Italy can claim credits to some of the greatest and most influential movie soundtracks ever. From spaghetti westerns to psychedelic animations, ‘giallo’ horror flicks to 70s cop films, the music continues to inspire everybody from Quentin Tarantino to Gnarls Barkley to Mike Patton. To celebrate this heritage, composer Massimo Nunzi has transcribed and adapted the movie soundtracks from the original recordings . An outstanding group of musicians, including veterans Dino Piana and Silvano Chimenti as well as their younger counterparts Fabrizio Bosso and Daniele Tittarelli, will super-collide in the Auditorium Parco della Musica concert hall as part of a 52-person orchestra. They’ll perform pieces by seminal composers such as Ennio Morricone, Piero Umiliani and Goblin – with arrangements that nod to the modern day sounds that those masters have influenced, plus breathtaking live visuals by Luca Barcellona and Sean Martin that put a brand new spin on the original cinematic masterpieces.
Previous Tour Stop
26 September – 2 October
Next Tour Stop
8 October – 9 October
Scores By: Ennio Morricone, Luis Bacalov, Piero Umiliani, Stelvio Cipriani, Peppino De Luca, Marc 4, Alessandro Alessandroni, Carlo Savina, Gian Franco Reverberi, Gian Piero Reverberi, Piero Piccioni, Franco Bixio, Vince Tempera, Fabio Frizzi, Goblin, Bruno Nicolai
Music Director and Conductor: Massimo Nunzi
Concept and Artistic Direction: David Nerattini and Silvia Volpato
Visual Artists: Luca Barcellona & Sean Martin
Players: Dino Piana, Silvano Chimenti, Fabrizio Bosso, Daniele Tittarelli, Marco Postacchini, Fabrizio Aiello, Marco Guidolotti, Enrico Zanisi, Juan Carlos Zamora, Egidio Marchitelli, DJ Stile, Giuliano Palma, Andrea Tofanelli, Andrea Biondi, Elena Somarè, Musica Nuda aka Petra Magoni & Ferruccio Spinetti, Giovanni Giorgi, Gunnlaug Thorvaldsdottir, Colle der Fomento aka Danno e Masito, Elvio Ghigliordini, Massimo Moriconi
“Mark il poliziotto” by Stelvio Cipriani
From the movie “Mark il poliziotto” (1975)
“Montreal Non Stop” by Luis Enriquez Bacalov
From the movie “L'ultima chance” (1973)
“Corsa Mortale” by Peppino De Luca E I Marc 4
From the movie “L'uomo dagli occhi di ghiaccio” (1971)
“Suspance And Flashback” by Alessandro Alessandroni
From the movie “Sangue di sbirro” (1976)
“Città Violenta” by Ennio Morricone
From the movie “Città Violenta” (1970)
“L'uomo con l'armonica” by Ennio Morricone
From the movie “C'era una volta il West” (1968)
“I Crudeli” by Ennio Morricone
From the movie “I Crudeli” (1967)
“Django” by Luis Enriquez Bacalov
From the movie “Django” (1966)
“Nel cimitero di Tucson” by Gianfranco e Gian Piero Revererbi
From the movie "Preparati la bara" (1968)
“Smog” by Piero Umiliani
From the movie “Smog” (1962)
“Gassman Blues” by Piero Umiliani
From the movie “I Soliti Ignoti” (1958)
“Upperseven: L’uomo da uccidere” by Bruno Nicolai
From the movie “Upperseven: L’uomo da uccidere” (1966)
“Spiral Waltz” by Piero Piccioni
From the movie “La decima vittima” (1965)
“2968” by Carlo Savina
From the movie “La scuola delle vergini” (1968)
“Robodog” by Ennio Morricone
From the movie “L’Umanoide” (1979)
“La terrificante notte del demonio” by Alessandro Alessandroni
From the movie “La terrificante notte del demonio” (1971)
“7 Note” by Franco Bixio,Fabio Frizzi e Vince Tempera
From the movie “7 Note in nero” (1977)
Profondo Rosso Medley:
“School At Night (intro)” by Giorgio Gaslini
From the movie “Profondo Rosso” (1975)
“Mad Puppet” by Goblin
From the movie “Profondo Rosso” (1975)
“Deep Shadow” by Giorgio Gaslini
From the movie “Profondo Rosso” (1975)
Orchestra director Massimo Nunzi started his career as a jazz trumpet player leading many groups and big bands and recording extensively. As an award-winning composer and arranger he has written for theatre, ballet, cinema and TV, and is the author of many books on music including the very successful Great History of Jazz series for Espresso magazine.
Artistic director for this project, and one of Rome’s finest assets in the field of crate-digging, David Nerattini has been excavating forgotten library, funk and soundtrack gems in Superfly magazine (with his editorial cohort Silvia Volpato) for over a decade now. As a musician, he blessed with his production skills hip hop acts (like Colle Der Fomento), Italian pop stars (Raf), big band extravaganzas (Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio). Plus, he hosts a regular show on RBMA radio, packed with exotic vinyl obscurities.
Born in South Africa but relocating early to Milan, Sean Martin is one of the true pioneers of hip hop culture in Italy. A well respected MC, and equally gifted as DJ, writer and breaker, he played a pivotal role in the growth of the culture nationwide. But that doesn’t tell it all: he showcased his vocal abilities as a soul singer in the project Smoke, though recently he’s devoted himself to digital graphics, tightly collaborating with calligrapher maestro Luca Barcellona.
Luca Barcellona is a celebrated graphic designer and calligrapher, whose personal mission is to revitalise the use of historic calligraphy techniques in modern media and street art. He teaches calligraphy with the Associazione Calligrafica Italiana and has presented his angular, scripted lettering at exhibitions like ‘Oscuro Scrutare’ in Milan, the project ‘Some Type of Wonderful’ in rome, and ’Don’t Believe the Type’ in The Hague.
Synonymous with the 60s Italian hard-bop scene to which he was a prolific contributor, Dino Piana is best known for his high-speed trombone flourishes with the Basso-Valdambrini Sextet, as well as his appearances on numerous sought-after 70s soundtrack and library recordings, such as Piero Umiliani’s ‘Today’s Sound’ and the cult Gianni Ferrio horror score ‘La Morte Accarezza A Mezzanotte’.
Fabrizio Bosso is a bonafide jazz trumpet superstar, a prodigal graduate of Turin’s Conservatory Giuseppe Verdi, and one of the most technically impressive trumpet players in the world. Earning a world-wide reputation at a young age, he has toured with George Russell and Steve Coleman, won numerous awards with his quintet, and recorded albums with labels such as Blue Note, Philology and EMI, among others.
Bassist Massimo Moriconi is an award-winning bassist, responsible for writing huge chunks of Italian jazz history as bass player for Mina and Armando Trovajoli, among others. He is also an avid teacher of improvisation and technique at the Music University Rome.
Giuliano Palma aka The King
Giuliano Palma aka The King, is a ska, reggae and pop singer from the group Casino Royale, who has also received widespread acclaim for his solo work and with his band the Bluebeaters. He has been featured on a multitude of albums, and been awarded several gold discs dating back to his first release in 1988.
Classically trained singer Petra Magoni is a vocalist whose voice crosses many different styles, from rock to jazz to opera. Gifted with remarkable technique, she specialized in music from an early age, and actively teaches in seminars on improvisation and harmonic singing. As well as her solo albums, she has also collaborated with Ferruccio Spinetti for their award-winning project, Musica Nuda.
Bassist Ferruccio Spinetti toured extensively as part of the rhythm section of Orchestra Avion Travel before starting the Musica Nuda project with collaborator Petra Magoni. So far, the group has released six widely successful albums that interpret well-known Italian songs in a deep, minimal and jazz-drenched style.
The young pianist Enrico Zanisi graduated from the Conservatory L’Aquila as a classical pianist before discovering jazz and winning a scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston and Manhattan School of Music’s Faculty of Jazz program. He continues to receive awards for his solo and trio works, and continues to explore the timbres between classical composition and jazz improvisation.
Lucca-born Andrea Tofanelli was already working with professional groups at the tender age of 14 before graduating from Instituto Musicale Pareggiato L. Boccherini in Lucca. As well as his classical training, he has worked with jazz musicians like Maynard Ferguson, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Kenny Wheeler, in addition to other musical luminaries like Kid Creole, Gloria Gaynor, Burt Bacharach and George Michael.
Roman alto sax-player Daniele Tittarelli started playing quite early, and quickly became one of the most active jazz musicians of the new Italian scene. After winning the Best Soloist Award at the Avignon Festival in 2000 he has gone on to a recording career, releasing the critically acclaimed ‘Jungle Trane’ album.
Icelandic Gunnlaug Thorvaldsdottir is a singer by nature, already making sounds and "talking" to birds at the age of 3. Later she gained national attention for her vocal abilities, appearing on radio and TV. Gunnlaug was resident at Benetton's laboratory Fabrica where she made her CD 'Survival Machines'. She has written music for films and theater as well as performing at locations such as Centre Pompidou.
Turntablist DJ Stile, renowned for his soundtrack-laden crates and skillful chopping of movie scores and dialogue, is an original founding member of the hip hop community Rome Zoo. DJ Stile has also worked with groups such as La Comitiva, Frankie HI-NRG MC, Neffa and Tiromancino.
A prolific sessionist and composer, Chimenti’s distinctive fuzz guitar tones underpinned soundtracks like Ennio Morricone’s ‘My Name Is Nobody’ and Piero Umiliani’s ‘La Legge Dei Gangsters’. He co-wrote the popular score to moody crime thriller ‘Milano Violenta’ with Enrico Pieranunzi under the alias Pulsar Music Ltd, and his psychedelic library cuts like ‘Contrazioni’ and ‘Aromi Esotici’ remain some of the most sought-after records of the era.
Juan Carlos Zamora
Juan began studying violin aged six years old, and at 19 began directing the local orchestra in his hometown of Cienfuegos, Cuba, after graduating from the National School of Art in Havana. Since then he has collaborated with famous Italian pop artists like Gabriella Ferri, Franco Califano, Pino Daniele, Rita Rondinella, and Tullio De Piscopo. A versatile multi-instrumentalist, he is renowned for his skills on mandolin, piano, and harmonica.
A consistent career as a percussiont that's thirty years long, made even more precious by collaborations with stars such as Paquito D'Rivera, Danilo Perez, Randy Brecker, Tony Scott just to name a few, and by projects that range from film scores to teaching, not to mention incidentally his solo releases (“Mambostar”, on Regroovable Jazz label).
Guitarist and arranger Egidio Marchitelli is often seen on Italian television, with his distinctive sound backing singers like Jose Feliciano and Dionne Warwick. He collaborates with some of the greatest exponents of Italian jazz, like Renato Sellani and Massimo Moriconi, and plays regularly with the well-known actress Annamaria Barbera Sconsolata at the most prestigious opera houses in Italy.
If there’s one element that typifies Ennio Morricone themes like ‘A Fistful of Dollars’, it’s the ghostly whistle, immortal sound of the lonely wild west. Elena Somare is one of the most gifted whistlers around, and has documented her obsession on the website Il Fischio Magico, The Magic Whistle. As well as this talent, she has directed a bestselling jazz documentary series and exhibited her photography worldwide.
Award-winning drummer from an early age and Berklee scholar, Giovanni Giorgi teaches at the CPM school in Milan, and has performed with a huge and diverse range of names from jazz to pop, from Carl Anderson to Ricky Martin. His latest project The Plug with Andrea Lombardini reflects his interest in electronic experimentation, combining his roots in bebop and funk with cutting edge sound design.
Andrea Biondi is a popular name on the Italian jazz circuit, and plays regularly in groups like Squintet with Elvio Ghigliordini and Paolo Tombolesi, or in his trio outfit with Sandro Ferrera and Paolo Grillo. His lyrical phrasing is reminiscent of vibraphone greats like Johnny Lytle and Gary Burton, and he counts Horace Silver amongst his key influences.
You can well find Marco Postacchini in tv or musical orchetras (“Cats”), but his cv and his love for music speak jazz first: collaborations with jazz giants like John Taylor, Peter Erskine, Kenny Wheeler, continuous relationships with the best Italian jazzists, various projects nurtured throughout the years starting with those that feature him as band leader: the Marco Postacchini Octet and MP's Jazzy Brunch.
Ci sono le presenze nelle orchestre delle prime serate Rai o in quelle dei musical, il curriculum e l'amore per la musica nel caso di Marco Postacchini parlano anche e soprattutto il linguaggio del jazz: collaborazioni con giganti come John Taylor, Peter Erskine, Kenny Wheeler, continue frequentazioni coi migliori jazzisti italiani, vari progetti costruiti negli anni a partire da quelli che lo vedono come leader: Marco Postacchini Octet ed MP's Jazzy Brunch.
A globetrotter: his talent as intrumentalist brought him to play in places like Montreal, Ottawa, Ankara, Bogota, Tabarqa, plus various European capitals. An eclectic musician: he alternates collaborations with tv big bands and those with the main stars of Italian jazz music. One who's faced the legends: he shared the stage both with Ennio Morricone and Armando Trovajoli.
Colle Der Fomento
Jake La Motta and Masito Fresco formed rap group Colle Der Fomento in the mid-nineties, and are infamous with Roman hip hop heads for their hardcore lyrics and crate-dug beats, an Italian take on the boom-bap favoured by Showbiz & AG, Cypress Hill and The Beatnuts. Their breakthrough albums 'Odio Pieno' and 'Scienza Doppia H' are packed with hard-hitting grooves and colourful rhymes.
The Orchestra (Organized by: Associazione CONCERTISSIMO)
Prisca Amori (Lead), Marcello Sirignano, Eunice Cangianiello, Andrea Cacopardo, Marco Quaranta, Elvin Dhimitri, Vanessa Cremaschi, Juan Carlos Albello Zamora, Fabio Acone, Laura Lungu, Valentina Macioti, Silvia Vicari
Gabriele Croci (Lead), Raffaele Schiavone, Rita Turrisi, Gaia Orsoni
Luca Pincini (Lead), Giovanna Famulari, Claudia Della Gatta
Bruno Corazza, Stefano Fresi, Stefania Del Prete, Cristiana Polegri
Andrea Tofanelli (Lead), Settimio Savioli, Sergio Vitale, Mario Caporilli
Saxes & Woodwinds
Massimiliano Filosi (Lead), Daniele Tittarelli, Marco Postacchini, Marco Guidolotti, Elvio Ghigliordini
Enzo De Rosa (Lead), Roberto Schiano, Rosario Liberti, Luca Giustozzi
Silvano Chimenti, Egidio Marchitelli
Electric And Double Bass
Piano And Keyboards