The Spaghetti Western Orchestra

The Spaghetti Western Orchestra
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The Spaghetti Western Orchestra rides into town with a wagon train of instruments to perform classic Ennio Morricone compositions including The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Once Upon A Time In The West and For A Few Dollars More.

With a fistful of humour and a bucket-load of fun, the orchestra underscores these brilliant musical adventures. All the sound effects of the iconic spaghetti western films - every punch up, gunshot, and jangling spur - is recreated using coat hangers, cornflakes, nail clippers and other ingenious ‘instruments' pulled from their saddlebag of tricks.

The Spaghetti Western Orchestra is a bonanza of a tribute to the maestro Morricone, performed by a posse of classically trained Australian musicians.

FIVE musicians might seem small for an orchestra, but this deranged Australian quintet - formerly the Ennio Morricone Experience - make up for it with some very big instruments. A full set of timpani and a six-foot glockenspiel occupy centre stage, flanked by a double bass and a mountainous percussion kit. Multi-tasking is one of the Spaghetti Western Orchestra's many talents, and additional instrumentation includes keyboards, trumpet, bassoon, mandolin, ocarina, melodica and water-filled bottles.

The group's basic schtick is performing excerpts of movie scores from the good, the bad and the ugly of the spaghetti western genre. Sources range from the likes of Sergio Leone's 1967 classic to such lesser-known gems as Guns Don't Argue (1957). Stirring music expertly played, with a frosting of quirky humour would be enough to satisfy most Fringe companies, but there's much more to this show than that.

All five members share a diverse multi-arts background, taking in theatre, dance, film and opera as well as comedy and most fields of music. The resulting range of performance skills, and their deadpan, precisely-drilled execution, imbue the hour-long production with a compelling theatricality and kaleidoscopic range of moods, from slapstick hilarity to authentically creepy menace. The musical items are interspersed with dialogue extracts from the films (or mocked-up versions thereof), usually representing moments of stand-off, sometimes surreally edited together, always delivered with utter conviction and consummate dramatic timing. Trumpeter Patrick Cronin doubles as MC, supplying the titles and credits for each number with all the reverential gravitas of a BBC Third Programme announcer.

Besides a thoroughgoing exploitation of spaghetti westerns' potential for kitsch and irony, also at work in the mix is an affectionate homage to the form, which lends it much of its focus while helping fuel its darker, David Lynch-like aspects. There's also a generous dollop of gleeful silliness, as with a superbly manic send-up of avant-garde contemporary music - just one of umpteen cherishable moments in an inspired show.

 

"an hour of pure performance - music, drama and comedy ... musicianship and arrangements of the highest order."
The List, Edinburgh

"...that the musicians perform...with the enormous gravity of a Mozart symphony only serves to make this extraordinary act all the funnier."
The Guardian, London

"...about as much entertainment as can be squeezed into an hour...immaculate timing, deadpan expressions and a glut of musical invention."

"a genuine affection for what are undeniably timeless and lovingly crafted pieces of music."
The Fest, Edinburgh

"...thus packing a full arsenal of visual gags, and with tongue firmly in cheek, the clown-like performers bring these vintage scores to life, while you marvel at their ingenuity."
Metro, Edinburgh

2006 REVIEWS

'Besides a thoroughgoing exploitation of spaghetti westerns' potential for kitsch and irony, also at work in the mix is an affectionate homage to the form, which lends it much of its focus while helping fuel its darker, David Lynch-like aspects. There's also a generous dollop of gleeful silliness, as with a superbly manic send-up of avant-garde contemporary music - just one of umpteen cherishable highlights in an inspired show.'
***** The Scotsman, 22nd August 2006

'While the onus is on laughs as each wrangles with his arsenal of instruments and props, the musical accomplishment and sheer power of performance should not be underplayed - their rousing retelling of cinema's first true, gritty aural landscape would be show enough for your money, that you are gifted daft hilarity into the bargain makes this another winning adventure to saddle up for.'
**** The List, 24th August 2006

'Snapping spaghetti heard through reverb becomes a gun being cocked. Bags are rustled, guitar pick-ups are placed in what is possibly called a string-bow (a skiffle instrument featuring a piece of string strung under a biscuit tin). It is wildy evocative, helped by snatches of dialogue spoken in Clint Eastwood husky drawl. The highlight has to be a wonderful jazz version of Chi Mai, the theme to the Life and Times of David Lloyd George. Brilliant.'
The Stage - Must See, 17th August 2006

'The performance also incorporates a plethora of wacky improvised instruments which is what makes this most entertaining and this merging of mad instrumentation and refined orchestral arrangements is quite impressive. From playing the musical saw, implementing a beer bottle blowing band and introducing the crowd to the homemade instrument know as the tin-string, these Aussie performers present a tight show coupled with comic theatre and the ability to lave the audience in fits.'
*** SkinnyFest, 24th August 2006

"Brilliant musical arrangements ... top act with musical standards of the highest order. This is a must-see show".
The Age, Melbourne

"So many onion-like layers of humour it could almost make you cry."
Sydney Morning Herald

"A fistful of moody and magnificent interpretations."
Sydney Morning Herald

"Epic ... delivered with mucho gusto".
Inpress, Melbourne

"The Good, the Bad and the Seriously Talented."
Rhythms Magazine

 

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