“Enzo Avitabile Music Life” is the title of the documentary which the American director Jonathan Demme – Oscar winner for “The Silence of the Lambs” – dedicated to the Neapolitan saxophonist and which was presented at the last edition of the Venice Film Festival, for then go out in the United States last fall. Damme, who has already turned its attention to the world of international music, producing two documentary film about the Talking Heads and Neil Young, seems to have been struck by the music of Avitabile and that’s why he undertook the project of this new documentary. As he says in an interview with La Repubblica: “Five years ago I was listening to a program on the radio while I was driving on the George Washington Bridge in New York, and the music of Enzo Avitabile has struck me, my life has changed. I really wanted to meet him and two years later I had the opportunity to do so during a trip to Naples. We decided to try to shoot a musical portrait of him. The film is the result of an incredible week spent with this great man of music, a journey through Naples and a special return to his magical place of birth, Marianella”. The soundtrack of the documentary – which was screened in only two nights in the Italian cinema (November 18 and 19, 2013) – was published, all over the world, from CNI Music. It is a double CD full of charm and world traditional, in which Avitabile is joined by internationally renowned artists such as Trilok Gurtu, Toumani Diabate, Eliades Ochoa, Ashraf Sharif Khan, but also important Italian musicians in traditional music scene, such as Luigi Lai, Zi Giannino, the singers of Miserere of Sessa Aurunca, the Bottari of Portico.
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