Italian soundtrack composer Fabio Frizzi is set to embark on a North American tour in November, performing music from such cult horror films as Zombie 2 (1979), City of the Living Dead (1980), The Beyond (1981), and The House by the Cemetery (1981). The first stop is in Memphis, Tennessee on November 15; the final stop is in Atlanta, Georgia on December 20. Along the way, Frizzi will perform at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on December 9; tickets go on sale Friday, October 18.
Shows will begin with a live-to-film performance of the “Composer’s Cut” of score for The Beyond, which was recently restored for release on vinyl and CD by Cadabra Records after Frizzi uncovered unused music cues from the film. This complete version of the soundtrack had its west coast premiere early in October at Beyond Fest. The second set will offer a selection of the composer’s work for Beyond-director Lucio Fulici, titled “Frizzi 2 Fulci,” which will feature scenes from the films alongside the music.
“The definitive mix of a movie is a difficult matter in which [everyone’s] ideas flow and where the director has to create the right balance under his artistic view,” Fulci stated via press release. “For the new composer’s cut, I found my old notes taken with Lucio and many of the scenes that I newly scored contain the original, unused music cues…It is basically a new reading of that movie. I tried to do the work imagining Lucio sitting beside me. The true Beyond is always the one dated 1981, but I hope this new one will be a pleasant experience for all of those who loved that one.”
Frizzi has had a long career in Italian cinema, scoring dozens of movies – he even collaborated with members of Goblin on tracks used in the 1976 film Perché Si Uccidono – but perhaps his most memorable work was for Lucio Fulci, whose directorial approach deliberate eschewed narrative coherence in favor of atmosphere interrupted by gruesome episodes of graphic horror, creating a sort of nightmare universe in which logic had been disrupted by dark forces beyond human comprehension. Frizzi’s music added a layer of dread that matched the visual insanity.
For his horror scores, Frizzi employed synthesizer lines over repetitive bass riffs and drumbeats, creating a mesmerizing effect, somewhat in the style of Goblin, but he also utilized orchestral elements to sinister effect, particularly in The Beyond, which augments eerie mellotron tonalities with real strings and wind instruments. To recreate the music live, Frizzi will be accompanied by a seven-piece orchestra.
The complete schedule for Fabio Frizzi’s “Beyond Composers Cut Tour” is listed below:
11/15/2019 Memphis TN @ Black Lodge (On Sale Tue. 10/15)
11/16/2019 Kansas City MO @ Screenland Armour Theatre http://bit.ly/2BavkoX
11/17/2019 Rock Island IL @ Rock Island Brewing Co. http://bit.ly/2IMM75l
11/18/2019 Chicago IL @ Thalia Hall http://bit.ly/33FygGn
11/19/2019 Detroit MI @ The Sanctuary https://bit.ly/2MCfgBq
11/20/2019 Toronto ON @ Hard Luck http://bit.ly/2Mil849
11/21/2019 Pittsburgh PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre http://bit.ly/31cyAuf
11/22/2019 Syracuse NY @ Bristol IMAX Omnitheater at The MOST http://bit.ly/2Mg02TW
11/23/2019 Youngstown OH @ Westside Bowl http://bit.ly/2oy5cSe
11/24/2019 Boston MA @ Coolidge Corner Theatre http://bit.ly/2OIyWq6
11/26/2019 Brooklyn NY @ Murmrr Theatre http://bit.ly/2piPIBy
11/28/2019 Greenville SC @ Radio Room http://bit.ly/2nJnPly
11/30/2019 Knoxville TN @ Central Cinema http://bit.ly/2ME9Ea4
12/01/2019 Nashville TN @ Exit / In http://bit.ly/2q92ZNi
12/02/2019 New Orleans LA @ The Church at Hotel Peter and Paul http://bit.ly/2pmomKy
12/03/2019 Lafayette LA @ Freetown Boom Boom Room (On Sale Tue. 10/15)
12/04/2019 Dallas TX @ Gas Monkey http://bit.ly/2oxhbzt
12/05/2019 Austin TX @ The Parish On Sale Tues. 10/15
12/09/2019 Los Angeles CA @ The Fonda Theatre (On Sale Fri. 10/18)
12/10/2019 San Francisco CA @ The Chapel https://bit.ly/2q84Sdh
12/11/2019 Portland OR @ Hollywood Theatre http://bit.ly/2MeO0dr
12/12/2019 Seattle WA @ Fremont Abbey (On Sale Tue. 10/15)
12/15/2019 Denver CO @ Bluebird Theatre http://bit.ly/2MdYU2S
12/17/2019 Little Rock AR @ Vinos http://bit.ly/2VQOt8Z
12/18/2019 Jacksonville FL @ Sun-Ray Cinema http://bit.ly/318KYvu
12/19/2019 West Palm Beach FL @ Kelsey Theatre http://bit.ly/33q8c1A
12/20/2019 Atlanta GA @ Masquerade https://bit.ly/2M9iRbc