Francesco Calì

Musician

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Catania (Italy), December 19th 1966

 

Education:

- Classical Conservatory “V. Bellini” (Catania, Italy): graduated in Classical Piano - 1993

- Classical Conservatory “V. Bellini” (Catania, Italy): graduated in Classical Composition - 2001

 

 

Private studying:

- Masterclass at the International Music Institute, on the subject “Music for images” (Rome, 1999)

- Big Band arranging, with Ole Kock Hansen (Copenhagen, 2000)

- Orchestral arranging, with Gil Goldstein (New York, 2009)

• 2022:

- playing the musical "Kinky Boots" at Det Ny Teater (Copenhagen)

- concerts with guitar player Jacob Fischer

- concerts with the band Mais Uma

 

• 2021:

- playing the musical "Waitress" at Det Ny Teater (Copenhagen)

- playing the musical "Fiddler on the roof" at Det Ny Teater (Copenhagen)

- concerts with Clara Vuust

- concerts with guitar player Jacob Fischer

- concerts with the band Mais Uma

- concerts with the band Latino Bambino

• 2020:

- studio recording with Clarice Assad

- concerts with Clara Vuust

- playing the musical "Dance of the Vampires" at Det Ny Teater (Copenhagen)

- concerts with guitar player Jacob Fischer

• 2019:

- playing with his Italian band "Libertango 5tet" at the Fejø's festival

- concerts and recording of album with Lisbeth Diers

- playing the musical "Fiddler on the roof" at Det Ny Teater (Copenhagen)

- concerts with Clara Vuust

- concerts with guitar player Jacob Fischer

• 2018:

- release and concerts with Clara Vuust "Before You Walk Away"

- concerts with guitar player Jacob Fischer

- playing "Phantom of the opera" at Det Ny Teater (Copenhagen)

- recording, arranging and producing album with "Libertango Quintet"

 • 2017:

- arranging, recording and producing album "Before You Walk Away" for Clara Vuust

- concerts with guitar player Jacob Fischer

- concerts with Clarice Assad

- US tour with "A Prairie Home Companion"

- playing "Annie Get You Gun" at Det Ny Teater (Copenhagen)

2016:

- playing the musical "Billy Elliot" at Malmö Opera

- tour in Italy with Jesper Bodilsen's project "Scenografie"

- concert with Lisbeth Diers's project "Slægt", featuring the legendary Swedish choir conductor Gunnar Eriksson

- concerts with American bass player and singer Kristin Korb

- tour with the theatre pièce "Ankomsten", based on Shaun Tan's book called "The Arrival", with music for piano and accordion composed by Thomas Clausen

2015:

- arranging, recording and producing album "A Winter Tale" for Danish singer Clara Vuust

- concerts with Jesper Bodilsen's project Scenografie

- playing the musical "Billy Elliot" at Det Ny Teater (Copenhagen)

- playing the theatre pièce "Ankomsten", based on Shaun Tan's book called "The Arrival", with new music composed by Thomas Clausen for piano and accordion

- tour with Sondheim's musical "Putting it together" (Folketeatret production)

- playing with Carlo Muratori at Expo 2015 in Milano

- concerts with Lisbeth Diers's project "Muld"

2014:

- playing the theatre pièce "Antigone" with new music composed by Thomas Clausen (for piano, accordion and two voices)

- playing the musical "Evita" at Det Ny Teater (Copenhagen)

- playing the musical "Beauty and the Beast" at Det Ny Teater (Copenhagen)

2013:

- arranging, recording and producing album "Here's to Love" for Danish singer Clara Vuust

- playing the musical Miss Saigon at Malmö Opera

2012/2013:

- playing the musical "Evita" at Malmö Opera

2012:

- tour in Japan with Binocular (Makiko Hirabayashi and Flemming Agerskov)

2011:

- tour in China with the jazz singer Cathrine Legardh

- tour with Søren Kragh-Jacobsen

- tango tour with the Syddansk Universitets Symfoniorkester

2010:

- guest pianist for the Symphony Orchestra of the University

of Southern Denmark, at the final concert for the Annual Conductor’s Conference, held at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, in Copenhagen

- playing at Malmö Opera for a Tango play called “Tangoliv”, which toured in Sweden through 

- tour in China with the jazz singer Cathrine Legardh

- tour with Eddie Skoller

2009:

- tour in Austria with the Italian singer Carlo Muratori

2008:

- playing the musical "Chicago" at Det Ny Teater (Copenhagen)

2007:

- performing with the Danish Radio Underholdnings Orkestret (RUO), conducted by David Firman; together with Paolo Russo, pianist and bandoneonist, he developed a musical project inspired by tango, writing new compositions and new arrangements for this orchestra

2005:

- commissioned to compose a Human Rights Hymn by Institute for Human Rights.

The Hymn has been premiered on United Nations International Human Rights Day, at the Royal Theatre, in Copenhagen

2003:

- won the 3rd prize in the International Choir Composer's Competition "Waterworks" (www.hymnia.dk)

2001:

- invited to perform his compositions and arrangements in Lyon (France), where he gave several concerts conducting a small orchestra with musicians of the Classical Conservatory of Lyon

2000:

- won the international contest “Pépinières Européennes pour Jeunes Artistes”, obtaining a residency in Copenhagen (at Rhythmic Music Conservatory)

1999:

- masterclass at the International Music Institute, on the subject “Music for images” (Roma, Italy)

 

 

He is currently a member of the following bands:

 

• Libertango 5tet, a Sicilian based quintet for which he arranges and writes music

• Clara Vuust

• Jacob Fischer

• Mais Uma

• Latino Bambino