Last night we slipped the DVD of L’Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio into the player and witnessed a fine Italian documentary. How does one deal with the influx of immigrants to the area around Rome’s Termini train station? How does one try to form an orchestra consisting of immigrant musicians from all over the world?
It wasn’t easy.
The area around Termini, for all its faults, is an interesting one. Sure, you can hate it, fear it or even loath it—but, like obsessing over lost love or the Italian bureaucracy—it won’t do any good in the end.
But celebrate its differences—say by creating an artistic force that sucks you into enjoying the enlightening form of its unusual mode of expression—and you are inclined to look at the melange of cultures as a joyful celebration of life forces. And I’m convinced that it does do some good in the end. You can teach idiotic, arbitrary hate through religious channels or you can quietly celebrate the nature and diversity of life and teach your kids to be kind to others. One of them seems better to me than the other. And the music from the immigrant musicians in L’Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio is indeed inspiring.
Ok, I’m off the soapbox. Here’s the official site of L’Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio in English. Have fun. Don’t hurt anyone. Get the DVD or go to a concert or just listen to some of the tracks from their albums to see what the fuss is all about.