In the late '60s/early '70s, Italian-born musician Franco Falsini gathered with likeminded spirits in the wilds of Virginia under the name Sensations' Fix, recording borderless music that flirted with everything from avant-prog to dreamy, Moog-enriched psychedelia.
In the late í60s/early í70s, Italian-born musician Franco Falsini gathered with likeminded spirits in the wilds of Virginia under the name Sensationsí Fix, recording borderless music that flirted with everything from avant-prog to dreamy, Moog-enriched psychedelia.
For the better part of three decades, this far-reaching music lingered mostly untouched, like an artifact gathering dust in some yet-discovered crypt, until DJ Shadow, in his role as musical archeologist, exhumed Fixís music for a pair of tracks on his 2002 album The Private Press. In the years since, the band has steadily increased its profile, releasing a series of reissues, including the indispensable Music Is Painting in the Air, from 2012, and renewing its live presence ó a fortunate series of events Falsini, now in his 60s, is still struggling to comprehend.
ďWhat Iím doing now, itís a way of meeting with these people and asking so I can really find out what turned them on [to the music],Ē said Falsini, who performs at the Summit on Thursday, April 23. ďItís one of the reasons Iím doing this live. Itís connecting with these people and letting them know that all these years have passed by but I never really stopped doing music. Iíve been doing this and trying to progress, too.Ē
Falsiniís life, like his music, has been defined by near-constant movement. In addition to his formative stint in Virginia, heís lived in London and Italy, and even now he hesitates lingering anywhere long enough for his roots to work their way into the soil.
ďItís the way I am; this whole thing is the nomad,Ē he said. ďNow Iím in a situation where I donít stay anywhere for long, even though Iím from Florence. I move around a lot in Italy, and Iím doing all these things. Like this summer Iíll be in Europe and Holland and Germany.Ē
Falsiniís late-career renaissance coincides with a stretch where the musician has started wrestling with the idea of mortality, and he explained that human frailty has become a great motivator, pushing him to work and create while he remains of sound body and mind.
ďYou get to an old age and anything can happen to you. You could get a disease. You can die of cancer, like itís been happening to a lot of musician friends. And at the same time you can just lose your mind, too. You can be really healthy, but then your brain just goes and itís no longer in this reality,Ē he said. ďYou never know how much time you have. By doing this, it makes me feel at peace with myself. If I wasnít doing this perhaps during the day I would be thinking paranoid things or stuff that would not make me happy. It would just be worrying about your life, and that would not be a good feeling. This way I feel confident. I feel OK. I feel calm inside.Ē
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