Claudio Simonetti's GOBLIN to perform Profondo Rosso in LONDON live at the Barbican Hall Saturday 21st Feb - UPCOMING GIG

Posted by Craig Grobler on Google+ On Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Claudio Simonetti's GOBLIN 21st Feb 2015 Barbican London G oblin's upcoming gig has me very excited indeed! In fact I have only been this excited about this particular kind of gig three times previously; once a couple of years ago when Fabio Frizzi was going to play at the Union Chapel on Halloween, on HALLOWEEN! Once when Jim Jarmusch's & his band SQÜRL (& others) performed music from Only Lovers Left Alive earlier this year and a couple of months ago when a special music and video event A Trip To The Otherworld was held to launch Richard Stanley's The Otherworld scored by Simon Boswell.

But it looks like the mother ship is landing in London this February when to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the release of Dario Argento's hugely influential Giallo classic Profondo Rosso (aka Deep Red) Composer Claudio Simonetti and his band GOBLIN playing their original score live to a screening of Profondo Rosso for the first time in the UK.

Dario Argento needs no introduction, his psychic psycho films are pretty much a genre all of their own and vastly influential. Just last year watching Arrow Video's flawless re-release of Tenebrae I was struck by the very clear similarities between Dario Argento's Tenebrae and Michael Mann's brilliant Manhunter, one of my favourite films of all time.

The incredible existential atmospheric experience of Dario Argento's films comes from the merging of gorgeously composed visuals with a heightened soul tingling auditory experience.

Goblin's Profondo Rosso theme cheekily hints at Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells used in William Friedkin's The Exorcist before letting you know it is very much its own unique music for the film that spawned a lengthy collaboration with Dario Argento.

This is a rare opportunity to experience Goblin's Profondo Rosso live at the acoustically renowned Barbican Hall, the home of the London Symphony Orchestra and is going to be an memorable event for any +18 film lover.

Claudio Simonetti GOBLIN 21st Feb 2015 Barbican London
Claudio Simonetti's GOBLIN 21st Feb 2015 Barbican London

Originally inspired by bands like King Crimson and prog-era Genesis, Goblin’s unique sound is instantly recognisable and has earned them a cult status all of their own. Legend has it that having been dissatisfied with the original Deep Red soundtrack Dario Argento called local progressive rock band Cherry Five in at short notice. They renamed themselves Goblin wrote the new soundtrack in one night. Thus was born Claudio Simonetti's Goblin.

Profondo rosso (Deep Red)

A musician witnesses the murder of a famous psychic, and then teams up with a fiesty reporter to find the killer while evading attempts on their lives by the unseen killer bent on keeping a dark secret buried.

Dario Argento


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Old Empire proudly presents Claudio Simonetti's Goblin performing the soundtrack to Dario Argento's Profondo Rosso (aka Deep Red) at Barbican Hall on Saturday 21st February 2015.

Coinciding with Profondo Rosso’s 40th anniversary, Goblin will be playing their original score live to a screening of the film for the first time in the UK.

Goblin’s scores, once heard are never quite forgotten. Profondo Rosso is no exception, characterised by its synth heavy sound and chilling central theme. Along with Suspiria, Profondo Rosso is perhaps Argento’s most celebrated film and a total classic of the giallo horror subgenre and in its own right.

"The bloody kills and red herrings come thick and fast as Dario Argento weaves a twisted web of sadistic intrigue in this classic Giallo from the genres golden era.

A black gloved killer hacks a psychic to death but there was a witness…

Marcus Daly, an English pianist, rushes to the scene but he’s too late to save her. He sets out to solve the murder but at every turn the mysterious slayer strikes, cutting off each line of enquiry with acts of grisly violence, each more shocking than the last!

Video: Deep Red Trailer 1975                                                                                                                                

A surreal masterpiece from Dario Argento with a pounding score from cult prog rockers Goblin, Deep Red will leave you battered and breathless!

Gorgeously shot with an incredible soundtrack merging to create different ambient tones that juxtapose against each other adding unique personality to the characters, places and times they live in. I'm not going to bang on about the performances but it was a real joy to see." - From Arrow Films

Claudio Simonetti's GOBLIN 21st Feb 2015 Barbican London

Claudio Simonetti's Goblin performing Profondo Rosso 18+

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50 VIP package tickets are available, priced at £105 each including:
A meet-and-greet with the band (pre-concert)
A limited edition screen-printed poster

7pm, event begins 7.30pm, Saturday 21 February 2015


Barbican Hall, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

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