Zerorchestra was put together to peform the music for one of the most beautiful films of the silent era dedicated to the world of the Seventh Art. Show People is one of the first examples, in the world of cinema, of a film in which several different hollywood celebrities of the time appear. The funniest cameo is Charlie Chaplin and the gag is based on the fact that his face (different to that of Charlot) was unknown to the audience. Funny and auto-ironic is the brief scene in the Studio gardens in which the protagonist bumps into actress Marion Davies (who plays herself), remaining disappointed. Not forgetting the self-quotations to the director King Vidor: the two protagonists go to the cinema to see one of his films (Bardelys the Magnificent, with his wife Eleanor Boardman as the protagonist), while finale scene alludes to The Big Parade.
The organic nature and the jazz derivations of the Zerorchestra are well adapted to a film set in the Roaring Twenties characterized by the explosion of Jazz, and in particular to Dixieland. In these years musicians like Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, Bix Beiderbecke, Fletcher Henderson and Billie Holiday performed in nightclubs such as the legendary Cotton Club.
Zerorchestra plays Show People
Music composed by Guenter Buchwald (conductor and piano) and played with Mirko Cisilino (trumpet), Luca Grizzo (percussion), Didier Ortolan (clarinet and sax), Gaspare Pasini (sax), Romano Tedesco (double bass), Luigi Vitale (vibraphone and xylophone).