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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.

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New Album “Grigio”

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Grigio features an eclectic and unique selection of compositions drawing from musical sources as varied as 17th century Italian composers Merula, Strozzi and Landi, traditional Irish sean nos songs, a traditional Hebrew song,a John Zorn composition from the Masada songbook and original music by Turrisi
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New “Grigio” review


Published: October 28, 2013

For pianist Francesco Turrisi ‘old’ music is a redundant term. In the Dublin-based Italian’s world all music exists in a continuum. Turrisi’s debut, Si Dolce e il Tormento (Diatribe Records, 2009) may be the only example of the mediaeval theorbo—a long-necked lute— in a jazz setting. Fotografia (Diatribe Records, 2011)—a series of piano trio improvisations—veered between free-jazz abstraction and Mediterranean and Brazilian blues lyricism. For Songs of Experience(Taquin Records, 2013), Turrisi eschewed bass in favor of Fulvio Sigurtà’s trumpet and flugelhorn on highly melodic, minimalist pieces that drew equally from classical and folk traditions. On Grigio, Turrisi adds Italian baroque, traditional Irish and Hebrew song to an already colorful palette.
Common to all Turrisi’s recordings to a greater or lesser degree is the baroque/early music vein that runs through his music. The novelty here, however, is Turrisi’s employment of a vocalist. Three numbers sung quite beautifully by Clara Sanabras, “Che Si Puo Farre?,” “Augellin” and “Canzonette spiritual sopra la nanna” illustrate the melodic strength and lyric depth of seventeenth century Italian laments. Turrisi has played these songs with L’Arpeggiata, but the rhythmic impetus of bassist Dan Bodwell and drummer Sean Carpio combine with Turrisi’s tumbling jazz lines to fashion an utterly contemporary frame for music whose themes of love and anguish—and the indifference of the world—are timeless.

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“Songs of Experience” review for All About Jazz

Francesco Turrisi: Songs of Experience (2013)

By IAN PATTERSON, Published: March 17, 2013

Pianist Francesco Turrisi’s first two albums as leader, the classically influenced jazz of Si Dolce e il Tormento (Diatribe Recordings, 2009) and the more brooding, improvised Fotografia (Diatribe Recordings, 2011) were united by Turrisi’s mostly spare voice as much as they were by the folk, classical and jazz threads from which he draws inspiration. Here, Turrisi plots a strikingly minimalist course, playing seemingly fewer notes than on his first two releases combined. With trumpeter/flugelhorn player Fulvio Sigurtà the dominant voice, Turrisi orchestrates the ebb and flow of this highly melodic, hypnotic bassless trio.

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