Saturday, July 3, 2021

Who Are Those Composers? ~ Ivan Vandor

Ivan Vandor was born Ivan Weisz on October 12, 1932 in Pecs, Hungary. He and his family moved to Rome, Italy in 1938. There he began taking lessonsat age 6 on the violin and at age 8 on the piano. From 1948 to 1954 he was a tenor sax in the Roman New Orleans Jazz Band. He later became a member of the Musica Elettronica Viva and Gruppo di Improvvisazione di Nuova Consonanza. In 1959 he graduated with a degree in composition with Goffredo Petrassi from the Santa Cecilia Conservatory. In 1962 he became an Italian citizen.

Vandor also graduated from U.C.L.A. with a degree in ethnomusicology where he also authored several books and essays on the subject. His compositions included several film soundtracks such as Mino Guerrini's “Omicidio per appuntamento” (1967), Giulio Questi's “Django Kill” (1967), Nelo Risi's “Diary of a Schizophrenic Girl” (1968) and Michelangelo Antonioni's “The Passenger” (1975).

Since 1983 he taught Composition at the Conservatories "G. B Martini" of Bologna and "S. Cecilia" of Rome until his death on November 15, 2020 in Venice, Italy.

VANDOR, Ivan (aka Ivan Vander, Ivan Vandu) (Ivan Weisz) [10/13/1932, Pecs, Hungary – 11/15/2020, Venice, Veneto, Italy] – author, composer, musician (violin, saxophone, piano).

Django Kill – 1966

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