Riverock Festival in Assisi opens with the photo exhibition “SONO = SOUND” and then the concerts Events in Perugia

Until next July 31, at the Bonacquisti Palace in Assisi, it will be possible to visit the exhibition “Who is Simone Cecchetti?”, A retrospective of one of the most prestigious names in European music photography – which Sky Arte has just participated in. dedicated an exclusive documentary monograph – edited by Marco Dionisi Carducci with critique by Giorgio Vulcano. This is an initiative of the Riverock Association, in collaboration with the municipality of Assisi and with the support of the Perugia Foundation as part of the eleventh edition of the Riverock Festival.

The exhibition is part of the project “SONO = SOUND Music through images”, which reflects on the intricate semiotic relationship between sound and image, between music and its visual representation. Accompanying it will be 4 lectures that will feature nationally prominent exponents in the visual arts, linked to the world of music and entertainment, including photography, film production, illustration and graphic design. New views that step in to make today’s music more complex and multifaceted, whose enjoyment is no longer the prerogative of our ears alone.

Who is Simone Cecchetti?

Considered one of the most active international music photographers, Simone Cecchetti has photographed rock stars for over 20 years, strictly live, on the main Italian and European stages, with a unique and unmistakable style.
Among some of the great artists immortalized by his lens are Madonna, Nick Cave, Aerosmith, Elton John, Sting, REM, Coldplay, U2, Depeche Mode, George Michael, Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen.
In 2010, one of his portraits of Mick Jagger, the only non-posed person in existence, was selected to be exhibited in the retrospective “Mick Jagger. The Photobook”, presented as part of the “Rencontres d’Arles” photography festival in the summer of 2010 .
In recent years, he has curated covers for albums by major Italian artists, including Zucchero, Daniele Silvestri, Carmen Consoli, Renato Zero, Vinicio Capossela, Fabrizio Bosso, Fiorella Mannoia and many others.
But not just music: In 2010, Cecchetti was chosen as the first official photographer to document the opening and setting up of MAXXI in Rome, designed by Zaha Hadid. Since 2011, he has been collaborating with AS Roma for eight years on an annual limited book, “AS Roma Official Photobook”.

The four lectures on the Riverock Festival


It is not true that “the book is not judged by the cover”. How many times, looking for titles in the music store or in the Spotify library, have you happened to be caught by a picture, shape or font of the artwork on an unknown album and let yourself be carried away by curiosity?
Valerio Bulla, historical member of Band de I Cani and designer for Bomba Dischi and 42 Records, will tell us about it.


Since the days of Warhol and Velvet Underground, illustration has been an inseparable companion of rock and pop music. Many of the music’s great classics are invariably connected and remembered thanks to the illustration that covered the album cover. In the digital age and the end of physical media, this association is still resisting.
We will talk about it with Alessandro Baronciani, illustrator and comic book creator, the hand behind the posters from the most famous Italian festivals, covers of bands like Baustelle, Tre Allegri Ragazzi morti and Perturbazione, and author of comic book show disco “When everything turned blue” .

SONO = AUDIO – PHOTOGRAPHY (July 23 at 6 p.m.)

A click, a moment of silence, to tell the sound of songs, eras and generations that stretch over time. The story, the techniques and the best anecdotes told by the main character in the SONO = SOUND project, Simone Cecchetti.

SONO = SOUND STALK – FILMING (28 July at 18.00)

Videos, documentaries, live shows. These are just some of the ways in which videographic language interacts with music. One of the strongest relationships, which are sometimes so symbiosis that they do not stand out from each other. As proof of this can be mentioned the intertwined and overlapping careers of many actors and directors who have been able to pick up the guitar with excellent results, or musicians and singers who have become protagonists on the small and big screen. We will talk about it with Giorgio Testi, one of the most sought after live show directors internationally who has worked with Bon Jovi, Oasis, Sting, the Rolling Stones, Pixies, Amy Winehouse and many others.

Looking forward to the first concert at the Riverock Festival

The Riverock Festival will soon also open its doors for music with the first live deal 2022: on July 8, Gli Psicologi arrives on stage at Lyrick Summer Arena, a very young duo with urban rap sounds, very popular with audiences in “Generation” Z “, that after the great success of their debut album” Millennial Bug “, this summer they will release the songs from the new album” Trauma “, on April 29th.

BIO – The psychologists are Drast (Marco De Cesaris) and Lil Kaneki (Alessio Akira Aresu), born in 2001, whose online-born partnership leads to music through pop-rap consciousness streams. Exponents of the “post millennial” generation tell the complexity of the world around them with truth and compositional intelligence.

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