Saturday, 9 March 2013

Picking Yer' Brain #1: Fabio Frizzi

Hello and welcome to the first installment of Picking Yer' Brain!

If you are a fan of the Facebook group you may already know what this blog exclusive series is all about. If not, basically this is where I ask 5 questions to various people within the world of cult cinema. Hopefully this will be the start of an interesting series and will consist of actors, writers, directors and just like today, composers. Our first guest is a man who needs no introduction but because I'm nice and honoured to have him here, I will! You will know him from his various collaborations with your favourite gore maestro, Lucio Fulci. A composer who took Fulci's films to a completely other level with his scoring. Today, I would like to welcome the one and only Fabio Frizzi!


First of all I would like to thank for taking the time to do this. Most fans of Euro horror and cult will know your work, especially Zombie Flesh Eaters. You worked a lot with Fulci. What are your fondest memories of him?

The memory of a great professional, an eclectic complex man, a person who loved cinema and knew it very well. Lucio was definitely one of the directors from whom I learned a lot, the role that music plays in film making, the charm and complexity of my profession. Finally, and very importantly, the relationship of friendship and mutual esteem.

You have scored and been involved in over 70 movies. Are there any personal favourites of yours?

Each soundtrack that I created is something important and beautiful for me. Every time I go into a project, there is a new story to tell, a group of people to work with, new ideas to build, perhaps to look for new musicians. Hopes, stress and satisfaction are mixed together every time, in percentages always different. It's like talking about their children, there is not one better than the other. Of course, the big production linked to the films of Lucio Fulci is one of the most interesting seasons of my life's work. Manhattan Baby, for example, is a film that is not as beloved as Zombi 2 or The Beyond. But these days I'm working on a re-orchestration of his themes for the concerts "Frizzi 2 Fulci" that there will be in the coming months. And I assure you that the soundtrack of Manhattan Baby surprised and impassioned me so much.

Are there any modern film composers working today that you really like?

The work of the soundtrack has changed a lot over the past 20 years, as for all the arts there is an increasing use of the technology, which sometimes crushes the creative element. I think the magic of Nino Rota atmospheres or the natural power of Bernard Herrmann's orchestrations are wonders unrepeatable. But surely even today there are composers of great quality that I admire and appreciate. Three names among all James Newton Howard, Denny Elfman and John Williams, just to name a few.

What is the creative process when it comes to scoring a film?

The creative process depends on many things. But to enclose in a single concept, let's say that you have to get into the film, as a part of it, must live from within the project, get in the shoes of the individual characters, experience the feelings you can breathe on set, the harmonies and the injustices that story contains. The fun and bitterness, love and hate. Then, when you're full of it as after a wedding lunch, you go to the piano and the ideas come out, naturally.

Are there any current projects or projects of yours in the near future that you would like to tell the readers about?

There are many projects that are born or to be born. First of all, thanks to the web, opportunities and meetings can take place anywhere. There are at this time, as well as two Italian films, other collaborations with northern Europe and the United States. A new project, which is very important to me that I mentioned earlier, a show-tribute to my friend, the great Lucio Fulci. "Frizzi 2 Fulci " will be a marathon through the music written for his films. Not only that, it will be a way to tell the man, the friend, the artist. Maybe during the life he deserved more. He is having today, thanks to millions of fans around the world, the right recognition.


Once again, a massive thank you to Fabio Frizzi for his time, it has been an honour.

If you want to know more information on upcoming projects, especially "Frizzi 2 Fulci" please click on those links down below!

Fabio Frizzi Logbook Facebook
Frizzi 2 Fulci Facebook


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