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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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.

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