Buenos Aires Argentina
From ‘Mission: Impossible’ to ‘Dirty Harry’ and ‘Bullitt’, the list of his theme tunes and film scores is endless. Meet Lalo Schifrin!
Albeit the term “living legend” is as clichéd as a romance in Paris, _(artist-name)Lalo Schifrin_ is exactly that and much more: pianist, composer, conductor, multi-Grammy winner, multi-Oscar nominee, film score genius and jazz musician. Schifrin started his musical career - while studying law and music alike - in 1955 in Paris. After having played the piano with _(artist-name)Astor Piazolla_, he returned to his native city of Buenos Aires to form a 16-piece jazz orchestra that performed regularly on Argentinian television. A meeting with _(artist-name)Dizzy Gillespie_ resulted in a move to New York with Lalo Schifrin becoming the pianist and musical director for Gillespie’s quintet. Schifrin continued his work in TV, winning an Emmy for his radical re-arrangement of _(song-title)The Man From U.N.C.L.E._ theme tune, headed to Hollywood to compose the unforgettable theme tune to the _(song-title)Mission: Impossible_ TV series, and scored classic Clint Eastwood films such as _(album-title)Coogan’s Bluff_ and _(album-title)Dirty Harry_, not to mention Steve McQueen’s ultimate car chase movie, _(album-title)Bullitt_. Lalo Schifrin has since had an incredible career and over the last 50 years has provided music for over 100 movies, including classics like _(album-title)The Cincinnati Kid_, _(album-title)Cool Hand Luke_, _(album-title)Che!_, _(album-title)Kelly’s Heroes_, _(album-title)The Eagle Has Landed_, _(album-title)Enter The Dragon_, _(album-title)The Amityville Horror_ - the list goes on and on. Still composing and widely sampled by many of today’s producers (check _(artist-name)Portishead_’s _(song-title)Sour Times_), the legend of Lalo Schifrin is still not finished.