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We are happy to introduce the jazz part of our lineup. This year the Italian Fusion Festival presents Francesco Turrisi Trio.
The Francesco Turrisi Trio is Francesco Turrisi (Accordion), Julien Colarossi (Guitar) and Barry Donohue (Bass).
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.
Originally from Settefrati, Italy, guitarist and composer Julien Colarossi graduated with a first-class honours degree in jazz performance from Newpark Music Centre in Dublin, Ireland has established himself as one of the most exciting young guitarists to emerge in recent years on the Irish contemporary jazz scene. He is gaining a strong reputation not only as a performer but also as a composer and teacher. Julien is a highly versatile and what is known as a ‘dyed in the wool jazzer’ and brings a lyrical quality to his guitar playing from his roots deep in the mountains of beautiful “Val Di Comino” in Italy.
Barry Donohue is one of the most in-demand bassists on the Dublin scene, equally adept on the acoustic upright and electric guitar versions of his instrument.
Radio Dublino is pleased to announce their partnership with the Vespa Club of Ireland. During the Italian Fusion Festival there will be an exhibition of vintage Vespas outside the venue. The iconic Italian design motorcycle will welcome music lovers in an authentic Italian atmosphere!
The Vespa Club of Ireland can trace it’s routes back to the 1950s but by the 1980s it became non active, back in 2005 after a long and healthy discussion on “Scoot Eireann”, an online forum before social media, a group of enthusiasts from all over the country decided it was time to resurrect the club. The aim of the club is to promote and support the Vespa lifestyle and heritage in Ireland as well as being a vital resource when it comes to preserving and restoring old vehicles, to most enthusiasts the Vespa isn’t just a machine, it’s a social network.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/vespaclubofireland/
Special thanks to the vespisti Darren Fox, Noel McEvoy, Stephen Hempenstall, Frank Lynch, Jay Curleys, Derek Fitzpatrick and Ray Davis.
Some Vespas we can see at the Festival:
The Italian Fusion festival is becoming more and more exciting, not only for music lovers!
We are happy to introduce the acoustic metal part of our lineup. This year the Italian Fusion Festival presents the Headtrip Acoustic Project.
Headtrip Acoustic Project is a trio of two acoustic guitars mixing lap tapping and fingerstyle + one cajon and various percussive elements.
Headtrip Acoustic Project is Zar (Vocal and Guitar), Giovanni Agostini (Vocal and Guitar), Niccolò Matterazzo (Vocal and Percussions).
Radio Dublino and ENIT (Ente Nazionale Turismo Italiano – Italian State Tourist Board) joined forces for the 2nd edition of the Italian Fusion Festival.
Flavio Zappacosta, Head of ENIT London, commented on this partnership: “For ENIT, the Italian State Tourist Board, it is an honour and a duty to support the Italian Fusion Festival. The Italian folklore continuously merges with the Irish one and together with the organizers we want to become spokespersons of a vibrant, young Italy, a rich land that has given birth to artists appreciated all over the world. “
Maurizio Pittau, founder of Radio Dublino and Director of the Italian Fusion Festival, added: “Radio Dublin is thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with ENIT. Our organisations have more than one point in common since both are committed to making the Irish public aware of the complexity and diversity of Italian culture and to ensure that it is merged with the Irish one to create new and unexpected results.”
ENIT is the National Tourism Agency responsible for the overseas promotion of tourism in Italy and the name sponsor of Italian Fusion Festival 2018.
We’re offering 4 vouchers to the value of 65 euro each. Each voucher is valid for one year for one person to attend one cookery class at Pinocchio Cookery School, 1 Pudding Row, Essex Street West, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Chef Giuseppe Crupi regular on Ireland AM holds the classes.
The lesson includes: welcome with “bruschetta crash course”, hands-on cooking session with lunch, use of apron & recipe book. Duration time: 2h30
Anyone who bought online a Standard Ticket or a Standard + Workshop ticket for the festival will be in with the chance to win, so get your tickets now!
We are happy to introduce the Italian folk part of our lineup. This year the Italian Fusion Festival presents Andrea Facco.
Andrea Facco is singer-songwriter from Genoa, Italy. At the age of nine, he began to cultivate his passion for music by taking the first guitar lessons with Giorgio Falco. Search artistically grows with the teachings of Katzumi Nagaoka, Armando Corsi and Gianni Martini. Thanks to which thirteen years he began to compose his own songs (music and lyrics). Parallel to the guitar he engages in the self-taught study of ethnic and ancient instruments. Among them: the Oud, the Lute and the Bouzouki, which became his favorite instrument.
We are happy to introduce the surf rock part of our lineup. This year the Italian Fusion Festival presents the Pointbreak!
Pointbreak was conceived somewhere in the strange corridors of Stefano’s brain in Dublin, in the autumn of 2014. A brand new Surf Rock group paddled out into the world and took the drop.
Now, the questions are: Why Surf Rock? And what the hell is this sound?
Surf Rock is basically instrumental Rock’n’Roll – electric guitars drenched in reverb, cranked through valve amps, with a distinctive beat that has gotten people moving since the 50’s. Think Dick Dale, The Ventures and Link Wray. You know it, you just might not know that you know it. The focal instrument really is guitar, and that’s where the inimitable Stefano comes in. Once Gavan came on board on drums, things began moving. Adding Pablo on sax and theremin and Mark on bass, and Pointbreak really started cooking.
After the band was formed, the first gig came a few months later at the Dublin Rock’n‘Roll Festival. People seemed to enjoy that twanging sound, reminiscent of Tarantino and Sergio Leone’s movies. This was only another confirmation that playing surf rock was actually a brilliant idea.
After that, the band was eager to play that music for as much people as possible and they did. Fibber Magees became their second home and they’ve headlined at Whelan’s, Sin É, Gypsy Rose, Sweeney’s. How can you resist THE beat after all?!
It didn’t take long until Pointbreak started writing their own songs and re-arranging some famous tunes as their own. All this material has shaped out as an EP, “Get Wet!”, already available on all major platforms.
What about Pointbreak shows? Their live show is a raucous blend of soaking wet, twangy Fender guitars, screaming sax and a pulsating rhythm on the drums that will have everybody up and dancing. The setlist is a mix of classic surf rock tunes from the ‘60s (Walk don’t run, Surf Rider, Miserlou, Mr Moto, Wipe Out), more contemporary surf tunes (music from Jon & The Nightrider, Satan’s Pilgrim), original tunes and a bit of nonsense (Theme from The Munsters TV Show, Tetris, Superhero meadley and so on). One thing is definite: you’ll never get bored watching these guys playing live!
Pointebreak are Stefano Vita – Guitar, Gavan Duffy – Drums, Mark Corry – Bass, Pablo Caderno – Sax & Theremin
We are happy to announce the final list of videos of teh Short-Video Competition that will be shown during the festival.
- A Christmas to Remember by Maria Fiorentini
- First Day by Alexandre Vetter
- My Red Hot Car by Max Boccalari
- Ellie by Tim Laubscher