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Whirligig (Click for more)

Whirligig is a project from Jiggery Pokery Productions which aims to showcase the best music currently on offer in the Irish music scene.

With an emphasis on classical, folk and crossover projects, the team aims to bring high quality material to a wide audience.

Combining live performance with indepth interview, and focusing on the skills involved in making music, this project hopes to appeal to all lovers of music.


Video by Saskia Vermeulen

Sound by Ben Rawlins

Presented and Produced by Laoise O'Brien

Francesco Turrisi

Laoise meets with musician, Francesco Turrisi to talk about his upcoming piano solo album, Northern Migrations



About Francesco

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.