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Japan Tour 2009: Kyoto – Live Spot RAG

Opening performance of the Japan Tour.  Live in Kyoto at Live Spot RAG Club, September 15, 2009.  Featuring: Yasushi Gonjo (bass), Eric Weigmann (drums).

The band enjoying a traditional okonomiyaki meal before the concert.

 

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Japan 2008: Osaka – Jazz On Top

Francesco’s first visit to Japan.  One night only performance in Osaka at Jazz On Top Club.  Featuring: Yasushi Gonjo (bass) and Larry Marshall (drums).  Special guest: Chiaki (vocals).
Live recording resulted in the release of the album “KURAMA / A Night In Japan”.

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Mexico 2006: Morelia Jazztival

In March 2006, Francesco returned to Morelia to perform at the third annual Morelia Jazztival with a talented sextet featuring Juan Alzate on tenor sax, cuban master percussionist (and Grammy Award winner) Roberto Vizcaino, Efren Capiz on drums, Ivan Lara on electic bass, and Flavio Meneses on electic guitars.  Playing to a sold out audience in the enclosed square of a former 17th century cloister, the latin jazz quintet performed mostly original compositions by Francesco, a blend of jazz, classical, afrocuban and South American influences with vibrant percussive and rhythmic elements.

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Mexico 2005: Morelia Reunion Concert

In November 2005, Francesco visited his old friend, saxophonist Juan Alzate, travelling to Morelia, Michoacan, in Mexico, to perform together in a reunion concert at the historic Teatro Ocampo after 22 years.  The band, a sextet, featured cuban master percussionist (and Grammy Award winner) Roberto Vizcaino, Efren Capiz on drums, Ivan Lara on electic bass, and Flavio Meneses on electic guitars.  Prior to the concert, Francesco conducted a master piano class at the Conservatorio De Las Rosas.