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Famed Italian horror film music composer Fabio Frizzi is coming to the United States for the first time to help kick off MondoCon by  performing at Central Presbyterian Church October 2nd.  MondoCon takes place October 3rd and 4th at the Marchesa Hall & Theater and Holiday Inn Austin Midtown.

Highly influential to this day, Fabio Frizzi is one of the most celebrated Italian film composers, and respected in the same iconic pantheon as Ennio Morricone, Bruno Nicolai, Goblin and Gianni Ferrio. Frizzi’s influence has been cited by a vast range of contemporary artists ranging from Boards Of Canada to Wu Tang’s RZA, and he is heavily referenced by the rising stars of synth-horror including Umberto and Zombi. Frizzi’s work also resonates with cinephiles due in part to Quentin Tarantino’s use of the theme from SEVEN NOTES IN BLACK for his soundtrack to KILL BILL VOL 1.

Mo Shafeek, former General Manager of Mondo, who co-runs the music department with Spencer Hickman from Death Waltz Records, explains why this has never happened before, despite a huge fanbase.

“I think a lot of it is because now it’s current because of the fandom.  Horror fans and afficionados have been around forever, but the internet has certainly shown how abundent they are.  He added that “Most People  don’t realize that Italian Horror Film music composers are a thing that makes waves..  I compare it to the video game music industry, where a lot of people started out as work for hire, and now they have huge fanbases.  They can tour now, but back then they were just contract labor. Now they’re seen as icons and marvels.  But a lot of these Italian composers at that time were just workhorses, churning out these great things.  I’m sure that it’s rewarding for them to see the degree of fandom they’ve attained.”

Here’s Mo explaining the choice of a church as a venue for the Frizzi 2 Fulci live show featuring an 8-piece orchestra performing suites from classic Italian horror films ZombiThe BeyondCity of the Living Dead and more:

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MONDOCON is a celebration of movies, art, comics, musics, collectibles and food, will curate world-renowned artists and creators from around the world, presenting their original works of art and screen prints based on contemporary and classic film, comics and more.  Tickets and more information can be found at Mondo-Con.com.

  • A Pop Up Record shop will feature gorgeous vinyl albums from Mondo and several other soundtrack labels from across the globe. Mondo will offer brand new LPs for Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan andArmy of Darkness.
  • MondoCon will offer a wide variety of panels with artists and creators, like the legendary conceptual artist William Stout for a look into his incredible career, which includes design work on over 35 feature films – both Conan the Barbarian films, The HitcherFirst Blood and Return of the Living Dead.
  • Screenings of films Batman (1989), The Goonies and Halloween will be accompanied with brand new screen posters from some of Mondo’s most sought after artists.
  • Two can’t miss live score events will be the experience of a lifetime for horror fans:
    • Friday, October 2 at the Central Presbyterian Church Italian composer Fabio Frizzi will perform with his traveling Frizzi 2 Fulci live show featuring an 8-piece orchestra performing suites from classic Italian horror films ZombiThe BeyondCity of the Living Dead and more.
    • Sunday, October 4 at The Marchesa Hall & Theater, Matt Hill (Umberto) will perform his re-score to the 1982 splatterfest Pieces live during the screening of the film. Pieces is one of the most outrageous and legendary of all the low budget 80s splatter films, over the top in every department.

FROM THE PRESS RELEASE:

Austin, TX— Thursday, August 27, 2015— Mondo, Death Waltz Recording Co & Beyond Fest are pleased to announce they are presenting the first two US performances of Italian Composer Fabio Frizzi, and his traveling Frizzi 2 Fulci live show. Frizzi plays Austin on October 2nd, 2015 before heading to Hollywood to participate in leading genre film festival, Beyond Fest, on October 4th, where his performance will be followed by a screening of THE BEYOND from a rarely seen 35mm print.

“We are delighted to bring Fabio, one of the undisputed masters of Italian horror soundtracks, to North America,” said Mondo Music label head, Spencer Hickman. “We’ve been trying to bring him here for two years to perform on US soil for the first time with his live tribute show to Italian director Lucio Fulci, making it incredibly special for both Fabio and fans alike”.

Fabio will be joined on stage by his 8-piece Frizzi 2 Fulci Orchestra performing suites from classic Italian horror films ZOMBI 2 (AKA ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS), SEVEN NOTES IN BLACK, THE BEYOND, CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD, MANHATTAN BABY and more. Orchestral performances will also be accompanied by live visuals derived from Fulci’s iconic filmography.

“This is a great opportunity to tell my story in America, the story of an Italian composer and his journey through sound and cinema. I’m excited to share the sights and sounds of Lucio Fulci’s and to perform for US fans that have been supportive for the last 40 years of my career. It’s an emotion that is hard to explain,” said Frizzi of the upcoming shows.

Highly influential to this day, Fabio Frizzi is one of the most celebrated Italian film composers, and respected in the same iconic pantheon as Ennio Morricone, Bruno Nicolai, Goblin and Gianni Ferrio. Frizzi’s influence has been cited by a vast range of contemporary artists ranging from Boards Of Canada to Wu Tang’s RZA, and he is heavily referenced by the rising stars of synth-horror including Umberto and Zombi. Frizzi’s work also resonates with cinephiles due in part to Quentin Tarantino’s use of the theme from SEVEN NOTES IN BLACK for his soundtrack to KILL BILL VOL 1.

To celebrate these momentous events Death Waltz Recording Company will be releasing two new Fabio Frizzi releases on ltd edition vinyl, both of which will be available to purchase at both the Austin and LA shows. The remainder will then be available through Mondo at a later date.

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