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

Review of cd launch concert

by Davy Keogh for “Totally Dublin”

A haven from a bustling pre-Christmas Friday evening on Stephen’s Green, the Unitarian Church provided a perfect setting for Francesco Turrisi’s album launch. The intimacy and stillness of the space was a welcome contrast to the night outside, where the chimes of occasional Luas bells drifted beautifully into a mix of piano, trumpet/flugelhorn and drums. Now on his third solo release, the Dublin-based Italian confirmed again his credentials: his playful and infinite referencing to different musical styles and contexts. Opening with Nel Mezzo, a reflection on his own life, Turrisi and his partners descended into a focus that set the tone for the rest of the evening.

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video from Arpeggiata recording session. “Hasapiko”

CD Launch “Songs of Experience”

Friday 14th of December 8.30 pm

Unitarian Church, St Stephens Green.Dublin2

Tickets (on the door) 10 euro (including the CD)

“Songs of Experience” is the third album by Italian (Dublin resident) pianist Francesco Turrisi released from his own label Taquin records. Turrisi presents a very original and international trio that features Italy’s young rising star Fulvio Sigurta’ on trumpet and talented Portuguese drummer Joao Lobo. All the music is written by Turrisi and is a blend of contemporary European jazz influenced by early Baroque music and Mediterranean traditional music.

Songs of Experience Francesco Turissi

Review of “Fotografia” for All About Jazz Italia

di Neri Pollastri

Nuovo interessante lavoro di Francesco Turrisi, pianista torinese trasferitosi in Irlanda e eccellente tessitore di musiche diverse. Dopo Sì dolce è il tormento, su ispirazione di musiche seicentesche e con un ensemble assai curioso, qui lo troviamo in un classico trio piano-basso-batteria, a suonare, però, cose tutt’altro che scontate.

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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

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