Mondo Morricone live performance of classic film scores
David Scott, Duglas T Stewart & friends pay homage to soundtrack hero
Ennio Morricone is an undisputed colossus of the movie soundtrack. For Mondo Morricone, David Scott and Duglas T Stewart, of Pearlfishers and BMX Bandits fame, have rounded up a crack team of Scottish pop and jazz players to pay homage to their hero.
‘I think we’ll be covering a whole lot of aspects of Morricone’s work,’ says Duglas, ‘from the well known Western scores, to groovy scores, to Italian thrillers and sex comedies, but also some of the less well known songs’.
David is particularly fond of those scores ‘where he combines unusual instruments with voices doing strange things, and always those beautiful melodies’.
Duglas owes his love of Morricone to an appearance by the actor Todd Carty (Grange Hill, Eastenders) on Noel Edmond’s Multi-Coloured Swap Shop. ‘Some kid phoned in and asked Carty what his favorite music was and he said Ennio Morricone. The kid was confused, Noel Edmonds was confused and I was intrigued. I went to Bellshill library and found a Morricone compilation. I’d never heard anything like it and it changed my life’.
A great soundtrack, they feel, doesn’t necessarily have to stand on its own. ‘It is a component part of a bigger thing,’ says Duglas. ‘Bernard Herrmann’s score for Psycho is one of the greatest movie scores ever but I don’t enjoy listening to it particularly as a separate listening experience. However, there are Morricone scores that I love from movies that I’ve never seen and brilliant scores for not very good movies.’
‘For me the big thing is melody,’ adds David, ‘the melody can act like another character.’
The Arches, Glasgow, Sat 26 Feb, part of Glasgow Music and Film Festival