Hungarian born composer and teacher Ivan Vandor died in
Venice, Italy on November 15. He was 88. Born Ivan Weisz in Pecs, Hungary on
October 13, 1932 his family moved to Rome when Ivan was only 6. He began
studying violin and then piano at the age of 8, and, from 1948 to 1954, was
tenor sax in the group Roman New Orleans Jazz Band. He was later also member of
the avant-garde groups Musica Elettronica Viva and Gruppo di Improvvisazione di
Nuova Consonanza. In 1959 he graduated in Composition from the Santa Cecilia
Conservatory and in 1962 he obtained Italian citizenship. He was also author of
several books and essays. His compositions include one Euro-western “Django Kill”
(1967) starring Tomas Milian.
Born in Toledo, Ohio in 1946 I have a BA degree in American History from Cal St. Northridge. I've been researching the American West and western films since the early 1980s and visiting filming sites in Spain and the U.S.A. Elected a member of the Spaghetti Western Hall of Fame 2010.