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Fancesca Romana

FRANCESCA ROMANA, acoustic music, folk-swing-bossa, original songs and tunes.

I am Italian singer-guitarist and songwriter who has been working in the musical field for more than ten years, teaching, performing and promoting musical events.
Mostly involved in folk music, Irish, Balkan and other traditions, I have been perfoming for years with different bands troughout Italy, France, Portugal and Ireland, when I decided to go back to my original compositions-songs and in 2009 I moved to London, to continue withjazz studies and promoting my original repertoire.

I played my songs in some of the best folk-music clubs in London (Cobden Club, Icarus Folk Club (3 times),Troubadour Club (5 times), Café de Paris, Spice of life, Troy Bar, Luna Lounge, Proud Galleries in Camden (6 times), Oliver's jazz bar, The Gallery Cafè (5 times), Jamboree venue ,Bar Music Hall, Bar Vinyl in Camden (3 times), harrison pub (2 times ..etc.) Spice of Life, and all over Italy.

My repertoire is composed of songs influenced by bossa nova rhythms,swing and folk-pop with large use of impro and some jazz arrangements.

I just recorded my second EP in London (Travelling), all original songs in english and italian, with a quintet of musicians: beyond me on vocal and guitar on the album: Nick Walters on Trumpet, Francesco Lo Castro steel andnylon string guitar, Gerry Hunt on steel string guitar, Jack Lowe double Bass, Carlos Fuentes drums, Fedrico Rios hand percussion. recorded and mixed in London, august-december 2011 by Mariano Nunez West.Cd launch inJanuary 2012, performing at Palazzo Santa Chiara theatre in Rome and Lanuvio public Library.

TESTIMONIALS:

PRESS:


"Registrato a Londra,l'album mette in risalto le spiccate doti e la capacità di questa cantautrice e musicista che con la sua chitarra e il sound, trascina dentro un fantastico"viaggio" fatto di eleganza,raffinatezza ed entusiasmo"(...)

"sound tra il jazz e il bossanova,dalla dolce voce di Francesca e da un album "Travelling" davvero interessante e ricco di idee...insomma una nota di freschezza che comincia a far cambiare l'umore.!" (Alone Music 31 marzo 2012)

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"A guitarist-songwriter-singer.
She writes songs in a folk-bossa style with large use of improvisation. Her sound is romantic and Italian with her smooth, sultry voice and guitar playing makes it whole a great experience. .".(Troubadour Club, London 5th October 2010)

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"Impassioned, sultry voiced Italian singer-guitarist-songwriter-composer, Francesca Romana " (...) "She recently recorded her second EP in London ‘TRAVELLING’, all original songs in English and Italian, with her trusted quintet of musicians.Amongst other standout cuts, check out the sepia, smoky, silky, sensuousness of ‘LeSoletudini’ (‘Loneliness’) (Street Life Radio, London 23rd march 2012)


RADIO LIVE MUSIC SHOWS:
since January 2012 I made four live shows on radios in Italy and UK, with live performances and interviews. also my new songs have been broadcasted on: RTS RADIO (FM Rome and surrounding area); STEET LIFE RADIOFM LONDON; RADIO ACTION (Palermo and Sicily); JAZZ AND BOSSA RADIO (Puerto Rico and streaming ww);CORAL RADIO (UK) ; XRP radio (UK); 40foothole studio ( New Jersey ); Radio1 (UK); radio Riviera ligure; radio Sanremo; Radio Veneto; Acoustic Spectrum, UK Radio, 1 Radio, UK Health Radio and Radio Bicester (through Acoustic Cafè Show by Brian Player); WRFL.FM radio free Lexington Kentucky; East London Radio (UK) ; brooklandsradio (UK); Etnica Radio "sotto Le stelle del Jazz" (Lucca-Italy) ;



cd-review from FOLKER! German magazine (february 2012)

► FRANCESCA ROMANA Travelling
Zweite EP der Italienerin, deren Titel
wörtlich zu nehmen ist, denn sie bereist
Europa zwischen den Schwerpunkten
Rom und London permanent. Das Singer/
Songwriter-Material mit apartem
Folkjazz-Einschlag kommt mit Texten
in Englisch und Italienisch daher. Es
dominieren Trompete und Romanas
ausdrucksstarke Stimme.


Francesca Romana – Travelling EP review - music_vein.wordpress.com (uk jazz magazine)

FEATURED

Think dusty old Wild West towns with a lively saloon bar and you’ll begin to understand the ‘spirito de butteri’ (spirit of the cowboy) evoked in this EP by Italian songstress, Francesca Romana.Entitled ‘Travelling‘ and written during her stay in London 2011, the EP features Francesca on main vocals and guitar backed by her canorous quintet; Nick Walters – trumpet, Francesco Lo Castro – guitar, Jack Lowe – double bass, Federico Rios – hand percussion and Carlos Fuentes on drums.
Galloping off with ‘A Blue Flower’ Francesca takes the listener on a musical journey through the outbacks, accompanied by Nick on trumpet to give the song a Spanish Mariachi feel which then continues on the track‘Off Site’. Reining the music in to a canter, Francesca’s voice becomes subtle and romantic with a hint of meloncholy as she sings ‘Le Solitudini’ and the brilliant‘You Got Me’.
Influenced by Bossa Nova rhythms, Swing and Folk-pop, Francesca’s fabulous and independently produced EP – which was written and arranged by herself – features songs sung in both English and Italian and is available for download from iTunes.


PODCAST-RECORDING FROM LIVE SHOW RADIO VENETO 23rd MAY 2013
https://archive.org/details/20130523FrancescaRomanaFabrisABluRadioVeneto
Radio Veneto:

Travelling è il titolo dell'ep di Francesca, sono 6 pezzi , in cui il folk è solo lievemente omaggiato, per dare libero sfogo ad un universo sonoro che vede il jazz come punto focale, ed una serie di diramazioni, tra bossa nova e cantautorato al femminile molto elegante, con dei tocchi studiati di grande classe, mai troppo corposi, ma delicatamente a volte invitanti. Si parte con “A blue flower", con i fiati che danno un quid per lo svolgimento del brano, con un occhio lievemente latinoamericano, un brano decisamente invitante grazie ad un trend che riesce subito a contagiarti; un buon singolo se i singoli possono ancora essere definiti tali. “K.” è più intimista, appena accennata, fatto da un sottile percorso swingato, con le spazzole che ne danno la giusta colorazione, un brano da club, classico trend jazzistico, in cui è protagonista una band d'eccezione, solo per citare alcuni nomi lo straordinario, un' icona dei chitarristi jazz, Francesco Lo Castro e l'altrettanto bravo Nick Walters alla tromba. “Off Site”, ecco qui c'e' la voglia di commistione di stili. Francesca, su una base relativamente bossa nova, sviluppa un discorso di sperimentazione, leggera ma presente, di invenzione di improvvisazione con questo divenire continuo dei diversi colori dati dagli strumenti senza una regola precisa, il tutto con il collante della sua voce che sorregge questi deliziosi spiriti sonori. “Le solitudini”, si respira l'aria della bossa nova, brano che fiancheggia il precedente, ma con una più concreta e precisa direzione latinoamericana, e qui l'intervento della tromba diviene essenziale, per dare sfogo poi al virtuosismo chitarristico. “You got me”, è essenzialmente un brano pop delicato mai troppo invadente, frutto di un refrain accattivante, e tutto sommato piacevole, una costruzione volutamente semplice abbellita sempre dalla tromba ed un finale volutamente ripetuto. “The fisherman”, chiude il disco. Un pezzo che ancora una volta scivola leggero, grazie ad una voluta impostazione di fondo, che privilegia ogni tanto i colori quasi della fusion, ma con un' interpretazione però di peso, che non fa da contraltare all'assieme anzi ne chiude perfettamente il cerchio. Poi Francesca ci proporrà altri 3 momenti che non sono presenti in Travelling, ma appartengono a Frammenti, creati per uno spettacolo di poesia e di teatro. “Autunno”, il primo brano, è intimista con l'ausilio della fisarmonica e del violino e di un basso potente e vibrante. Un pezzo molto interessante come costruzione sonora semplice, di grande intensità, decisamente cantautorale e sofferta, malinconica, con una impostazione quasi decadente. “Qualcosa”, è delicata avvolta nel gioco dei rintocchi jazzisti, una costruzione armonica ricca di saliscendi, dovuti essenzialmente alla voce, che si susseguono uno sopra l’altro, in un andirivieni di echi e sussurri molto particolare. “Sarò i tuoi occhi” è ancora un brano molto raffinato, assolutamente da club, molto notturno e qui Francesca continua ad essere parte integrante di un universo in cui le tematiche jazz hanno una parte fondamentale.


" new review on my album "travelling" september 2013
SEPTEMBER 2013

Travelling
Francesca Romana's Travelling EP was released in January 2012.
Ms. Romana is an Italian singer-songwriter guitarist and recorded this EP in London. My first thought upon hearing Travelling was, 'Heavens! Why haven't I heard this before?' My second thought was, 'What a sense of Déjà vu!' Not, of course, in the sense of this music having come from somewhere else. No, just a pleasant kind of déjà vu feeling, of being reminded of things long forgotten... (Asaf Sirkis' 'Shepherd's Stories Effect' - see my interview with Sirkis for an explanation.)
Then, on second listen, I thought again, 'Why haven't I heard this before?' Romana has a sultry, seductive voice that is ideally suited to her material, a delightful blend of bossa, folk and jazz with Italianate inflections, with the trumpet occasionally lending a pleasant kind of Tijuana flavour. The music is at once impassioned and cool, just the thing to chill out with. It is a pity this is an (albeit generous half hour) EP, I would have loved to hear a lot more, an hour-long album say. It's hard to get enough of Travelling and Ms. Romana. And yes, we ought to have heard much more of Ms. Romana and her wonderful music already, although she has already performed at some of London's better venues such as The Spice of Life, Oliver's Jazz Bar and others.
The title seems very apt, given the journeys from folk to bossa to jazz and back again, although there is considerable overlap.
The songs on Travelling, all originals, have Italian as well as English lyrics. The musicians accompanying Romana, all excellent, include outstanding, well-known guitarist Francesco Lo Castro - no stranger to either the London scene or this site - whose style is immediately identifiable, and outstanding trumpeter Nick Walters. The arrangements are generally jazzy, with good use of improvisation for good measure.
Totally consistent throughout, Travelling will seduce you and keep you completely spellbound. Once you play it, you may find, like me, that you cannot stop. A beautiful album that is just perfect for chilling with and as irresistible as it is impossible to tire of.
Francesca Romana's Travelling has very wide appeal, from the singer-songwriter to the bossa connoisseur, and the contemporary folk and even general 'world music' aficionado. A must hear, must have.

Rich Rainlore world press
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