 CD Set:
This piece is from the STORMWORKS... Chapter V∞ CD.
Please also read: That We Might Live... by Grace C. Nash. I did not know this book existed until long after writing both THAT WE MIGHT LIVE and KAKEHASHI: That We Might Live. And the SYNC? It's enormous!
"Steve, words cannot express the soaring emotions which one experiences when hearing this monumental work. You deserve the Medal of Freedom for this piece of patriotism, especially for your success in having the spirited cooperation of a once-despised and brutal enemy. I salute you, Sir!" -Joseph R. Priestley, LCDR, USN (Ret.) Served in WWII, Korea & Vietnam
"Stephen's new CD, Chapter 5:8 "Writings on the Wall" is indeed a historic groundbreaking album and a total artistic triumph. The Japanese military band and American voices superbly deliver a phenomenal performance of music that is at once gripping and spellbinding! From the moving mega work Kakehashi to the great uplifting rendition of God Bless America this double CD set is packed with masterworks. Cuba skillfully weaves music which creates two distinct atmospheres - one of the fun party nature of Tropicana - like casinos and the other of the oppression of the island's present dictatorial regime. Melillo migrates back and forth between these two moods with absolute musical mastery and with the full command of all his instrumental resources. The Violin Concerto, on the other hand, symbolizes the utmost in modern Romanticism. It is an outstanding expressive work which puts the violin through a myriad of expressive and technical paths. Bravo to Melillo on this fantastic achievement!" -Aldo Rafael Forte, Composer