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Mad Max Live, by Morricone Youth set for 2018 Sydney Festival / Australian Stage Online

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Hailing from New York, Morricone Youth are a dynamic music group that creates new scores for the moving image, especially for silent or cult classic films, which they perform live in front of a large screen projecting the movie in question. Their robust retro-electronic rock sound has inflections of synth, as well as occasional passages reminiscent of their (presumable) namesake, legendary spaghetti-western film composer Ennio Morricone.

Creating a new score for a popular film is a bold endeavour, as it inevitably invites comparisons to the music originally presented. It is thus perhaps intentional that while the movies they choose are themselves sometimes much-beloved pieces of cinema, the original scores are not necessarily iconic in and of themselves. Certainly not in the same way that the major themes and leitmotifs of a film scored by John Williams, Danny Elfman or Ennio Morricone himself would be. A new score for Star Wars, Jaws, Batman or The Good The Bad and the Ugly would seem sacrilegious to some – much less so for Morricone Youth's previous projects such as Night of the Living Dead, Magnum Force or Foxy Brown, or older silent films by Murnau and Eisenstein.

Selecting the original Mad Max to play in Sydney on Australia Day is an inspired idea. The 2018 Sydney Festival performance is set for 26 January - Carriageworks Bay, Eveleigh.    

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