A new track from “Isole” recorded live At Mermaid Arts Centre with The Taquin Experiments

New Piano solo Video of “Mi Mariposa Hermosa”


“Isole” at the Mermaid arts centre on September 24th.





Isole (Italian for Islands) is a collection of newly edited short films with archive footage from 1930s Ireland and Sicily.
Poverty, isolationand the influence of the Catholic church connect these two remote islands, despite their geographical distance.
Agricultural and fishing life, religious rites and musical and dance traditions of the two islands are presented side by side.
The films are accompanied by an original soundtrack composed by Francesco Turrisi and performed live by his group The Taquin Experiments.

Funded by Wicklow County Arts Office.

Francesco Turrisi – piano
Fulvio Sigurta – trumpet
Nick Roth – saxophone
Kate Ellis – cello
Dan Bodwell – bass
Matt Jacobson – drums

Mick Mahon – editing


A new video by Bourbon where I discuss Improvisation and other pianistic things

On tour with Bobby McFerrin


I am on the road with the one and only Bobby Mcferrin in Italy and Switzerland. here the dates:

July 16th – Ravello
July 17th – Pescara
July 19th – Borgia
July 26th – St.Moritz
July 29 – Merano

Video EPK of Francesco Turrisi & The Taquin Experiments

A trailer of Arpeggiata cd “Music for a while”

Francesco Turrisi & “The Taquín Experiments” Launch





Francesco Turrisi & “The Taquín Experiments” Launch
wed 23rd of April
Odessa club. 13 Dame Court, Dublin
doors 8.30pm
Tickets 10€ on the door
come early as tickets are limited

“The Taquín Experiments” is a new ensemble created and directed by Italian pianist Francesco Turrisi to perform his own original music and his arrangements of traditional music.

The launch will feature:
Francesco Turrisi: piano, accordion, percussion
Kate Ellis: cello
Nick Roth: saxophone
Fulvio Sigurta’: trumpet & flugelhorn
Julien Colarossi: guitar
Barry Donohue: bass
Matt Jacobson: drums

Francesco Turrisi has been defined a “musical alchemist” by the press because of his wide range of musical influences and experiences.
He creates an original musical language in his compositions, drawing influences from baroque music to the traditional repertoires from the Mediterranean, Irish traditional music and contemporary jazz.


New Grigio Review on “The Guardian” by John Fordham


This is a lyrical, culture-bridging jazz-tinged folk album led by Francesco Turrisi, a creative, Italian-born pianist and arranger living in Dublin. The unusual lineup includes soprano sax, cello and frame drums, but the dominant voices are those of Irish traditional singer Roísín Elsafty and the multilingual, London-based folk and early-music vocalist Clare Sanabras. From Sanabras’ ringing declamation of 17th-century Italian composer Barbara Strozzi’s Che Si Puo Fare – with its soft cello lines and piano ostinato, and the contrasting thud and flicker of the percussion – through the slow sax weave and scything cello slurs on John Zorn’s Hadasha, to Elsafty’s haunting sigh on the traditional Irish song Seoithin Seo, the session is an atmospheric fusion of traditions, and Turrisi fully deserves the “musical alchemist” compliments he has been getting in recent years. For jazz listeners, it may take more than a plucked bass or a passing trickle of Jarrett-like piano improv to make this more than a graceful folk album with some jazz inflections, but it’s sensitively assembled and beautifully sung.

read original review here

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