NYC-based musician, Francesca Remigi is a multifaceted drummer, an inquisitive improviser and a visionary composer from Bergamo, Italy. Nuova Generazione Jazz 2021 and Top Jazz 2022 (Musica Jazz) winner Francesca Remigi is known for her international collaborations in the avant-garde and free improv jazz scene featuring musicians such as Steve Lehman, Danilo Perez, George Garzone, Joachim Florent, Kris Davis, Val Jeanty, Nicole Glover, Immanuel Wilkins, Marion Hayden, Ellen Rowe, Sharel Cassity, Patricia Perez, Bruno Chevillon, and many others, with appearances at L’Off Jazz 2022, Melbourne International Jazz Festival 2022, EFG London Jazz Festival 2020, DC Jazz Festival 2021, Vermont Jazz Festival 2021, Umbria Jazz Festival 2022 and Panama Jazz Festival 2022.
Francesca has led bands performing in festivals and venues all over the world (So What’s Next? Festival 2021, Bergamo Jazz 2021, Ambria Jazz 2021, Novara Jazz 2022, Sile Jazz 2022, Pisa Jazz 2022, Edinburgh Jazz & Blues 2022,…).
Particularly, her project Archipélagos has won several jazz competitions such as Barga Jazz Contest 2021 and All You Have to do is Play 2019, and it was also one of the finalists of the Maastricht Jazz Awards 2020 and of the Gexto Jazz Competition 2022. Archipélagos’ first album Il Labirinto Dei Topi was published in 2021, “one of the most exciting debut albums I’ve heard in recent memory” according to Steve Lehman. Francesca’s second album The Human Web was released March 2022. In Linda May Han Oh’s words, “Francesca is a bold and vibrant musical force.The Human Web’s compositions are edgy, thoughtful, and played with a compelling fervor that insists that you come along for the ride. A ride that I can guarantee is well worth it.”
Besides these 2 releases as a leader, Francesca published three other albums as a co-leader (Confini Labili by Subatin-Calcagno-Remigi, Water Shapes by Subconscious Trio and Empowered Kind by Hinds-Remigi Duo). She also appears in Start From Scratch by Livio Bartolo, Dança del Aire by Angela Varo Moreno, and Hear me Speak by Naomi Nakanishi.
In January 2022, the prestigious Italian jazz magazine Musica Jazz awarded Francesca with 2 Top Jazz nominations: she won the first prize together with violinist Anais Drago as “best new talent 2021”, and Archipélagos got the second prize as “best Italian project of the year”. Francesca is also the winner of Nuova Generazione Jazz 2021, a project funded by Italia Jazz and MIDJ associations in order to promote the new Italian jazz generation internationally. Francesca also won the SIAE Award 2022, the Best Soloist Award at the Getxo Jazz Competition 2022, and she’s a finalist of New Music USA’s Next Jazz Legacy Award 2023.
Berklee Global Jazz Institute alumna Francesca Remigi is one of the founders of the independent label “Habitable Records” and she’s also production manager assistant at The Jazz Gallery in NYC. Francesca participated in many different mentorship programs and artistic residencies, such as UmbriaJazz 2012, Siena Jazz 2018, Banff Jazz Residency 2019 directed by Vijay Yier and Tyshawn Sorey, La Casa del Jazz Artistic Residency 2020, organized by MIDJ association, the “Mutual Mentorship for Musicians” (M3) program, run by vocalists Jen Shyu and Sara Serpa and the Medinea Session in Nuoro, under the artistic direction of Belgian saxophonist Fabrizio Cassol. She’s also a Distinguished Fellow of the Hambidge Center for Arts and Sciences, and a Loghaven Fellow.
In terms of performance highlights, Francesca played with a band led by Kris Davis and John Patitucci for the Jazz Education Network 2021 and in November 2021 she did a gig with Val Jeanty Group at Vermont Jazz Festival. In March 2022, she subbed for Allison Miller in the Ellen Rowe Quartet for a series of concerts at the JazzArts Charlotte (NC). In May 2022 she toured in Europe with the Danilo Perez Quartet, presenting Perez’s new album Crisálida in Italy (Paradiso Jazz Festival 2022) and in the UK (Hay Festival 2022).
Raised in a musical family, at the age of 5 Francesca decided to follow her parents’ footsteps and began to study guitar and drums, developing a deep interest for rhythms and composition. After studying classical piano for 5 years while attending a private drum academy, Francesca earned a Bachelor’s degree in jazz drumming performance from Conservatorio G.Verdi of Milano in 2017, and was selected for a 1 year Erasmus Program in the Netherlands. In 2020, as soon as she graduated from a Master in jazz performance at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussels, under the guidance of the Belgian drummer Stéphane Galland, Francesca was awarded with a full scholarship to attend the Berklee Global Jazz Institute Master Program, directed by Grammy Award winning jazz pianist Danilo Pérez. Berklee Global Jazz Institute and Berklee Jazz & Gender Justice Institute alumna Francesca Remigi had the chance to study with visionary artists such as Linda May Oh, Billy Kilson, Kris Davis, Joe Lovano, John Patitucci, Terri Lyne Carrington, Shirazette Tinnin, Tamar Diesendruck,…
Francesca is currently active as an educator: she gave masterclasses about Indian Carnatic music for the Panama Jazz Festival 2021 and 2022, she’s active as an educator for the Fundación Danilo Pérez (Panama) and she has been teaching drum for the École Kalleïs in Brussels for one year.