Influential Italian Prog Rock Masters to Live Score Soundtrack to Fantastical Film on Monthlong Autumn Trek
Legendary horror film soundtrack composer Claudio Simonetti and his critically acclaimed band, Claudio Simonetti's Goblin, have announced a fall North American headlining tour. At the special shows, the group will live score their classic soundtrack to Dario Argento's revered 1977 supernatural horror film Suspiria, during a full screening of the film. The highly anticipated experiential tour event will launch on October 28 in Baltimore, MD and hit 21 cities before wrapping on November 25 in Brookline, MA. Claudio Simonetti's Goblin — the keyboardist's new version of Goblin — will also perform additional time-honored Goblin material at the shows.
Described by Rolling Stone as both "iconic" and "horror canon", the soundtrack to Suspiriahas become the genre's standard bearer and the criterion by which all resulting horror film scores have come to be judged. Utilizing experimental instruments atypical of soundtracks at the time – tabla, bouzouki, and Moog synthesizer – Simonetti and Goblin created the movie's iconic, eerie music-box–like main theme, and additional tense exercises in rhythm, dissonance and bizarre funky prog that NPR has hailed as "chilling" and Entertainment Weekly called "hauntingly spooky". The main title theme was named as one of the best songs released between 1977–79 in the book The Pitchfork 500: Our Guide to the Greatest Songs from Punk to the Present, compiled by influential music website Pitchfork.
With filmmaker Luca Guadagnino set to unleash his much-talked-about film retelling of Suspiria this fall, including a score composed by Radiohead's Thom Yorke, there is no better time to revisit the terrifying original motion picture and its shocking soundtrack, performed by its original creators in an intensely intimate setting. The just-revealed tour itinerary is as follows:
Claudio Simonetti's Goblin Performs 'Suspiria' North American tour dates: Presented by Tone Deaf Touring and MetalSucks
October 28 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live (Days of Darkness Festival) / tickets + info. October 30 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre / tickets + info. October 31 Atlanta, GA The Earl / tickets + info. November 2 Austin, TX Come and Take It Live / tickets + info. November 3 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall / tickets + info. November 4 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey / tickets + info. November 6 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre / tickets + info. November 7 San Diego, CA The Irenic / tickets + info. November 8 Los Angeles, CA Union / tickets + info. November 9 Oakland, CA Oakland Metro Operahouse / tickets + info. November 11 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre / tickets + info. November 12 Seattle, WA El Corazon / tickets + info. November 14 Salt Lake City, UT Metro Music Hall / tickets + info. November 15 Denver, CO Gothic Theatre / tickets + info. November 18 Chicago, IL Reggies Rock Club / tickets + info. November 19 Grand Rapids, MI Wealthy Theatre / tickets + info. November 20 Toronto, ON The Opera House / tickets + info. November 21 Ottawa, ON Mavericks / tickets + info. November 22 Montreal, QC Théâtre Fairmount / tickets + info. November 24 Brooklyn, NY Murmrr Theatre / tickets + info. November 25 Brookline, MA Coolidge Corner Theatre / tickets + info.
About Claudio Simonetti:
Claudio Simonetti (born 19 February 1952, São Paulo) is a Brazilian-born Italian musician and film composer. The keyboardist of the progressive rock band Goblin, Simonetti has specialized in the scores for Italian and American horror films since the 1970s. A long-time collaborator of director Dario Argento, Simonetti has worked on several of the director/producer's films including Deep Red, Suspiria, Dawn of the Dead, Tenebrae, Phenomena, Demoni, and Opera. His work has long been an iconic staple of Italian genre cinema, collaborating with directors like Ruggero Deodato, Umberto Lenzi, Lucio Fulci, Enzo G. Castellari, Lamberto Bava, and Sergio Martino. Simonetti's highly experimental scores are known for their signature, electronic and progressive rock-influenced sound, and have been imitated countless times. He studied at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome.
Suspiria (pronounced [sʊsˈpɪ.ri.a], lit. Latin: "sighs") is a 1977 Italian supernatural horror film directed by Dario Argento, co-written by Argento and Daria Nicolodi, partially based on Thomas De Quincey's 1845 essay Suspiria de Profundis (Sighs from the Depths) and co-produced by Claudio and Salvatore Argento. The film stars Jessica Harper as an American ballet student who transfers to a prestigious dance academy in Germany but realizes, amidst a series of brutal murders, that the academy is a front for a supernatural conspiracy.
Claudio Simonetti's Goblin features Claudio Simonetti (keyboards), Bruno Previtali (guitars), Cecilia Nappo (bass) and Titta Tani (drums). Follow the group on Facebook.
"Instead of wallowing in shadows and dreary landscapes, “Suspiria” is bathed in colors that pop — blood red and sinister green. The movie is as suspenseful and creepy as its colors are bold, and both are enhanced by a trancelike, synth-heavy score from the prog rock band Goblin. “Suspiria” is one of the best known movies of the Italian horror genre" - THE NEW YORK TIMES