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UKtop40charts.com / WeirdMusic.net EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW - Lalo Schifrin , Grammy/Oscar Award winning composer :

 

Lalo Schifrin (photo by Joel Lipton)

 

Lalo Schifrin is a man of many talents; classically trained in his native Argentina and in Paris, he played jazz with the greats in 1950’s Paris, was invited to become pianist and arranger for Dizzy Gillespie and went on to write major film scores (‘Mission Impossible, ‘Cool Hand Luke’, ‘Bullitt’, ‘Dirty Harry’, ‘The Cincinnati Kid’ and ‘Amityville Horror’). He has produced an innovative series of discs, ‘Jazz meets the Symphony’ where he mixes jazz with a symphony orchestra. His most recent disc in this series was issued last year and combines the Czech National Symphony Orchestra with major jazz musicians. I was lucky enough to be able to interview on the phone from Los Angeles.


Schifrin grew up in an environment surrounded by classical music; his father, Luis Schifrin, was the concert master of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Buenos Aires at the Teatro Colon. But as a teenager, Schifrin embraced American jazz; though he could not understand why people treated jazz differently and put music into different compartments. For Schifrin music has an energy which goes above and beyond compartments; all music is vibrant and he loves combining the classical symphonic and jazz

He is pleased with the fact that he has been part of two worlds, able to function as the conductor of a classical symphony orchestra and play jazz with great jazz musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie. He has tried to put the two of them together and his success in doing this is one of his achievements.
When young he went to the movies and learned a lot from the back ground music, and absorbed this into his vocabulary so that he has written classical, jazz and film music. And he loves the different genres and styles equally. Surprisingly for such a versatile artist, when asked whether he found switching genres easy his response was no. He feels you have to adapt your style to the language of the vehicle so that film music is one thing, jazz another and symphonic music another.

I was curious as to whether when combining jazz and symphonic music he felt there was a pull between them especially as jazz is improvisatory. His response was that nothing is easy, but all his music is a natural expression of his ideas and thoughts.
Of the composers he admires, he listed Igor Stravinsky, Bela Bartok and Alban Berg amongst the major classical names. He admired all the jazz greats but mentioned Gil Evans by name. One interesting name to crop up was Sir William Walton, whose symphonies Schifrin finds amazing. When asked what he thought of as weird music, he said that as long as music is honest it isn’t weird.
In Paris in the 1950’s he studied at the Paris Conservatoire and at the same time he was able to play with the best jazz musicians; invited to London, he played with Tubby Hayes and some of the greatest British Jazz musicians. As a young Argentinian he felt that he was conquering or learning a new language. But it was a great experience; he said of this time that when you are in the moment you don’t care about nationality, you are playing an international language. The universality of jazz is something that Schifrin feels strongly about, one of his discs was entitled ‘Esperanto’ in reference to the attempt to create a universal spoken language.
Regarding his future plans, Schifrin said that he was always planning more work, but that he was currently taking a break. His trumpet concerto has just been premiered in Prague by Jan Hasenöhrl with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and Schifrin is looking forward to being able to hear the recording of the performance.
He lives in Los Angeles and regards himself as a musician of the world, but one Argentinian artist did crop up in our conversations, Sergio Puccini. Puccini has played some of Schifrin’s music; he is a guitarist whom Schifrin admires, a universal artist.

Stimulated by their environment, Schifrin’s children have all become involved in the film and TV business. His son Ryan is a director and Schifrin wrote the music for his film ‘Abominable’, a film which Schifrin describes as fantastic, ingenious and well put together.

Finally I asked if he had any advice for a young composer. His response was ‘Study, study, study. Practice, practice, practice’.

[ Uktop40charts.com' special thanks to Robert Hugill ]

 

[ U2 bandmates Larry Mullen Jr. and Adam Clayton were fans of the TV show and knew the original theme song well, but were nervous about remaking Lalo Schifrin's legendary theme song.Clayton put together his own version in New York City and Mullen did his in Dublin on weekends between U2 recording sessions. The two musicians were influenced by Brian Eno and the European dance club scene sound of the recently finished album Passengers. They allowed Polygram to pick its favorite and they wanted both. In a month, they had two versions of the song and five remixed by DJs. All seven tracks appeared on a limited edition vinyl release.The song went to the top 10 on charts around the world, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance in 1997, and was a definite critical and commercial success.]

 

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Lalo Schifrin:
Discography and Filmography

Compiled by Douglas Payne,
from The Essential Lalo Schifrin Discography

SKY RIDERS ALEPH RECORDS/2009 (July)
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

THE DEAD POOL ALEPH RECORDS/2009 (Jan.)
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

SPOOKS ALEPH RECORDS/2008 (Sept.)
Lalo Schifrin & Andy Garfield
Composer/Conductor

SUDDEN IMPACT ALEPH RECORDS/2008 (May)
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

LALO SCHIFRIN & FRIENDS ALEPH RECORDS/2007 (Sept.)
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

SHIFRIN PLAYS SCHIFRIN ALEPH RECORDS/2006 (Sept.)
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

ABOMINABLE ALEPH RECORDS/2006 (June)
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

LETTERS FROM ARGENTINA ALEPH RECORDS/2006 (May)
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

KALEIDOSCOPE, “Jazz Meets the Symphony #6” ALEPH RECORDS/2005 (Aug.)
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

MAGNUM FORCE ALEPH RECORDS/2005 (July)
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

CAVEMAN ALEPH RECORDS/2005 (June)
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor
LES FELINS - ALEPH RECORDS/2005(February)
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

DIRTY HARRY - ALEPH RECORDS/2004 (June)
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

THE HELLSTROM CHRONICLE - ALEPH RECORDS/2004 (Oct)
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

SYMPHONIC IMPRESSIONS OF OMAN - SCHERZO MUSIC/2003 (July)
Lalo Schifrin Conducts The London Symphony Orchestra
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

INS AND OUTS AND LALO LIVE - ALEPH RECORDS/2003 (April)
AT THE BLUE NOTE
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

THE AMITYVILLE HORROR - ALEPH RECORDS/2002 (Oct)
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

THE CINCINNATI KID - ALEPH RECORDS/2002 (July)
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

RETURN OF THE MARQUIS DE SADE - ALEPH RECORDS/2002 (April)
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

INTERSECTIONS, “Jazz meets the Symphony No 5” - ALEPH RECORDS/2001 (Aug)
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

COOL HAND LUKE - ALEPH RECORDS/2001 (April)
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

ROLLERCOASTER - ALEPH RECORDS/2001 (Feb)
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

BRAZILIAN JAZZ - ALEPH RECORDS/2000 (Nov)
Lalo Schifrin
Performer

ESPERANTO - ALEPH RECORDS/2000 (Sept)
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

THE FOX - ALEPH RECORDS/2000 (May)
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

JAZZ GOES TO HOLLYWOOD - ALEPH RECORDS/2000 (April)
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

SCHIFRIN CONDUCTS STRAVINSKY, SCHIFRIN & RAVEL - ALEPH RECORDS/
Lalo Schifrin 2001 (Aug)
Composer/Conductor

MANNIX - ALEPH RECORDS/1999 (Oct)
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

LATIN JAZZ SUITE - ALEPH RECORDS/1999 (Sept)
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

JAZZ MEETS THE SYMPHONY #5 (boxed set) - ALEPH RECORDS/1999 (Aug)
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

CANTOS AZTECAS - ALEPH RECORDS/1999 (July)
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

THE OSTERMAN WEEKEND - ALEPH RECORDS/1999 (May)
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

THE EAGLE HAS LANDED - ALEPH RECORDS/1999 (March)
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

SOMETHING TO BELIEVE IN (soundtrack) - ALEPH RECORDS/1999 (Jan)
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

JAZZ SUITE ON THE MASS TEXTS - ALEPH RECORDS/1998 (Sept)
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

RUSH HOUR film score - ALEPH RECORDS/1998 (Sept)
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

CHE! - ALEPH RECORDS/1998 (Aug)
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Arranger/Conductor/Piano/Producer

METAMORPHOSIS (Jazz Meets the Symphony #4) - ALEPH RECORDS/1998 (July)
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Arranger/Conductor/Producer

DIRTY HARRY ANTHOLOGY - ALEPH RECORDS/1998 (June)
Lalo Schifrin
Composer

GILLESPIANA - ALEPH RECORDS/1998 (May)
New recording of the classic with the WDR Big Band in Cologne, Germany
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Arranger/Conductor/Piano/Producer

FILM CLASSICS - ALEPH RECORDS/1998
Lalo Schifrin presents 100 years of Cinema with Julia Migenes and Dee Dee Bridgewater
Arranger/Conductor/Piano/Producer

Lalo Schifrin/Marisa Canales/Juan Carlos Laguna - AUVIDIS TRAVELLING
CONCERTO CARIBENO for flute and orchestra - K 1003/1997
Tropicos
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

LILI’UOKALANI SYMPHONY - URTEXT DIGITAL CLASSICS
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

ARIAS…CESAR HERNANDEZ - ALEPH RECORDS/1998
Cesar Hernandez Also available on:
Lalo Schifrin URTEXT DIGITAL CLASSICS
Arranger/Conductor

A CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS
Carreras, Cole, Domingo
Lalo Schifrin
Arranger

FIREBIRD: JAZZ MEETS THE SYMPHONY #3 - EAST WEST FOUR WINDS
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Arranger/Piano/Conductor/Producer

DON QUIXOTE - PROMETHEUS
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

THE THREE TENORS IN CONCERT 1994 - ATLANTIC
Domingo, Pavarotti, Carreras, Mehta
Lalo Schifrin
Arranger

MORE JAZZ MEETS THE SYMPHONY - ATLANTIC
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Arranger/Piano/Conductor/Producer

JULIA MIGENES IN VIENNA - ERATO
Julia Migenes
Lalo Schifrin
Conductor

SWINGING BAROQUE TE DEUM - ERATO
Maurice Andre
Lalo Schifrin
Arranger/Conductor

CHRISTMAS IN VIENNA - SONY
Carreras, Domingo, Ross
Lalo Schifrin
Arranger

JAZZ MEETS THE SYMPHONY - ATLANTIC
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Arranger/Producer

AMIGO PARA SIEMPRE - WARNERS
Jose Carreras
Lalo Schifrin
Arranger/Conductor/Producer

CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS - DOVE AUDIO
Various
Lalo Schifrin
Conductor

ANNO DOMINI - PROMETHEUS
Lalo Schifrin
Conductor

ROMANCING THE FILM - PRO-ARTE
Lalo Schifrin
Conductor

CARRERAS, DOMINGO & PAVAROTTI IN CONCERT - LONDON
Carreras, Domingo, Pavarotti
Lalo Schifrin
Arranger

BERLIN BLUES - MILAN
Julia Migenes
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Arranger

DIZZY GILLESPIE & THE BAND - TRIP RECORDS
Dizzy Gillespie
Lalo Schifrin
Arranger/Piano Solo

CANTOS AZTECAS - PRO-ARTE
Placido Domingo
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

JAZZ AT THE PHILHARMONIC - VERVE
Lalo Schifrin
Piano Solo

WET - CBS
Barbara Streisand
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Arranger/Conductor

ORCHESTRE - CYBELIA
Petroushka
Lalo Schifrin
Conductor

PHILHARMONIC DE PARIS
Lalo Schifrin
Double Bass Concerto

COOL HAND LUKE - DOT
Lalo Schifrin
Soundtrack

WEEKEND IN L.A. - WARNER BROS
George Benson
Composer

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - MCA
Lalo Schifrin
Soundtrack

HOLLYWOOD MARCHES - PRO-ARTE
San Diego Symphony
Lalo Schifrin
Conductor

DIZZY GILLESPIE AT CARNEGIE HALL - VERVE
Dizzy Gillespie (Composer)
Lalo Schifrin
Arranger/Piano Solo

HITCHCOCK: MASTER OF MAYHEM - PRO-ARTE
San Diego Symphony
Lalo Schifrin
Conductor

MANNIX - PARAMOUNT
Lalo Schifrin
Soundtrack

MARQUIS DE SADE - VERVE
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Arranger/Key Boards/Conductor

SWEET ‘N SASSY - SOULETTE
Sarah Vaughn
Lalo Schifrin
Conductor/Arranger

CHILDREN OF THE WORLD - COLUMBIA
Stan Getz
Lalo Schifrin
Producer/Composer/Conductor

THE COMPETITION - MCA
Lalo Schifrin
Soundtrack/Conductor/Composer

DIZZY ON THE FRENCH RIVIERA - PHILIPS
Dizzy Gillespie (Composer)
Lalo Schifrin
Arranger/Piano Solo

DORIAN WIND QUINTET - SUMMIT
Dorian Wind Quintet
Lalo Schifrin
Composer

GILLESPIANA - VERVE
Dizzy Gillespie
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

MEDICAL CENTER - MGM
Lalo Schifrin
Soundtrack

GUITAR CONCERTO - EMI
Angel Romero
London Philharmonic
Lalo Schifrin
Composer

TRES TANGOS - ELEKTRA
Astor Piazzolla
Lalo Schifrin
Conductor

VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED - ENTRACTE
Lalo Schifrin
Soundtrack

ROCK REQUIEM - VERVE
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor/Producer

PIANO, STRINGS & BOSSA NOVA - MGM
Lalo Schifrin
Piano Solo/Conductor/Arranger

MORE MISSION IMPOSSIBLE - PARAMOUNT
Lalo Schifrin
Soundtrack

NEW FANTASY - VERVE
Dizzy Gillespie
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Piano Solo

ENTER THE DRAGON - WARNER BROS
Lalo Schifrin
Soundtrack

THE AMITYVILLE HORROR - CASABLANCA
Lalo Schifrin
Soundtrack

JAZZ SUITE ON THE MASS TEXTS - RCA
Paul Horn
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

THE FOX - WARNER BROS
Lalo Schifrin
Soundtrack

FREE RIDE - PABLO
Dizzy Gillespie/Producer
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Arranger

GREAT ADVENTURE FILM SCORES - ENTRACTE
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

IN THE NAME OF LOVE - CAPITOL
Peggy Lee
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Arranger

INSENSATEZ - VERVE
Lalo Schifrin with Strings
Piano Solo/Conductor

JAWS - CTI
Lalo Schifrin
Arranger/Conductor/Keyboards

KELLY’S HEROES - MGM
Lalo Schifrin
Soundtrack

BULLITT - WORLD PACIFIC JAZZ
Wilton Felder
Lalo Schifrin
Composer

BULLIT - WARNER BROS
Lalo Schifrin
Soundtrack

CANNONBALL ADDERLEY - CAPITOL
Cannonball Adderley Quintet & Orchestra
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

AN ELECTRIFYING EVENING - VERVE
Dizzy Gillespie
Lalo Schifrin
Solo Piano

ROLLERCOASTER - MCA
Lalo Schifrin
Soundtrack

SEVERAL SHADES OF JADE - VERVE
Cal Tjader
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Arranger/Conductor

SUDDEN IMPACT - VIVA
Lalo Schifrin
Soundtrack

THE STING II - MCA
Lalo Schifrin
Soundtrack

THERE’S A WHOLE LALO SCHIFRIN GOING ON - DOT
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

TELLY HITS 2 - BBC STYLUS
Lalo Schifrin
Composer

THE OTHER SIDE OF LALO SCHIFRIN - AUDIO FIDELITY REC
Lalo Schifrin
Piano Solo

THE OSTERMAN WEEKEND - VARESE SARABANDE
Lalo Schifrin
Soundtrack

LET IT LIVE - RIVE RECORDS
Sarah Vaughn
Lalo Schifrin
Soundtrack

THE LIQUIDATOR - MGM
Lalo Schifrin
Soundtrack

BETWEEN BROADWAY AND HOLLYWOOD - MGM
Lalo Schifrin
Solo Piano

BLACK WIDOW - CTI
Lalo Schifrin
Jazz Artist/Arranger/Synthesizer Solo

BOULEVARD NIGHTS - WARNER BROS
Lalo Schifrin
Soundtrack

THE CAT - VERVE
Jimmy Smith (Composer)
Lalo Schifrin
Conductor/Arranger

THE CAT STRIKES AGAIN - WERSI
Jimmy Smith (Composer)
Lalo Schifrin
Conductor/Arranger

THE CINCINNATI KID - MGM
Lalo Schifrin
Soundtrack

DESAFINADO - MGM
Pat Thomas
Lalo Schifrin
Conductor/Arranger

DREAM MACHINE - MUSHROOM RECORDS
Paul Horn/Producer
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

EXPLORATIONS - ROULETTE
Louie Bellson
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Conductor

FOURTH PROTOCOL - FILM TRAX
Lalo Schifrin
Soundtrack

GYPSIES - TABU
Lalo Schifrin
Producer/Composer/Keyboards

HARP AUJORD’HUI - CORONET
Marcella DeCray
Lalo Schifrin
Composer

JOHNNY HODGES VERVE
Johnny Hodges
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Piano Solo

LA PEAU - GAUMONT MUSIQUE
Lalo Schifrin
Soundtrack

LA PELLE - CINEVOX
Lalo Schifrin
Soundtrack

LALO SCHIFRIN IN BUENOS AIRES - RCA
Lalo Schifrin
Piano Solo

LA CLAVE - VERVE
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Piano Solo

LALOLE - ROULETTE
Lalo Schifrin – Piano Solo with Strings
Arranger/Conductor

LATIN JAZZ…MAN - AUDIO FIDELITY
Antonio Diaz Mena Piano Solo
Lalo Schifrin
Arranger

LE DISQUE DES SERIES - TV RECORDS
Americaines Vol 1
Lalo Schifrin
Composer

MUSIC FOR THE HARP - CRYSTAL
Ann Mason Stockton
Lalo Schifrin
Composer

A MUSICAL SAFARI - BOOMAN
Dizzy Gillespie/Arranger
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Piano Solo

NEW HORIZONS FOR JAZZ ENSEMBLE VOL 3 - JENSON
Lalo Schifrin
Piano Solo

NO ONE HOME - TABU
Lalo Schifrin
Producer/Composer/Arranger

NUNZIO MCA
Lalo Schifrin
Soundtrack

ONCE A THIEF - VERVE
Lalo Schifrin
Soundtrack

SPECTRUM - EPIC
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Arranger

GONE WITH THE WAVE - COLPIC RECORDS
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Arranger

SOL MADRID - MGM
Lalo Schifrin
Soundtrack

BATTLE CREEK BRAWL - VICTOR
Lalo Schifrin
Soundtrack

DOWN HERE ON THE GROUND - A&M
Les Montgomery
Lalo Schifrin
Composer

THE RISE & FALL OF THE THIRD REICH - MGM
Lalo Schifrin
Soundtrack

RAIN DANCE - DISCOVERY RECORDS
Anthony Ortega
Lalo Schifrin
Composer

REMUS 3 - TEN RECORDS
Alfredo Remus
Lalo Schifrin
Composer

REMUS 5 DISCO - ES CUTURE
Alfredo Remus
Lalo Schifrin
Composer

TRISTEZA ON PIANO - BASF
Oscar Peterson Trio
Lalo Schifrin
Composer

YELLOW CANARY - VERVE
Lalo Schifrin
Piano Solo

BOSSA NOVA - AUDIO FIDELITY
Lalo Schifrin
Conductor/Arranger/Piano Solo

DIZZY GILLESPIE RARITIES 1944/1961 - RARETONE
Dizzy Gillespie
Lalo Schifrin
Piano Solo

BOSSA NOVA - MERCURY
Quincy Jones
Lalo Schifrin
Piano Solo

INS AND OUTS - PALO ALTO RECORDS
Lalo Schifrin
Composer/Arranger/Piano Solo

BOSSA NOVA VERVE
Luis Bonfa
Lalo Schifrin
Conductor/Arranger

CHE! - TETRAGRAMMATION
Lalo Schifrin
Soundtrack

TOWERING TOCCATA - CTI
Lalo Schifrin
Keyboard Solo/Conductor/Arranger

BOSSA NOVA - VEE & JAY
Eddie Harris
Lalo Schifrin
Piano Solo/Arranger

FIRE AND ICE - MCA
Lalo Schifrin
Producer/Composer

DOWN HERE ON THE GROUND - PETE RECORDS
Gogi Grant
Lalo Schifrin
Composer

 

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