MORRICONE YOUTH was formed in NYC in 1999 with a mission statement to compose, re-interpret, perform and record “music written for the moving image.” The band has released eight LPs/EPs, toured the U.S. and had residencies at NY’s Knitting Factory, CBGB, Tonic and Nitehawk Cinema in addition to composing original re-scores to Hitchcock’s “The Lodger” performed on Halloween 2013 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and a multi-media piece for Philadelphia Museum of Art’s 2012 Marcel Duchamp exhibit involving chess masters, chance music, French soundtracks and live improvised video projections. MassMoCA invited the band to perform its score to Mad Max at their annual outdoor live score event in 2017. The Sydney Festival chose the band to headline two nights at Carriageworks live scoring “Night of the Living” and “Mad Max” (with 1979 cast members in attendance on Australia Day 2018). The band was supported Italian soundtrack/prog legends Goblin’s 2017 North American tour performing highlights from the ongoing live re-score vinyl series (distributed by Light in the Attic Records) of the anticipated 15 live re-scores performed in recent years. The first four (“NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD,” “THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED,” “MAD MAX” and Murnau’s “SUNRISE”) were released within the past two years with the fifth for “DANGER: DIABOLIK” due September 2018 and the sixth for “THE LODGER” in October 2018.
Founder Devon E. Levins also hosts weekly “film soundtrack” radio show MORRICONE ISLAND on WFMU 91.1 FM, started in 2007 at East Village Radio as MORRICONE YOUTH.