La dolce vita - Italian film music is an event project that has been premiered in New York last year and this summer has taken place in Italy and next year will (hopefully) tour the world from Switzerland to Japan.
Who wouldn't know the Italian classic movies and their music written by names like Ennio Morricone, Nino Rota and others? The idea of the project is very simple: make those songs live again performed live by Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini orchestra with guest singers like Alice, Raphael Gualazzi and Morgan with projection of the main scenes from the movies. Simple and effective. Those who have seen it love it. One more chance to catch this for now is November 30 in Milan.
"I'm still excited and get emotional just thinking about it" explains the mind and record label mogul Caterina Caselli from Sugar when talking about the Lincoln Center performance last September in New York. "Martin Scorcese and Woody Allen were there and were very enthuastic. Right there I decided this project needs to come to Italy and tour the world, with some modifications. In the USA we had opera singers and it goes down well there. In Italy we have a more pop approach and it works here. Raphael Gualazzi does a fantastic piano version of Amarcord's theme while Alice sings arias from C'era una volta il West and Mondo cane, while Morgan, Tosca, tenor Federico Paciotti and violinist Andrea Obiso compete the cast with songs from Pinocchio, La vita é bella, Incontro, Il Postino, Nuovo cinema paradiso and others are included. It's enough to hear notes of these songs and you remember the whole film" she concludes.
For the moment there are no plans for any discographical release but the performances are being recorded "just in case"......