THE FILM, a contemporary fairy tale, and
An ORCHESTRA featuring musicians from around the world.
First German performance
Drummer Mario Tronco and filmmaker Agostino Ferrente are living in a bustling and diverse neighborhood near the Piazza Vittorio (Emanuele II) in Rome. In 2001, they decided to meet some of the international musicians in his quarter and collaborate with them on a new project.
The inspiration for this idea was very political.
Sixteen musicians from various countries, including Tunisia, Brazil, Ecuador, Hungary, Cuba, Senegal and also Italy, play in the “Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio” under the artistic direction of Mario Tronco. From the beginning, the musicians weren’t concerned with maintaining the pure ethnic character of their music – how would that have worked? Instead, they enthusiastically blended and combined the styles and traditions from their different lands.
“It’s our secret,” said bassist Pino Pecorelli. “We were all able to stay just the way we are.”
In 2006, Agostino Ferrente made a documentary film about the orchestra’s colorful history. Shot in the “cinéma vérita” style, it attracted a great deal of attention at film festivals around the world. It shows how Mario Tronco set off to explore the area near Piazza Vittorio in his search for musicians, along with the funny and insane situations that happened in the process of building this multinational, multiethnic ensemble.
The film is a production of Lucky Red, Pirata M.C. and Bianca Film. The “Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio” is a production of Apollo 11.