Simonetti and Goblin create a captivating experience
By Dutch Pearce
Pittsburgh Current Contributing Writer
Tonight at Mr. Small’s, as part of an extensive North American tour, renowned horror film soundtrack composer Claudio Simonetti and his legendary band Goblin will perform their score for Suspiria live alongside a full screening of the 1977 cult supernatural horror film.
CLAUDIO SIMONETTI’S GOBLIN. 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30. Mr. Smalls Theatre, 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $30. opusoneproductions.com.
The Brazilian-born Italian composer Simonetti began writing music for Italian and American horror films in the 1970s and has worked with numerous directors throughout his prolific and distinguished career. Undoubtedly his most famous works are his collaborations with director Dario Argent, and Goblin’s original soundtrack for Suspiria remains one of the most influential horror film scores of all time. By combining those funky elements of progressive rock that set the heart to racing with haunting atmospherics via various electronic instruments, and by using a variety of atypical instruments — such as Moog synthesizers, tablas and bouzoukis — Simonetti and Goblin create a captivating experience.
Besides performing the original Suspiria soundtrack in its entirety, Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin will also play other classic Goblin songs. Given the setting of Mr. Smalls Theatre, a former church still in possession of its arched altar (which is now a stage) and its vaulting ceiling, tonight’s performance should prove to be an unforgettable and intimate encounter with a truly singular composer.
*A portion of proceeds for all Opus One concerts between now and Jan. 1 will benefit the Tree of Life Synagogue and will be split equally among their congregations (Dor Hadash, Tree of Life and New Light).