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Francesco Turrisi ‘Northern Migrations’ Album Launch

For Turrisi, tradition and improvisation are not different countries but two sides of the same mountain. Turrisi’s musical traditions - formal and folkloric - span the centuries and a large swathe of the history of European migration. This kaleidoscopic vocabulary - always in flux - provides the grist to Turrisi’s improvisational mill and the rough material from which he crafts his uniquely original, haunting music.

– Ian Patterson, All About Jazz


With support from the Improvised Music Company, pianist Francesco Turrisi will be celebrating the launch of his new album 'Northern Migrations' with a performance at Fumbally Stables, Dublin, on Saturday 14th April, as part of his album launch tour. 

"Northern Migrations" features original solo piano compositions and improvisations by Francesco Turrisi and the 10 year journey of Italian pianist from the heart of the Mediterranean to the North of Europe.

If a musician is defined by the company he keeps, then it is little wonder that Italian pianist Francesco Turrisi skirts facile categorization. The Turin-born, Dublin-based jazz musician has collaborated with former Miles Davis reedsman Dave Liebman, flamenco icon Pepe El Habichuela, kaval player Theodosii Spassov and singer extraordinaire Maria Pia de Vito. He has toured with Bobby McFerrin, played the music of Steve Reich with NY ensemble Bang on A Can and, since 2004, has been a core member of early music ensemble L’Arpeggiata.

In spite of his numerous collaborations, it’s as a leader that Turrisi has earned his spurs. His four beautifully crafted solo albums and two co-led releases have garnered widespread critical acclaim and positioned Turrisi as one of the most original voices of his generation. This April 14th, he launches first piano solo album ‘Northern Migrations’, and embarks on an album launch tour. The album features original solo piano compositions and improvisations by Francesco Turrisi, and encompasses the ten-year journey of the Italian pianist from the heart of the Mediterranean to the North of Europe.

Northern Migration has been a recurrent theme in Turrisi’s life and it's the source of inspiration for this solo project. Francesco's family migrated from an impoverished Sicily in the 1970's to the more industrially developed north of Italy in search of work and a better life. After growing up in the city of Turin, Turrisi himself then migrated north, at the age of 19, to study music at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in the Netherlands. After completing his studies in jazz and baroque music, he went further north towards Ireland, ultimately settling in Dublin.

Francesco’s music is layered with a multitude of different stylistic references, reflecting his myriad musical experiences and his life journey. Early baroque ostinato bass lines, evocative Mediterranean modal melodies, minimalistic grooves, renaissance counterpoint woven into a core of jazz improvisation all co-exist organically in Turrisi's music, creating a unique, and hard to define musical language.

Francesco will perform music from his new album at the Fumbally Stables, Dublin, in conjunction with IMC on Saturday 14th April, and at the Triskel Christchurch, Cork, on Saturday 26th May. 

Tickets €12 admission // €16.50 admission + CD // €18 to pay on the door + CD 

Doors at 8pm for 8.30pm start

This is a BYOB venue


Friday 6th April 2018 – Teatro Vittoria, Turin, Italy

Saturday 14th April 2018 - Fumbally Stables, Dublin, in conjunction with IMC

Saturday 26th May 2018 - Triskel Christchurch, Cork,

Thursday 7th June 2018 – Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, France

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Francesco Turrisi

Turrisi, a multi-instrumentalist, left his native Italy in 1997 to study jazz piano and early music at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, where he obtained a Bachelor and a Master’s degree. Since 2004 he has been collaborating with celebrated early music ensemble L’Arpeggiata. With l’Arpeggiata he has performed at the major early music festivals in Europe and around the world (Turkey, Russia, China) and has recorded for Virgin, Naive and Alpha. He regularly collaborates with Italian traditional singer Lucilla Galeazzi and with Irish ensembles Yurodny (balkan music/contemporary jazz), The Gregory Walkers (early music), Resound (contemporary music), eX ensemble (early music). Turrisi has also toured with New York avant-garde ensemble Bang on a Can.

Francesco is  the leader and founder of “The Taquín Experiments” an ensemble that pushes the boundaries of contemporary jazz, world music and early music. He has released four critically acclaimed albums as a leader and two as co-leader (Tarab and Zahr) on Diatribe records and on his own label Taquin records.

His latest album “Grigio” features Sean Nos singer Róisín El Safty, early music singer Clara Sanabras and percussion virtuoso Zohar Fresco. The album was described as “Lyrical, sensitively assembled and beautifully sung” by John Fordham in a review for The Guardian

His vast range of collaborations includes artists from jazz, world and early music such as:

Bobby McFerrin, Dave Liebman, Gianluigi Trovesi, Nils Landgren, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Barry Guy, Gabriele Mirabassi, Savina Yannatou, Maria Pia de Vito, Theodosii Spassov, Gavin Bryars, Bang on a Can, Misia, The King’s Singers, Veronique Gens, Philippe Jaroussky, Pepe el Habichuela, Lucilla Galeazzi, Bijan Chemirani.

Previous IMC Collaborative Performances

Francesco Turrisi featuring Róisín Elsafty

Savina Yannatou, Barry Guy & Francesco Turrisi

Whether he is providing rhythmic propulsion, introspective stirring flights, or meandering sleepy lines, one leaves knowing his playing and his musical charisma carries weight and originality.

– Totally Dublin
  • Francesco Turrisi featuring Róisín Elsafty
    , St. Audoen’s Church more info
  • STRUT at the Peacock
    , The Abbey Theatre more info
  • Savina Yannatou, Barry Guy & Francesco Turrisi
    , The Unitarian Church more info
  • Solo Piano Series: Francesco Turrisi
    , Hugh Lane Gallery more info