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Six hundred musicians answer Paolo Fresu’s call for a jazz marathon in quake-hit L’Aquila

by Italy24 staff

Six hundred musicians take up their instruments to support L'Aquila, hit by an earthquake in 2009, in an act of solidarity for a city whose woes are at risk of being forgotten.
With a program consisting of 100 concerts and 12 hours of continuous music, L'Aquila gets ready for a “Woodstock of Jazz” (in the words of Italy's Culture Minister Dario Franceschini), which will be held on Sunday, September 6.

From noon till midnight, music will be performed everywhere, in the L'Aquila's streets and squares, across 20 locations amid the construction cranes and the monuments that are coming back to life. The musical journey will also encompass the Basilica of St. Bernardino, the Fountain of the 99 Spouts, the Cloister of St. Dominic.

It was Sardinian trumpet and flugelhorn player Paolo Fresu who came up with the idea of organizing the event. Among the artists who will take part is also singer-songwriter Gino Paoli.

This massive mobilization aims not only at raising awareness on the timing of the city's reconstruction, but also at helping rebuild L'Aquila's social fabric, which was also hit hard by the earthquake.

This concert-filled day will be preceded by a charity soccer game that will be held on September 5 at 4 pm at the Tommaso Fattori Stadium in L'Aquila; Italy's Jazz musicians' National team, the Stand-up comedians' National team and a delegation of players from the city of L'Aquila will take the field.