It was in the summer of 1969, more precisely between July 31st and August 3rd, when a very young and still relatively unknown David Bowie made his first appearance in Italy: in Monsummano Terme, Comune of Pistoiese that today has around twenty two thousand inhabitants.
The singer from Brixton, at the time only twenty years old, participated in a singing contest, the ‘International Disco Festival’, organised by the local cultural association ‘Giuseppe Giusti’. He sang a song form his first album ‘When I live my dreams’. It was a half success, in as much as Bowie came second, behind a young Spanish singer.
That week spent in Monsummano Terme has remained in the hearts of many, and at a distance of exactly 50 years, the Comune of Monsummano Terme, with the support of the Tuscany Region and the Fondazione Cassa of Rispamio of Pistoia and Pescia and the collaboration of the Associazione Teatrale Pistoiese, has decided to create a project that actively celebrates this anniversary.
The project invented and curated by the ‘Officine della cultura’, a cooperative of cultural productions, will happen on May 21st (at 21.15 in the Piazza Giusti). “1969: the man who fell on Monsummano Terme” is the title of the day that will be dedicated entirely to David Bowie and will see as a main performer, one of the greatest Italian jazz musicians, the trombonist Paolo Fresu, to whom the musical project was entrusted. Together with Fresu, who will reinterpret some of Bowie’s song in a jazz key, a band with Gianluca Petrella on trombone and electronics, vocals by Petra Magoni, guitar by Francesco Diodati, electronic bass by Francesco Ponticelli and drums by Christian Meyer.