Spaghetti Western composer playing Los Angeles and New York in March 2014.
Despite Morricone's long history with Hollywood — he's been nominated for five Academy Awards for Best Original Score, and in 2007, he received an Honorary Oscar for his career achievements — the upcoming L.A. gig will be his first-ever West Coast concert. He made his live-debut in the U.S. just a few years ago, in 2007, with a performance at New York City's Radio City Music Hall. That milestone came after Morricone had built a decades-deep body of work, marked by collaborations with filmmakers such as Sergio Leone, Brian De Palma, Oliver Stone, Barry Levinson, and Warren Beatty.
More recently, Morricone made headlines for his overblown beef with director Quentin Tarantino, who used some of the composer's work (including one original song) in his 2012 film, the spaghetti Western-meets-American-slavery epic Django Unchained.