Sunday, August 20, 2017

Who Are Those Composers ~ Roque Baños

Roque Baños López was born in Jumilla, Murcia, Spain in 1968.B años has been involved in music his whole life, his father being a saxophonist, and he himself completed a basic saxophone degree at the Upper Music Conservatory of Murcia. In 1986, Baños moved to Madrid where he attended the Real Conservatorio Superior and continued his musical studies, obtaining professional degrees in the saxophone, piano, harmony, counterpoint, composition, instrumentation and conducting. In 1993 he received a grant from the Ministry of Culture to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, and it was as a student at Berklee that he would develop his aspirations to compose film scores and jazz.

Although Baños initially developed his skills as a concert musician, he soon decided to focus on composition. His approach to film music is due to his education at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. There, he studied music composition with David Spear and orchestral direction with Gregory Fridge, specializing in composition for film scores and jazz, winning several awards, among them the Robert Share Award for showing the highest dramatic level in the area of film score. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in the branches of film score and jazz composition.

Back in Spain, after a brief period in the short film scene, he began to compose for the big screen thanks to actor Gabino Diego. Since then he has composed many works along with fellow Spanish composer Alberto Iglesias.

In 2008, he received the Goya Award for Best Original Score for the soundtrack of Las 13 rosas.

He composed an American film for the first time in the 2013 horror film Evil Dead.

His music is notable for a great jazz influence, as showed in the majority of his works and especially in El robo más grande jamás contado (The Biggest Robbery Never Told).

BANOS, Roque (Roque Baños López) [1968, Jumilla, Murcia, Spain -     ] – composer, orchestrator, songwriter, conductor, musician (saxophone, piano), actor.
800 Bullets* - 2002 

Special Birthdays

Stelvio Cipriani (composer) is 80 today.

Isaac Hayes (actor) would have been 75 today, he died in 2008.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Spaghetti Western Locations ~ Adios Sabata

We continue to our search for filming locations for the 1970 film “Adios, Sabata”. Sabata arrives in a Mexican border town, ties up his horse and enters a stable. He has observed banker Folgen has seen him and three of his Austrian henchmen start walking towards Sabata. One of the Austrian agents was present at the duel and knows Sabata’s plans. After Sabata enters the stable he sets up an ambush for the Austrians. When the three agents enter the stable, close the doors and pull their guns. Sabata’s plan goes into action. He releases a grain sack on a rope which sends the first agent into an empty trough and knocks him senseless. The second agent and the leader of the group is sent upstairs to the loft on a large dumbwaiter where Sabata send him flying out a second story window. The third thug steps into a rope noose that Sabata has cleverly covered with straw and upends him swinging back and forth as he threatens to kill Sabata when he is free. Sabata shoots the rope and the agent falls unconscious to the floor of the stable and rolls onto a squeeze box which emits a sour chord. Sabata tells the man,  “He played that rotten.” and then leaves the stable.

This scene is filmed in the Italian western set at Elios Studio in Rome, Italy.

For a more detailed view of this site and other Spaghetti Western locations please visit my friend Yoshi Yasuda’s location site: and Captain Douglas Film Locations

Special Birthdays

L.Q. Jones (actor) is 90 today.