Evocative piano instrumentals of Francesco Turrisi speaks language of pictures on second album 'Fotografia'
September 25, 2011 (Dublin, Ireland) Written by Robert Sutton. Each track on Italian pianist Francesco Turrisi's second album unreels like a frame from a film; it's no wonder he titled it Fotografia. Turrisi is a visionary composer, and his evocative music speaks the language of pictures. No words are needed with music that paints such vivid images in the mind.
The minimalist title track cut is among the most cinematic pieces on the record. Turrisi's slow, pretty piano conjures a portrait of a gentle rainfall. It's not difficult to find the poetry in tracks that seek visual interpretation; its meanings may vary but that is one of the qualities in music this rich in imagination. In "Luiza," Turrisi's silky smooth piano melodies are given weight by the deep, hypnotic throb of Claus Kaarsgaard's bass. "Lachrimae (For My Father)" features some of Turrisi's more inspired and haunting playing; it's a masterwork of mood and texture. "I wrote it a couple of years ago when my father lost sight in one eye," Turrisi explained. "I suppose the song has to do with the passing of time and the realizing that we are all becoming old and that our parents are not as invincible as we used to think."
Among the characteristics, and perhaps the most notable one, that distinguishes Fotografia from other piano instrumental releases is Turrisi's unique style, which isn't focused on establishing a foot-tapping groove. "Sound is the very first thing that I hear when I listen to a pianist, even before rhythm, melody, and harmony," Turrisi revealed. "Unfortunately, this is an aspect that is often neglected by many jazz pianists who are more interested in the percussive quality of the instrument."
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