Interview on Jazz Times

Time itself is an endless series of photographs; they continually flip by in motion, our memories preserving each frame. That, too, is how “Fotografia,” the latest album from pianist Francesco Turrisi, unfolds. In this collection of sublime instrumentals, Turrisi draws from his own experiences to illustrate the different stages of life from the quiet birth of the title cut to the specter of death on “Lachrimae (For My Father).” Based in Dublin, Ireland, Turrisi is a gifted composer and piano player whose work is steeped in emotional depth.

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Watch our new zahr promo video

featuring Lucilla Galeazzi, Khyam Allami, Andrea Piccioni…

New tracks with Sefiroth

click here and here to listen and download some brand new tracks I recorded with ensemble Sefiroth last summer in London. Very new and modern interpretations of traditional Sephardic music.

Tarab live at Temple Bar Trad Festival

Two video extracts of the Tarab concert at the Temple Bar Trad Festival.

Zahr review in the Irish Times

Zahr (Taquin Records)


Francesco Turrisi, the Turin- born multi-instrumentalist, relocated to Dublin six years ago, and his impact on the city’s music scene has been considerable. Turrisi’s reinterpretation of the Irish tradition with his group Tarab was revelatory, and his piano trio has introduced a fresh voice to Irish jazz. With Zahr , he now delves into the traditional music of southern Italy, and particularly its intersection with the Arab world, with fellow countrymen and musical polyglots Andrea Piccioni and Fabio Tricomi. Along with noted Italian folk singer Lucilla Galeazzi, Turrisi & co strike a balance between tradition and originality, showing respect for the various exotic instruments they play – including the Arabic oud (a type of lute), the Persian kemenche (an archaic fiddle), the Sicilian zampogna (a kind of bagpipe) and an array of frame drums and tambourines – even as they take them into new territory.

Original review here by Cormac Larkin

February newsletter

Read the Francesco Turrisi newsletter for February 2012.


Performance with L’Arpeggiata at the Chatelet Theatre in Paris.

Review of concert with Fay Claassen, The Irish Times

Review concert with Fay Claassen

Review of concert with Fay Claassen at JJ Smyths, Dublin – Ray Comiskey, The Irish Times

Review of Tarab Concert, Journal of Music

Review concert Tarab

Review of TARAB, National Concert Hall, Dublin, 24 April 2008, Journal of Music

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