Documentary Screening in New York About immigrant Musicians in Italy: The Orchestra of Piazza Vittorio

 Orchestra of Piazza Vittorio
Orchestra of Piazza Vittorio
The Orchestra of Piazza Vittorio film will be screened at IFC Center (323 Sixth Avenue, at W. 3rd Street). It is a 5-year film diary that recounts the effort to create an all-immigrant orchestra in Rome shortly after 9/11. As anti-immigrant activists take to the streets, decrying the “invasion” of foreigners in the Italian capital, neighborhood musician Mario Tronco and his “Apollo 11” partners struggle to pull together a functioning orchestra in time for their first public performance: Is it true there’s an Indian tabla player living in Corsica? Who knows a Tunisian oud player? Where does that Cuban trumpet player hang out? Can the Senegalese vocalist be persuaded to join?The unlikely success of this wildly ambitious effort is a modern fairy tale. 250 European concerts and 2 CD recordings later, the Orchestra of Piazza Vittorio is still bringing its unique style of music and message of unity to audiences around the world. The film features musicians from: Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, India, Italy, Morocco, Romania, Senegal, Ecuador, Hungary and the United States.

The Orchestra will perform after the screening. Film director Agostino Ferrente will appear in person  at the event.

A US tour will follow.

Buy the group’s two CDs, Suite Ninderli and Sona.