Next Generation - Francesca Naibo



Francesca Naibo, Italian guitarist based in Milan, moves fluently across all the different conjugations of the guitar, from the classic, the electric, to the fretless and the pedal steel. Involved in the research for solo performance, she is focused on exploring sound in free improvisation and contemporary music. She’s particularly interested in using both the acoustic and the electric nature of her instrument, adventuring from roaring drones till microscopic vibrations.
She studied in Venice, Milan, Bern and Basel graduating in classical guitar and free improvisation. She realized the transcription of the “Exercises in Futility” by and in collaboration with Marc Ribot.
In 2020 her first solo album “Namatoulee” was released by Aut Records and it received enthusiastic reviews. It was included in the “Albums of the year” list by the program "Late Junction" on BBC Radio 3. It was defined “masterful” by Il Giornale della Musica and "a postcard from the beyond, past the boundaries most guitarists usually accept" by A Jazz Noise.
Last September a piece by Francesca Naibo was included in the prestigious “I never metaguitar 6”, a selection among the best contemporary guitarists curated by Elliott Sharp for Klanggalerie.
Her second solo album “So much time” was released last November by Ramble Records. It's a work about time that arrived after a long reflection on the past. It was created with digital recordings and the use of some old audiotapes with the artist's voice as a child. There is therefore a dialogue between three voices: the voice as a child, the voice as an adult and the guitar. They explore different type of time, weaving impossible connections and stratifications dense of memories. “So much time” was defined “überraschend, erstaunlich, mutig, exzellent” (Jazz Podium) and “a cerebral and radical work” (Rockerilla Italy).

(Text: Künstlerin, Agentur)