ROCKIN’ X 1000

All About Italy (USA) - - Editorial - Alessan­dro Creta

It all started when Fabio Zaffagnini, a for­mer ma­rine ge­ol­o­gist, had an idea. In 2015 he per­suaded 1,000 mu­si­cians to come to­gether in the small Ital­ian city of Ce­sena and play a song by the Amer­i­can artists Foo Fight­ers as a way of ask­ing them to per­form in their city. The Foo Fight­ers saw a record­ing of the event on Youtube, were flat­tered by the re­quest from the ‘Rockin’1000’ and ac­cepted the gig.

On pa­per it could have been a typ­i­cal rock con­cert, a packed sport sta­dium with the large au­di­ence singing and clap­ping. How­ever it was a far cry from any­thing the con­cert-go­ers had seen be­fore. The stage was the soc­cer pitch it­self, spe­cially set-up for the oc­ca­sion and more than ca­pa­ble of ac­com­mo­dat­ing the 1,000 or more mu­si­cians tak­ing part.

The Rockin’1000 is a, mostly Ital­ian, trav­el­ling en­sem­ble. The project be­gan in Ce­sena in the prov­ince of Emilia Ro­magna and has be­come world fa­mous with a thou­sand or more mu­si­cians play­ing and singing si­mul­ta­ne­ously at their con­certs. Last sum­mer the Rockin’1000 moved be­yond Italy’s bor­ders to per­form in Paris and Frank­furt dur­ing which the au­di­ence of over 70,000 was in­vited to par­tic­i­pate. Be­sides the large turnout of fans, mu­si­cians came from all over Europe to go on stage and play with the other hun­dreds of artists. In Paris the per­form­ers, led by the young con­duc­tor Alex Deschamps came mostly from France (743) and Italy (243) as well as from Bel­gium, Ger­many, Poland, the Nether­lands, Swe­den, Aus­tria and Canada. On the Ger­man leg, the Rockin’1000 were di­rected by Wolf Ker­schek and per­formed in Frank­furt’s main sta­dium. This is the story of how or­di­nary peo­ple, united in their pas­sion and cre­ative am­bi­tion, suc­ceeded in ob­tain­ing re­sults that would oth­er­wise have been un­think­able in­di­vid­u­ally. It shows how artis­tic strength in numbers is the se­cret of suc­cess of the big­gest mu­sic band in the world. A fea­ture film is be­ing made and is due for re­lease next year, and aims to tell the story of the birth, train­ing and de­vel­op­ment of this now world fa­mous band of mu­si­cians.

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