I'm excited to announce that I feel very lucky to have been awarded £10,000 from the Arts Council England from the new professional development fund 'Develop Your Creative Practice' (DYCP). I am extremely grateful to the ACE for making my application a success and giving me the opportunity to grow as an artist through periods of R & D, building new networks and creating new work. The DYCP fund will help me take my career to the next level, allowing me time and funds to begin making my first solo album, travel to North America and expand my networks and to be mentored in the UK by artists that inspire me.
First up, I intend to travel to Montreal for the Folk Alliance International Conference in February 2019, followed by some lessons in Boston with the legendary Mike Block (cello) and Anthony Coleman (improvisation), followed by some time in New York to explore the improv, jazz and Klezmer scenes...
More on this all soon. But for now THANKYOU ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND!!!
...accompanied by the best soup i've ever eaten, on a little solo day bike trip to the sea, to Katthammarsviks Rökeri, Gotland. Learned how to cycle with no hands too. FINALLY>>>.
Then the rain storm came. Then it went. And I saw both ends of the rainbow for the first time.
Sometimes. I just love/need/love/need to sit and think, by the sea, glass of wine in hand. Process Process Process :)
Thanks to all those who came along to my show art Poplar Union last week on a sultry summers evening. It was a beautiful night. Thanks Especially to Liz Exell for inviting me to be part of the Jazz Herstory series and to Ashley Paul, Simon Roth and Poppy Edwards for coming top play with me! xxx
Excited to be playing at Poplar Union, an awesome community space in the deep depths of Tower Hamlets next Thursday 16 Aug as part of the prolific series programmed by Liz Exell. I will be doing 2 sets. First a duo with experimentalist Poppy Edwards (Crom-Lus), and then a trio with two of my favourite musicians Ashely Paul & Simon Roth. COME AND JOIN US!
How to find Poplar Union...
Flora Curzon & I are blessed to have been picked by the BBC collective to perform at the BBC Introducing Stage at Latitude Festival. Very exciting news indeed. Fran & Flora will be on at 10:15pm on Saturday 14th July, and some of the set will be broadcast live the following week on Late Junction.
Thanks to Rachel Milward, Sam Lee and the Nest Collective for having us to play at this gorgeous evening! xx
Hi everyone... A lot of people have been asking me about learning different styles of music on the cello so i'm happy to announce i'm currently taking on private students who would like to explore creative cello playing, learn to play by ear, Klezmer, different folk traditions and improvisation. It will be fun and inspiring. I look forward to sharing many of the things I have learned during my travels and studies over the past 10 years. Please get in touch if you are interested and spread the word! Thanks, Francesca x
It looks like spring is finally here in a rainy/sunny kind of not that warm type way, and tonight I did what any self-respecting foodie on a low budget would do at this time of year...MAKE PESTO. It's Wild Garlic season and i had everything i needed in the flat. So here you go. Please find my recipes for Wild Garlic Pesto and Sun-dried Tomato Pesto below. Beware - these are vegan recipes. I don't even like Pecorino in pesto anyway, unless it's from Genova. That's a different story altogether!
Chuck it all in a high-sized plastic pot or a
Nutri-bullet and BLEND.
Season and adjust quantities to taste.
Eat with EVERYTHING!!!
Variations: you can use any nut or seeds really - sunflower or pumpkin seeds, almonds, cashews etc. Something not too strong and creamy :) OR add pecorino. the chilli is optional. you can also use carrot tops if they are fresh, instead of wild garlic.
Serving Suggestion: Obvs with pasta :). but what about roasted veggies or grilled big chunks of courgette, or as a dressing with a salad or fresh asparagus.
Mmm mmm mmm...
I'm excited to announce that the much awaited debut album by my duo Fran & Flora is almost completed!! It's been 3 years in the making and an epic and beautiful journey. However we cannot finish it without your support. So we have put together a nice video and an IndieGoGo Crowdfunder Campaign which we'd love you to check out.
Please follow this link to take a look - there are lots of interesting 'Perks' you can receive in exchange for your donations, and anything however large or small would go a long way towards helping us finish the Album.
I'm very excited to be working with the Goldsmiths [big] String in late-Feb/early-March, focusing on Eastern European string music, groove, melodies and improvisation. This is opennto all string players so please get in touch if you would like to take part...xx