Maurizio Guarini (of Goblin fame) receives standing ovation following sold-out Montreal screening at Fantasia Festival to launch Dante’s Inferno Live cine-concert tour; first 4 concert dates just announced.
Montreal QC- Audiences at the Fantasia Film Festival were treated to a special performance by musician/composer and member of the legendary band Goblin, Maurizio Guarini, who performed a special cine-concert event alongside the legendary 1911 silent film, Dante’s Inferno (L’Inferno).
The iconic musician performed a wholly original score alongside a digitally restored version of the film from Cineteca De Bologna in Italy.
The performance kicked off the announce of 2018 concert tour kicking off September 21st, with the first 4 cities announced as:
Friday, September 21, 2018
320 20th St W
Friday, October 12, 2018
Cinematheque at The Cleveland Institute of art
11610 Euclid Ave
Saturday, October 20, 2018
The Lyric Cinema
1209 N. College Ave.
Fort Collins, CO
Saturday, November 3, 2018
AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
American Film Institute
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring MD
DANTE’S INFERNO (1911) was the first-ever feature-length film produced in Italy. A surreal and still-shocking adaptation of the most infamous section of Dante’s The Divine Comedy, the film follows Virgil leading Dante through the nine circles of Hell as a framing device for a series of spectacular scenes, striking and unusual visual effects, astounding sets, and a huge cast of extras (often naked or barely clothed). The imagery is suitably Bosch-like in its grotesquerie. Fans of HAXAN: WITCHCRAFT THROUGH THE AGES (1922) will find lots to appreciate. DANTE’S INFERNO makes it clear that Italy was leading the cinematic world in bizarre and horrific imagery long before the days of the giallo.
Keyboardist Maurizio Gaurini joined Goblin in 1975 and has been in various line-ups of the band ever since, contributing to numerous classic soundtracks including SUSPIRIA, BUIO OMEGA, and CONTAMINATION. Maurizio was vital to the rebirth of Goblin in the 2000s, including non-soundtrack Goblin releases such as 2006’s Back To The Goblin and 2015’s excellent Four of a Kind. He has performed with an extensive list of musicians and contributed to many other soundtrack recordings, including Fabio Frizzi’s scores for ZOMBIE and THE BEYOND. Maurizio released his first solo album Creatures From A Drawer in 2013 and his score to Anthony D. P. Mann’s THE YELLOW SIGN was recently released on Cadabra Records. When not on tour with Goblin, he performs with his live project the Maurizio Guarini Circle. His solo score to DANTE’S INFERNO was first performed in the framework of the 2nd ISCAD at the University of Toronto in April 2016.