Luca Ciarla, violin
Francesco Turrisi, accordion
Andrea Piccioni, percussion
Contemporary interpretations of Italian folk music
Violinist Luca Ciarla, accordionist Francesco Turrisi and percussionist Andrea Piccioni have given birth to - Etnopolis - where the musicians guide the audience into a new sonic dimension in which the sounds and the flavours of the Italian folk tradition are revisited with a modern and pan Mediterranean approach.
Presented in association with the Italian Institute of Culture, Dublin
Luca Ciarla is simply one of the most creative and surprising violinists nowadays. His music easily transcends the boundaries among genres to trace an innovative musical path, a magical acoustic seduction in perfect balance between written compositions and improvisation, traditional and contemporary sounds. He has successfully performed in jazz, classical and world music festivals and concert series in more than thirty countries and on every continent; from the Montreal Jazz Festival to the Melbourne Jazz Festival, from the National Arts Festival in South Africa to the Java Jazz Festival in Indonesia, from the Esplanade in Singapore to the Italian Cultural Institute in New York, from the Al Bustan Festival in Lebanon to the Adriatico Mediterraneo Festival in Italy. A native of Termoli, Italy, Luca began playing violin and piano at the age of eight. By twelve he was studying at the conservatory and few years later began exploring also jazz and improvisation, inspired by artists such as Keith Jarrett, Egberto Gismonti and the Turtle Island Quartet. He received the “Diploma di Violino” in 1993 and then studied at the Fiesole School of Music and the European Union Music School of Saluzzo. In 1996 Luca moved to the United States to pursue a master’s at the Indiana University and to study jazz with David Baker. Subsequently he completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Arizona where he has taught violin and improvisation for several years. Winner of several competitions in Italy and abroad, in 1999 he has been awarded by New York-based Chamber Music America. Luca Ciarla has recorded with several labels (Egea, Alfamusic, Felmay, Camjazz, Incipit, Violipiano) working with classical, jazz, folk and even rock musicians such as Greg Cohen, Daniele Sepe, Joshua Bell, Edgar Mayer, Daniele Scannapieco, Danilo Rea, Sylvain Gagnon, Anthony Fernandes, Andrea Piccioni, Simone Zanchini, Lello Pareti, Marco Siniscalco, Marina Rei, Blaine Whittaker, Mimmo Locasciulli, Luciano Biondini, Fabrizio Bosso, Sergio Cammariere, Rodolfo Maltese, Paola Turci, Waleed Abdulhamid, Luigi Tessarollo, Ferruccio Spinetti, Meklit Hadero and many more.
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. Francesco is also the leader and founder of many successful Irish and International groups that experiment pushing the boundaries of contemporary jazz, world music and early music, such as Sarabanda, Tarab, T.R.E., Gato Azul, Zahr, Morisca. He has released two piano trio albums, “Si dolce e' il Tormento” (“an arresting and consistently beautiful work”,All about Jazz), and “Fotografia” (“lyricism of aching beauty lies embedded throughout Fotografia”All about jazz). He is also the founder of Tarab (a band that experiments with Irish traditional and mediterranean music). Tarab's first cd was released in 2011 on Francesco's label (Taquin records) and the Irish Times commented “Not perhaps since Andy Irvine’s celebrated East Wind in 1992 has there been such a convincing reorientation of the Irish tradition.” Upcoming projects include the release of a cd with Italian trumpet player Fulvio Sigurta', recordings with Sean Nos singer Roisin El Safty, and and a collaboration with Barry Guy and Maya Homburger. His vast range of collaborations includes artists from jazz, world and early music such as: Dave Liebman, Gianluigi Trovesi, Nils Landgren, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Gabriele Mirabassi, Savina Yannatou, Maria Pia de Vito, Theodosii Spassov, The King’s Singers, Veronique Gens, Philippe Jaroussky, Pepe el Habichuela, Lucilla Galeazzi, Bijan Chemirani.
Considered one of the greatest exponents of the art of frame drumming, Andrea Piccioni has developed an extraordinary capacity to move through various musical genres and styles, re-ellaborating the language of the Tamburello and various frame drums in a truly personal manner, both virtuosic and expressive. Andrea holds regular workshops and masterclasses at prestigious festivals worldwide, including: Nafda (USA), Big Bang Festival (Dublin, Ireland), Internationales Percussionfestival Freistadt (Freistadt, Austria), Tamburi Iran (Isfahan, Iran), Percpan 2009 (Brasile), WOMAD Abu Dhabi (Emirates Arabs), WOMAD Charlton Park (UK), ROYAL ALBERT HALL (London, UK), FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE PERCUSSIO' (Barcelona, SP) and is a resident teacher at TAMBURI MUNDI (Freiburg, Germany). Andrea is the founder of the FRAME DRUMS ITALIA association, and has been his President for 4 Years, actually is the artistic director of their annual festival (FRAMEDRUMSITALIA international festival of frame drums art and culture).