New Release from Piers Faccini; Touring Early 2017
“Piers Faccini’s music is rooted in English folk, American blues, traditional West African music and taranta from southern Italy. Perhaps, though, “rooted” is the wrong word, since his whisper of a voice floats above his guitar and gentle polyrhythmic percussion to create an environment that’s captivating, quietly insistent and delicate but not fragile.” – Jim Fusilli, Wall St Journal
Singer-songwriter Piers Faccini recently released his latest album ‘I Dreamed an Island’ via Six Degrees Records and announced several concert dates in North America for early 2017, including WJF (Winter Jazz Fest) in New York in January and Washington DC’s Sixth & I Synagogue venue on January 14th. Piers' last album was among NPR's TOP 10 World Music albums.
Piers Faccini in Concert
January 14, 2017
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
Faccini’s latest compositions depict the unique moment of creative cohabitation between peoples and faiths. Inspired by traditions centuries old — but firmly 21st century in its blending of languages, narratives and instrumental arrangements — electric guitars converse across time with a Baroque viola d’amore, while an oud answers a medieval psaltery and a Moroccan guembri pulses trance-like to the drums.
Growing up in a trilingual family (English, Italian, French), I Dreamed An Island mirrors Faccini’s own background. The songs resonate with the voices of his migrant ancestors – and his island is a Mediterranean multilingual refuge, where orange groves, horseshoe arches, gold leaf, lapis lazuli and stories abound. Upon listening to the 10 original pieces on I Dreamed An Island, a sense of nostalgia lingers for Faccini’s dreamed up utopia; an island that today seems more remote and more necessary than ever before.
Alongside Faccini, who plays a number of string instruments including a customized guitar with additional mini-frets to play quarter tones, I Dreamed An Island features a cast of multinational musicians including: Italian drummer/percussionist Simone Prattico; Tunisian violinist Jasser Haj Youssef; American double bassist Chris Wood (Medeski Martin & Wood); Franco-Iranian percussionist and saz player Bijan Chemirani; Cameroonian bassist Hilaire Penda; Italian Baroque guitarist Luca Tarantino; American psaltery player Bill Cooley; French world music pioneer and guembri player Loy Ehrlich (Toure Kunda, Alain Peters); and the English bassist Pat Donaldson (Fotheringay, Sandy Denny).
More info on Piers’ France Rocks Page
By Gabrielle Amar-Ouimet
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