Francesco Turrisi

Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi talks about ostinato basslines, the similarities between language and musical improvisation, and how the basslines used in Radiohead and My Funny Valentine are a lot older than we think.


Useful links:

Spotify playlist for Francesco’s pieces 

Spotify playlist for main pieces 

Spotify playlist for final question pieces


More useful links:

Ostinato bassline 

Improvisation in music 

Bebop jazz 

The Early Music Movement in Classical music  

The harpsichord 

The organ 

Henry Purcell’s opera, Dido and Aeneas

The Villancico 

Video featuring Rhiannon Giddens talking about the history of the minstrel banjo


Francesco Turrisi


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Buy Francesco’s solo piano album:


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