ROCKIN’ X 1000
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.