How's this for some fantastic news! Fabio Frizzi is returning to North America to perform the legendary score for The Beyond, the timeless psychedelic, supernatural nightmare directed by the granddaddy of Italian splatter, Lucio Fulci.
Additionally, a composer’s cut of the score is being re-released in conjunction with the tour via Cadabra Records. Learn all about the score here.
Even better, Frizzi will play a second set entitled "Frizzi 2 Fulci," a breathtakingly amazing experience that sees famous scenes from Fulci’s film alongside Fabio’s scores. If you see a single live performance this year, make it this one!
The tour stars November 15th in Memphis, TN, and will conclude on December 20th in Atlanta, GA. You can check out the full list of dates below.
"Come see me on my North American tour! It's time for a crazy adventure all together into The Beyond," says Frizzi.
"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," Frizzi added. "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."
Fabio Frizzi Beyond Composers Cut Tour Dates:
11/15: Memphis, TN @ Black Lodge 11/16: Kansas City, MO @ Armour Theatre 11/18: Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall 11/21: Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre 11/22: IMAX Omnitheater @ THE MOST 11/24: Boston, MA @ Coolidge Corner Theatre 11/25: Brooklyn, NY @ Mmurr Theatre 11/26: Philadelphia, PA @ World Café 12/2: New Orleans, LA @ The Church @ Hotel Peter and Paul 12/4: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey
12/11: Portland, OR @ Hollywood Theatre 12/12: Seattle, WA @ Freetown Abbey 12/15: Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre 12/17: Little Rock, AR @ Vinos 12/18: Jacksonville, FL @ Sunray Cinema 12/19: Lake Park, FL @ Kelsey Theatre 12/20: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Via the official press release:
The second film in Fulci’s "Gates of Hell" trilogy sandwiched between City of the Living Dead (1980) and The House by the Cemetery (1981), "The Beyond’s loose narrative revolves around a Louisiana hotel which may in fact be one of the seven gates to hell. The movie is beloved by horror fans for its surrealistic imagery and gore-tastic set pieces, including gouged out eyes, face-eating spiders, reanimated corpses, and a bloodthirsty dog.
It’s impossible to think of Fulci’s unique films without mentioning Frizzi’s music. The two names are synonymous with one another. Collaborating first on 1975’s The Four of the Apocalypse, Frizzi would go on to score numerous Fulci classics including Zombi 2 (1979), City of the Living Dead, and Manhattan Baby (1982). “The Beyond” however may just be the duo’s crowning achievement. From the beginning Frizzi set out to achieve a long standing goal: to craft a horror score that would combine both rock music with orchestral elements. Instead of relying on synthesizers as he had done in the past, Frizzi used real instruments including mellotron, bass, strings, wind instruments, and even choral elements. The result is a grim and heavy mix of prog rock and orchestra, enveloped by an omnipresent atmosphere of bleakness and impending doom, yet touched with color and beauty that has yet to be matched in any Italian horror film.
The Beyond has consistently been ranked as one of the greatest horror scores of all time, including by Rolling Stone in 2016. That same year, for the film’s 35th anniversary, Frizzi unearthed 52 unused pieces of music originally composed for the film in order to construct the Composer’s Cut and take it on the road to play it live-to-film in a series of screenings.