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Lygon Street: Si Parla Italiano by Asher Pope (Review)

posted Mar 5, 2014, 10:07 PM by Kaya Savas

Lygon Street is a famous street in Australia known as being the heart of Italian immigration in post WWII Australia when the country opened up its doors to European immigrants. To call it Little Italy would be an understatement, and this documentary is all about the story of how Lygon Street came to be and how it affected the people around it. The film is a look into how cultures meld and people grow to completely transform a country’s way of living. The eclectic score was composed by Asher Pope, and boy what a wonderful little gem this one is.

I think this score is an absolutely wonderful reflection of the story being told by this documentary. The story is about how Italian immigrants influenced life in Melbourne, Australia. Now we have an Australian composer who has written a wonderful Italian influenced score to accompany the story. In fact I find that to be incredibly poetic. The music feels organic, it feels alive and it fuels the energy of the story. It’s Italian folk inspired with a jazzy band feel. At times you feel like you are immersed in a room full of people and their history, while at times you are locked into the narrative with some beautiful passages. The narrative is very apparent in the music, and Pope does a commendable job of reflecting the story in the music. There is some really genuine emotion in the last few tracks that left me wanting more and wishing there was more than the 30-minutes here. Even if the score is short, it doesn't make it incomplete. There is a wonderful story here worth listening to. Asher Pope is a composer worth discovering too, as his music here is supremely impressive and engrossing.

The entire score was practically done by Pope himself except with some featured saxophone from Melbourne musician Emilia Wilmot. Lygon Street: Si Parla Italiano is a documentary about cultures melding and growing together. It celebrates the beauty of people, customs and ways of life. As well as the conflicts that come with integration. The music is a true reflection of the story and is wonderfully approached and executed. Little gems like this are always a true pleasure to discover and I hope you seek this one out as well.