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 (MusicaJazz) 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 and Panama Jazz Festival 2022. With energetic drumming and intricate compositional choices, her music draws influence from different backgrounds: from Progressive Rock and Free Jazz, to Carnatic and Contemporary Classical Music.
In Steve Lehman’s words “Francesca has had an uncompromising vision as both a performer and a composer. Her recording “Il Labirinto Dei Topi” is one of the most exciting debut albums I’ve heard in recent memory.”
Francesca’s first album Il Labirinto Dei Topi was published in 2021 by Emme Record Label. She recorded it with her main project Archipélagos, which has been performing in festivals and venues all over Europe since 2019 (So What’s Next? Festival 2021, Bergamo Jazz Festival 2021, Ambria Jazz Festival 2021, Novara Jazz 2022, Sile Jazz 2022, Edinburgh Jazz and Blues 2022,…). It 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 Getxo Jazz Competition 2022.
Francesca’s second album The Human Web was released March 2022 by her record company Habitable Records. 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.” According to Francesca’s mentor and drums’ teacher Dan Weiss, “Francesca’s drumming, composing, and arranging for her new record The Human Web is stellar. Everything sounds so fresh to my ears. I’m really proud of her”.
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 on 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 and the Best Soloist Award at the Getxo Jazz Competition 2022.
Over the years, Francesca has also participated in many different masterclasses and artistic residencies, such as Umbria Jazz 2012, Siena Jazz 2018, and she was selected for the jazz residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity (Canada – Alberta) in August 2019, directed by Vijay Yier and Tyshawn Sorey. In June 2020, she was chosen for another artistic residency at “La Casa del Jazz” (Roma) organized by MIDJ association (Musicisti Italiani di Jazz), in collaboration with SIAE and “Una Striscia di Terra Feconda Jazz Festival”. Francesca was also recently selected to join 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.
Remigi has performed with different bands in many festivals and venues all over the world, such as L’Off Jazz 2022 (Montreal), Melbourne International Jazz Festival 2022, EFG London Jazz Festival 2020, DC Jazz Festival 2021, Vermont Jazz Festival 2021, Panama Jazz Festival 2021 and 2022, EFG London Jazz Festival 2020, So What’s Next? Festival 2021, Bergamo Jazz Festival 2021 e 2022, Ambria Jazz Festival 2021, Il Jazz Italiano per le Terre del Sisma 2021, the Brussels Jazz Weekend 2019, the JAZZMI 2019, Una Striscia di Terra Feconda Jazz Festival (RO) in 2020 and 2022,, Novara Jazz Festival 2022, Sile Jazz Festival 2022, Pisa Jazz Festival 2022, Firenze Jazz 2022, Hay Festival 2022 (UK), Edinburgh Jazz & Blues 2022, Bermeo Jazz 2022 (Spain), Empoli Jazz 2022, Nuoro Jazz 2022,… In January 2021, she performed with a band led by Kris Davis and John Patitucci for the Jazz Education Network (JEN Conference), and in November 2021 she did a gig with Val Jeanty Group at Vermont Jazz Festival 2021. 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 and in the UK.
In addition to her regular collaborations with American and European-based projects such as Patricia Perez’s Global Jazz Womxn, Livio Bartolo Variable Unit, Subconscious Trio, Nadav Lavie Quintet, Angela Varo Sextet, Holly Blue, Almoraima, Dragon Tree, Francesca is co-leader of GoGoDucks, Labile Borders, Hinds/Remigi Duo, 3 Electrodes in a Glass Tube, and F2 Remigi & Calcagno Duo. She also had the chance to perform/record with famous international artists such as Danilo Perez, Marion Hayden, Ellen Rowe, Sharel Cassity, Andreas Polyzogopoulos, Camila Nebbia, Patricia Perez, Pepa Niebla, Claire Parsons, Julian Costello, Jen Shyu, Steve Lehman, Joachim Florent, Bruno Chevillon, Kris Davis, John Patitucci, Federico Calcagno, Giorgio Albanese, Killick Hinds, Javier Subatin, Anais Drago, Francesco Fiorenzani, Samuel Gapp and many others.
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. She’s also one of the founders of the independent label “Habitable Records” and she’s currently working at The Jazz Gallery (NYC).