L'Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio

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Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio
Orchestra
Founded 2002
Location Rome
Website www.orchestrapiazzavittorio.it

L'Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio is a well-known Italian multi-ethnic orchestra that was created in Rome in 2002. It is also the subject of a 2006 film of the same name that was reviewed in the New York Times.[1]

History[edit]

The Orchestra of Piazza Vittorio begins in the Esquilino neighborhood in Rome. This colorful and largely populated by immigrants area of Rome revolves around a square that is a hub for various cultures, sounds and musicians from all corners of the world: Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, also known as Piazza Vittorio. This Piazza inspired musician Mario Tronco, of the Piccola Orchestra Avion Travel, and filmmaker Agostino Ferrente to reunite some of these extraordinary performers, each one unique in origin, instrument, and musical experience, in a group, or better an orchestra, that plays and reinvents music from all over the world with an energy that audiences take away with them after each concert.

The project was carried out through Apollo 11, a community organization founded in 2001 by Tronco, Ferrente, and other artists and volunteers with the goal of rescuing the Apollo, a vintage movie theater, from being turned into a bingo hall.

The documentary L'Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio (2006) by Agostino Ferrente tells the story of this very unusual musical ensemble. The movie has since been successfully screened at many international festivals, including the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland and the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.[2] In Italy it is distributed by Luckyred, and has won several awards such as the Nastro d'Argento and the Globo D’Oro as best documentary, both in 2007. Netflix is the US distributor of the movie that has also been released in many other countries around the world. L’Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio has played over 300 concerts in the five continents, often after the screening of Ferrente’s movie, a format referred to as cineconcerto (film + concert).

The Orchestra has recorded 3 albums: the first (self-titled) has received the "German Record Critics' Award" in 2005 in the World Music section, and the last one, which is due out soon, is being co-produced by the legendary Bob Ezrin.

In the summer of 2009, l'Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio will tour Europe with their rendition of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, which will debut in Lyon.

Orchestra members[edit]

Former members[edit]

  • Eszter Nagypal (Hungary) – cello
  • Giuseppe Smaldino (Italy) – french horn
  • Mohammed Bilal (India) – harmonium, castanets
  • Amrit Hussain (India) – tabla

Discography[edit]

  • L'Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio (2003)
  • Sona (2006)
  • Il Flauto Magico Secondo L'Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio (2010)

References[edit]

  1. ^ New York Times Movies [1] L' Orchestra Di Piazza Vittorio (2006) Review Summary
  2. ^ a list of festivals the film participated in

External links[edit]