Spaghetti Western Orchestra

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The Spaghetti Western Orchestra, formerly the Ennio Morricone Experience, is a quintet of musicians who perform music from spaghetti westerns, especially the music of Ennio Morricone.

As the Ennio Morricone Experience, they performed at venues such as The Studio in Sydney. John Shand, reviewing their act in 2004, praised its inventive humour, saying that their "versatility is a constant surprise and regular source of laughs."

They premiered their current act at the Montreal Jazz Festival in 2007, were successful at the Edinburgh Festival, and have toured the world with this show in which they re-enact the music and incidents of famous spaghetti westerns, such as For a Few Dollars More and Once Upon a Time in the West, using a variety of unusual musical instruments such as the theremin and foley sound effects such as a duck call.

John Lewis of The Guardian reviewed their performance at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in October, 2009, saying that, while the storyline and comedy didn't work perfectly, their musicianship and the strong theme made this "an endearing, impressive show".

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