24 September 1974 (age 44)
Francesco Banchini (born 24 September 1974 in Pozzuoli, Campania, Italy) is an Italian folk musician. He had his first contact with music when he was six years old, studying and playing the clarinet with the Band of Pozzuoli. At the age of fourteen he started attending at the Conservatory of S. Pietro a Majella in Naples, where he graduated six years after with the highest grade.
Between 1989 and 1995 he had an intense live activity, and participates to various classic music contests, as a soloist, and with a clarinet trio he founded in that period. The musical research of Francesco stimulates the musical contamination and experimentation, trying to blend different musical styles starting from classical music, passing through the medieval one, arriving to ethnic music, and precisely the traditional music of the south of Italy, East Europe, and the Middle East. In 1997 the trio of clarinets under the pseudonym of Dicearchia produced a demo-tape and started playing live. The year after the group breaks up. In the same year Francesco starts playing in various musical therapy gatherings. This experience will be a source of inspiration to research new sounds and musical forms.
In 1999 he started collaborating with the group called Ataraxia, playing various instruments in their live concerts. In the same year Francesco and other friends create a musical group that tours and plays in the streets called “Mescla”. Between 1999 and 2000 Francesco is also the artist director of the Medieval Festival in Campania, held in Casaluce (a small town in the hinterland of Naples).
In the year 2000 his first solo album titled “Bellum Gnosticorum” was released by the French label Prikosnovenie. In 2001 a second album titled “Ialdabaoth” was released on the same label.
In 2002 a third album titled “Phlegraei” was published. There are various other collaborations: with the Japanese group Jack or Jive for the album “Soleil”; and for the album titled “Love Sessions” which includes the groups LYS (France), Louisa John-Krol (Australia), Daemonia Nymphe (Greece), Marlene/Voilaoz (France), Liz Van Dort / Faraway (Australia); with the group Morpheus (Spain); and with the violinist Lino Cannavacciuolo (Italy).
In 2003 Francesco has written the soundtrack for an independent American film titled “Honey” of Evan Cagle. He has also written the music for the group T. S. B. B. (USA). In the same year “Qumran”, the fourth album of Francesco was published.
In 2004 Francesco published new works: “Amore & tradimento” in April (a different style which mixes gipsy music with Greek melodies), “Croisades” in June (an album of medieval music), and "Love Sessions 2" in December.
In 2005 “Ciganko” was published on Alula Records; live collaboration with Marcello Colasurdo from (Real World) traditional music of the south of Italy.
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