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Created and led by Tara Franks
For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s)
This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes.
Francesco Turrisi has been defined a “musical alchemist” and a “musical polyglot” by the press. He 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.
Grigio is a lithe, eclectic and unique selection of compositions drawing from musical sources as varied as 17th century Italian composers Merula, Strozzi and Landi, traditional Irish Sean-nós and Hebrew songs, a composition from John Zorn’s Masada songbook and original music by Turrisi.
The poised heart of this album is the piano – an instrument absent or highly unusual in these musical sources. The unifying element to such diverse material is Turrisi's command of his instrument, his light guiding hand as leader and the beautiful simplicity of the arrangements.
The pianist is accompanied by a quintet of Ireland's leading musicians with three very special guests: percussion virtuoso Zohar Fresco, Irish traditional singer Roisin El Safty and Catalan early music star Clara Sanabras.
The UK launch of the album presents Francesco Turrisi & Taquin Ensemble – set up by Francesco to be a flexible ensemble of guests with core members (in the manner of a classical ensemble, and as with L’Arpeggiata that Francesco is also involved in).
Nick Roth: sax
Kate Ellis: cello
Joao Lobo: drums
Ruth Goller: bass
Fulvio Sigurta: trumpet
Clara Sanabras: vocals
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