Wednesday, September 19, 2012

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!

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