Wednesday 7th June
1 Portabello Harbour, Dublin 8.
Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi guest curates the programme for the last chapter of Kaleidoscope’s 8th season, with gracious support from the Italian Cultural Institute. In an all-Italian programme, one of this country’s most widely renowned composers, Luciano Berio, features twice in the programme with two of his seminal Sequenzas, for solo voice (Michelle O Rourke) and solo flute (Lina Andonovska), the latter of which is also the focus of a short work by contemporary composer Salvatore Sciarrino. Three of Turrisi’s own ensembles appear on the night- the early music specialists and Kaleidoscope favourites, The Gregory Walkers, the Taquin trio, which performs live music to an Italian short film “Isole” and Zahr, in which Turrisi is joined by Italian folk musicians Francesco Loccisano, a specialist of the Chitarra Battente, a unique metal strung guitar from southern Italy, and Andrea Piccioni, virtuoso of all Mediterranean frame drums. An exceptional snapshot of Italian music not to be missed!
Isole performed live by Taquin
The Taquin trio, (Kate Ellis, cello & Nick Roth, saxophones) will perform a live score to the Italian short film “Isole” (Islands), which premiered at the Cannes festival in 2016. Filmed in the majestic beauty of the Italian islands of Ventotene and Santo Stefano, the film tells the story of loss and ancient tradition. Taquin is a trio project that explores original compositions and arrangements of traditional music. It features Italian multi instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi on keyboards, accordion and percussion, with extraordinary cellist Kate Ellis and virtuoso sax player Nick Roth. This exciting trio combines piano, cello and soprano saxophone to create a unique palette of sounds and textures working with a vast range of influences, from Mediterranean modal music to contemporary classical music, through minimalism and improvised music.
Canzona di ringraziamento by Sciarrino
Part of a collection of seminal works for solo flute. The opus explores extended techniques and the importance of silence within contemporary composition.
Sequenza III by Luciano Berio
In an all-Italian programme, one of this country’s most widely renowned composers, Luciano Berio, features twice in the programme with two of his seminal Sequenzas, for solo voice (Michelle O Rourke) and solo flute (Lina Andonovska).
Sí Bheag, Sí Mhór (Turlough O’Carolan- 1670-1738)
Early music specialists and Kaleidoscope favourites, The Gregory Walkers, comprising, alongside Turrisi, Laoise O Brien (recorders), Eamon Sweeney (baroque guitar), Malachy Robinson (violone) make a welcome return and their debut at Bello Bar. The Gregory Walkers brings together four of Ireland’s busiest musicians. Individually the group’s members perform classical, renaissance, baroque, contemporary, jazz, world, tango and rock music. In The Gregory Walkers they combine their diverse experiences and talents to present an exciting and refreshing approach to the performance of old music
Zahr is an ensemble created by pianist, accordionist, percussionist Francesco Turrisi and percussionist Andrea Piccioni. Focussing primarily on the influence that arabic music has had in many countries touched by the Mediterranean Sea, the ensemble tries to combine Italian traditional music, jazz improvisation, mediterranean music and early music. This performance features also Francesco Loccisano, a true virtuoso and innovator of the “chitarra battente” an ancient metal strung guitar traditional to southern italian regions
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 pianist and multi-instrumentalist has played with former Miles Davis reedsman Dave Liebman, flamenco icon Pepe El Habichuela, kaval player Theodosii Spassov and singer extraordinaire Maria Pia de Vito. He is equally at home playing with jazz veteran Gianluigi Trovesi as he is with Irish sean-nós singer Roisin El Safty and with tarantella specialist Lucilla Galeazzi. Turrisi has toured with Bobby McFerrin, interpreted the music of Steve Reich with Bang on a Can All Stars and, since 2004, has been a core member of celebrated early music ensemble L’ Arpeggiata. And at heart, he is a jazz improviser.
Turrisi, it’s safe to say, is a musical polyglot par excellence and it’s natural that he feels at home in multiple musical settings for his vocabulary is a colorful weave of early music, pan-Mediterranean modal melodies and European flavored jazz.
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.
“His ability to rework ancient melodies and rhythms through a contemporary jazz prism marks him out as one of the most striking voices to have emerged on the European jazz scene in the past decade”. Ian Patterson – All About Jazz