Interview for Journal of Music

Crete, Ireland, Italy: An Interview with Francesco Turrisi

On Friday, 1 February, the Irish group Tarab teams up with the Crete-based multi-instrumentalist Paul Goodman for a one-off collaboration at the Grand Social in Dublin. Tarab already includes a diverse bunch of musicians, instruments and musical backgrounds, including Emer Mayock (Irish flute, whistles, pipes), Nick Roth (soprano saxophone, furulya), Francesco Turrisi (accordion, lafta, percussion), Kate Ellis (cello) and Robbie Harris (percussion). For this performance, titled Isole, they will be augmented by Goodman’s Cretan lyra and saz, two string instruments. The links between traditional Irish music and Cretan music will be in focus.

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New “Songs of Experience” CD review


I originally became familiar with the music of Francesco Turrisi via his 2011 releaseFotografia.  An excellent album that featured a standard piano trio line-up, and fixated on a balance between chamber music and folk-infused jazz.  What resulted was a pleasant duality of elegance and earthiness.  On his current release, Songs of Experience, Turrisi sticks with the trio format, and while he has Joao Lobo returning on drums, he replaces the bass position with trumpeter Fulvio Sigurta.  This results in an entirely different album.  And while I would’ve been eminently content with more of the good stuff, I’m thrilled to witness Turrisi’s new direction.

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5 April 2013 – with Yurodny “Scilens”

NOTAM. Oslo – Norway

28-31 March 2013 – with Yurodny “Scilens”

Copenhagen – Denmark

19 March – with L’Arpeggiata “Mediterraneo” cd launch

Salle Gaveau – Paris – France

16 March 2013 – with Yurodny

Saint Patrick Festival – Dublin

14 March 2013 – With Kate Ellis “Resound”

St.Patrick festival – Dublin

New review of my cd “Songs of Experience” on the Irish Times


Songs of Experience Taquin Records ***

Dublin-based Italian pianist Francesco Turrisi is the very model of a modern jazz musician, drawing inspiration from a wide variety of sources – everything from jazz and Arabic to early Baroque and Italian folk music – and from them, over a series of excellent releases in the past five years, a unique and distinctive voice is emerging. When it comes to musicians, Turrisi is also apt to look beyond his nose, on this occasion recruiting rising Italian trumpeter Fulvio Sigurta and sensitive Portuguese drummer Joao Lobo. The pianist’s compositions for this bass-less trio are deceptively slight, epigrammatic fragments which merge seamlessly with passages of collective improvisation. The tone throughout is ruminative, even sombre, but it’s cut through by the leader’s playfulness, Sigurta’s spare, bluesy trumpet lines and Lobo’s keen sense of dynamics.

Original article here

13 March 2013 – with Lucilla Galeazzi “Festa Italiana”

Opera Rennes – France

6-7 March 2013 – with Bobby McFerrin!!

National Concert Hall. Dublin. Ireland

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