The Hero’s Journey of Il Picaro – Enrico Cerretti

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

I love the fact that it doesn’t feel like work, because music is something I would do even if I wasn’t getting paid to do it.

What is my idea of happiness?

Knowing that I can provide all of my family’s need through the sheer creation of music, and that I am leaving a legacy behind which will still provide for them long after I’m gone.

What is my greatest fear?

The thought that something bad might happen to my daughters.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

Sometimes I struggle prioritazing everyday tasks, as my mind tends to be completely absorbed in my music.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?

There are simply too many to mention, generally speaking I admire any artist with a strong personality and who’s not afraid to take risks in their art.

What is my greatest extravagance?

I have a compulsion for second-hand vintage clothing and used vinyl.

Photo Credits: Giovan Battista D’Achille

On what occasion would I lie?

If it’s worth it, on many occasions.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

The lack of it.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

When my music was able to reach people’s hearts.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

I would be a better musician.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

Having music playing in more than 30 countries on 4 different continents.

Where would I most like to live?

In Rome, where I live.

What is my most treasured possession?

My life.

What is my most marked characteristic?


What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

Mostly in the multicultural neighborhoods, where I can feel the energy of life is really pulsing.

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city?

Trastevere and Testaccio.

What books influenced my life and how?

Any autobiography of artists, especially Jazz musicians, because I can relate to all the struggles and disappointments which creative people have to face everyday, in order to experience that brief and blissful moment when art finally comes to life, and touches people’s heart.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

Any album by Count Basie during the Pablo Records period of the 1970s and 80s.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

Homer’s Ulysses.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Gato Barbieri, Ennio Morricone, David Bowie, Lucio Dalla, Renato Zero, Freddie Mercury, Al Pacino, Woody Allen….etc!

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?

The Blues Brothers.

What role play stories in my life and work?

Stories ARE my life and work.

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me?

My philosophy of life, ever since I picked up a clarinet at age 13.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

There are several, but the greatest of all is certainly my father.

Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2022? (you can mention a maximum of 10 people and/or companies who could make a real difference in your creative career. I will invite them to tell their story, tell them you mentioned their name and send them your story)

I would love to write soundtracks for such directors as: Hany Abu Assad, Paolo Sorrentino, Terry Gilliam, Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu. I would love to work on a Netflix or Amazon series, either as the main composer or music licensor.

What project, in 2022, am I looking forward to work on?

A 40-minute music suite composed for a contemporary dance company performance, based on a theme I wrote 25 years ago called “How many heroes”.

Where can you see me or my work in 2022?

This coming summer I will be performing in Pisa, Tuscany.

Online you can listen and buy my music at the following links:

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

The fact that I don’t make music in order to live, but I live in order to make music.

Which creative professionals should Peter invite to tell their story? (you can mention a maximum of 10 people who you would give the opportunity to share their story, i will invite them to tell their story, tell them you mentioned their name and send them your story)

Alex Schaetzing –

Roberto Soldatini –

Sergio Villegas –

How can you contact me?

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