Simon Hanes is a California born, Brooklyn-based composer, performer and arranger, or “compformanger” for short. His work revolves around bridging his main influences; soundtrack music from 1960s/70s Italian films, contemporary classical music, and non-idiomatic improvisation. Hanes composes for and performs extensively with his 13-piece Italian Soundtrack-Pop ensemble, Tredici Bacci, and has collaborated with such musicians as Elysian Fields, Ryan Power, Ruth Garbus, JG Thirlwell, Charlie Looker, Vincenzo Vasi, and underground legend Gary Wilson.
Hanes has worked as an orchestrator, and conductor for the legendary producer Hal Wilner on his most recent album, working with singers Marc Almond and Emily Haines.
Other projects include extreme noise-thrash trio Trigger, which has performed in the US and Europe as part of legendary composer John Zorn’s bagatelles project, and a washed-up 1970s Italian lounge singer alter ego named Luxardo whose performances intentionally devolve into abstract chaos.
With the help of stellar musicians and fellow NEC grads Sami Stevens, Evan Allen, and Joanna Mattrey, Hanes started ANONYM in early 2017. The group has since performed extensively in New York and recently recorded their first album.