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Franco Mussida – The planet of music and Iòtu’s journey

Fortezza Nuova
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Franco Mussida was born in Milan in 1947. An artist who has experimented with and described music in different contexts. He is one of the founders of PFM – Premiata Forneria Marconi, with whom he has released dozens of albums, composed, played, and sung many of his national and international successes, including “Impressioni di Settembre”. Franco, along with the members of his group, is one of the fathers of PROGRESSIVE not only in Italy but also internationally. He has dedicated over 57 years of his life to the group’s artistic experience, more than 40 of which with PFM. He has collaborated and performed with singers, artists, and intellectuals including Fabrizio De André (he curated the artistic production of De André – PFM), Lucio Battisti, Francesco Guccini, Paolo Conte, Lucio Dalla.

In 1984, he founded the CPM Music Institute in Milan, one of the most prestigious Italian institutes of Popular Music. In addition to this, for over thirty years, he has been engaged in social work and research in prisons and communities, using music as an educational tool. Among the projects he has carried out is “CO2”, a project in 12 Italian prisons awarded in 2017 with the Medal of the Presidency of the Republic. Since 2012, Mussida has made his research on the effects of music on emotional structure known through visual art and essays. In this regard, between 2013 and 2020, he wrote 5 essays. The most recent ones are “The Planet of Music” (Salani Editore, 2019) and “The Gold of Sound” (Nomos, 2021). Furthermore, he designs and creates experiential exhibitions, permanent installations in prestigious museum locations in our country, including the Triennale di Milano, and the Fortezza da Basso in Florence, where he received the Lorenzo de’ Medici award in 2015 along with Anish Kapoor. His research work on the mystery that transforms music into emotions continues in the prisons of San Vittore, a place he has been visiting since 1987, and in the community of San Patrignano.