ALESSIO FRANCHINI E IL CIRCOLO DEI BACCANALI

afAlessio arrives to create his project Alessio Franchini e il Circolo dei Baccanali, after numerous and various previous projects. After the beginning punk band, he started at age 17 his first real project called "Sin-é": a tribute to Jeff Buckley. Just him-self, alone: voice and guitar. Even if at that time was not so easy to play Jeff Buckley’s music (not known as it is now), Alessio collected lot of concerts throughout Italy and some television appearances. The first songwriting experience arrived soon with a new band. This gave Alessio the possibility to go for a new experience: write lyrics in Italian language. Now the suond is purely rock. In 2000, Alessio is called by a quite well known Italian alternative band named Cyber Circus. The band major influences are grunge and electronic.

The role in this group for Alessio is a vocal and rithm guitar. With Cyber Circus arrived his first successes with original songs, having concerts in important venues in Italy. With the same musicians, came out a side project called "A Perfect Garden", a tribute to Soundgarden. They immediately became the official Italian tribute band: they had lot of gigs in the major Italian clubs, including Rolling Stone in Milan, the most important one. Now the sound is grunge. In the following years, Alessio extends his music experiences to new genres. Alessio enters in new theater company, named Todo Modo Music All, as lead vocal.

Now Alessio discovers the world of '70s rock musicals (Jesus Christ Superstar, Tommy, Hair ...). the performances never arrived far outside from Livorno, but lets Alessio live a lot of shows with a real huge crowd. So now the sound is mixed also with musicals. In this period, the songwriting is stopped. The live activity, however, is quivering. Alessio starts again a new project: an acoustic duo with Andy Paul, one of the best guitarists of Tuscany. In this project Alessio explores the world of blues, from the most ancestral (Robert Johnson) to more recent ones (Gary Moore, Joe Bonamassa). This collaboration arrive to a new original show created, produced and arranged by Alessio and Andy. The show is "The Blues Evolution", the story of how the blues was born and how it influenced the best known artists of modern music, over the years. Now the sound is blues. 2007 is a very important year for Alessio, personally and musically.

Many changes arrive and the time comes to choose between all these streets and experience what is really important. May 27, is the first step: Alessio takes part in the organization in his city of a tribute to Jeff Buckley, a return to origins. This concert will be decisive. And 'in fact this evening that the escalation of events that will lead Alessio to play Buckley in Rome, Paris, Rimini, New York and Amsterdam and to collaborate with artists of the first order: all the Holland Metropole Orchestra (the biggest jazz orchestra of the world - 60 elements) and Mr. Gary Lucas, one of the greatest living American guitarist and co-author of the best-known songs and appreciated Jeff Buckley (Grace and Mojo Pin). But above all it is in 2007 that it becomes clear which direction to take: it's time to return to work on original music. Here comes the project Alessio Franchini e il Circolo dei Baccanali.

amStarts up playing bass guitar in ’94, with few private jazz and blues trials and lessons. He plays with some local bands in Livorno, but the first important experience comes in with the project named Cora. Simone Lenzi, a schoolfriend and great talent guitar, togheter to Alessio Franceschi on the drum and Moreno Nencini as singer. Cora walk trough a musical wave crossover-metal like with the first songs: although powerful and charge from Simone Lenzi and Alessio Franceschi, from ’95 to ’98 only few live gigs appears and the band doesn’t reach the main aim to playing live more and more. Subsequent, some different musical ideas born and in the months later becomes always more difficult to resolve.

Cora rests on the scene of performing band of local underground music and Alessio decides to leave the band. In early ’00 Alessio starts playing bass guitar with Ruskin Arms with Alessio Franchini, Jacopo Goracci and Nicola Marchi. With Alessio Franchini born an important period of his bassman life: a strong and original way of musical plan begin to form from ’00 until nowadays. Many live gigs and positive critical point of wiev for their sound and the lyrics of Alessio Franchini, one of most popular singer-writer in their city. Nicola Marchi and Jacopo Goracci have new project for their life and the project with the others soon fall down.

Alessio Macchia and Alessio Franchini rest togheter to work for another important project of alternative and acoustic italian rock: Alessio Franchini e il Circolo dei Baccanali. From ’09 Alessio Macchia finds his full expressions of style, rythms and string power.

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