Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Morricone Youth Live Scores The Adventures of Prince Achmed @ Nitehawk 9/28 and 9/30


Lotte Reiniger • 1926 • 65 Mins. • Germany • English & German Subtitles • Digital

This is a LIVE + SOUND + CINEMA event!
MORRICONE YOUTH play live music & soundscape to the film.

The Adventures of Prince Achmed is boldly innovative in its approach to animation and charmingly in its adaptation of the ancient “Arabian Nights” tales. The rarely-seen animated feature was produced and directed by Lotte Reiniger, one of the very few women animators to achieve international recognition. The film brilliantly invents a variety of remarkable characters, frightening creatures, exotic locations and challenging topographies using silhouettes, providing a unique monochromatic experience which, in its bold simplicity, puts today’s complicated digital animation to shame. The story is rich with wildly imaginative scene. The film also serves up a wonderfully old-fashioned sense of exotica with glorious Arabesque architecture and set designs, and even the characters’ costumes. The film’s artwork is fluid and graceful, spiced with humor. "The Adventures of Prince Achmed" is not only the oldest surviving animated movie, it's a beautifully innovative and enchanting masterpiece.

The last live scoring screenings sold out so buy tickets in advance HERE!

The Lounge Lizards' Evan Lurie Guests on Morricone Youth [ARCHIVE]

On the September 16, 2012 edition of Morricone Youth, Devon E. Levins welcomed film and television soundtrack composer and founding member of The Lounge Lizards Evan Lurie for an exclusive interview and in-depth listen to his music. In addition to his twenty year tenure in The The Lounge Lizards and releasing three solo albums, Evan Lurie has composed music for over 30 films and television programs including Steve Buscemi's Trees Lounge, Interview and Lonesome Jim, Cindy Sherman's Office Killer, Roberto Benigni's Johnny Stecchino and Il Mostro, Stanley Tucci's Joe Gould's Secret, Philip Seymour Hoffman's directorial debut Jack Goes Boating and four seasons of Nickelodeon's The Backyardigans. Notably each of the 77 episodes of The Backyardigans introduced children to a completely different musical genre.

Evan Lurie previously gained renown as the pianist of The Lounge Lizards formed in the 1970's in the Lower East Side recording nine albums and performing internationally through the late 1990's. Lurie composed some of the band's most memorable songs. His second solo album, Pieces of Bandoneon (1987) was commissioned as the soundtrack to Japanese yakuza film Chochin and his third, Selling Water by the Side of the River (1990), included tracks originally composed for Benigni's Il Piccolo Diavolo soundtrack. His subsequent album on John Zorn's Tzadik label, How I Spent My Vacation (1998), consists of pieces Lurie wrote for many smaller budget films such as Trees Lounge and Danny Leiner's Layin Low, and performances by many of his Lounge Lizard cohort from various incarnations.

The ARCHIVE can be heard HERE and the playlist viewed HERE!

A GROOVY SITUATION w/ Morricone Youth, SMOOTA and Cochemea Gastelum Tue 6/5

9:30 SMOOTA 
10:30 COCHEMEA GASTELUM: The Electric Sound of Johnny Arrow 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 
Doors 8pm

Union Pool 
484 Union Ave 
Brooklyn, NY 11211 
(718) 609-0484 

Thanks to Rocket Rob Patton for the flyerage:

MORRICONE YOUTH Live Scores David Lynch's ERASERHEAD Two Nights! Fri 5/25 and Sat 5/26

      provides live score to 
      David Lynch's 1979 cult classic 

      TWO NIGHTS the closing weekend of Nitehawk Cinema's
      May-long Late Night David Lynch Series

      Friday 5/25 and Saturday 5/26
      @ midnight, of course.


      Nitehawk Cinema
      136 Metropolitan Ave
      Brooklyn, NY 11211
      (718) 384-3980

      for ticketing:

      Late Midnite + Loud Movie + Live Music

      Thanks to Rocket Rob Patton for the flyerage:

    Monday, September 10, 2012

    Tribute to Lyricist Hal David (1921 – 2012)

    Hal David, the renowned lyricist whose collaborations with composer Burt Bacharach produced endless memorable hits in the '60s and '70s died in Los Angeles on Saturday September 1st. He was 91. The September 9, 2012 radio show is dedicated to his work. His timeless soundtrack work includes Louis Armstrong's "We Have All The Time In The World" from On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Shirley Bassey's "Moonraker," Tom Jones' "What's New Pussycat," B.J. Thomas' "Rain Drops Keep Fallin' On My Head," and Dusty Springfield's "Look of Love" from Casino Royale. You can find a list of his soundtrack hits HERE. You can listen to the archive of the show HERE and/or view the PLAYLIST.