* * * * * Ryan Francesconi [ R F ] * * * * *

2011-08-26 11:30:55 UTC

RF is the musical moniker of Ryan Francesconi [ b.1974 San Francisco ] a multi-instrumentalist, media artist, and programmer in California. In his music, Francesconi blends organic instrumentation [ voice, guitars, strings, horns, field recordings ] with subtle glitchwork, pop sensibilities and his own software.

The result is an intricate lattice where each sound, be it from a plucked string or a click of the mouse, is carefully and thoughtfully placed. RF’s 3rd release, " Views of Distant Towns " is now available on the Tokyo based Plop label. Upcoming 2006 releases include a new project with singer Lili De La Mora [ Sidecar, The Year Zero ] a new Toids release, and producing a RF remix compilation for Odd Shaped Case.

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"Parables is the debut album from Ryan Francesconi, a multi-instrumentalist, composer and conductor whose contributions to Joanna Newsom's Ys Street Band and arrangements on her recent album Have One On Me have brought him much acclaim. Parables was recorded live with no overdubs, using just acoustic guitar to channel Ryan's spirited vision of traditional Bulgarian folk, American bluegrass, Baroque lute music and jazz improvisation.

Well, this has to rank as one of the year's best solo instrumental records - Parables is quite unlike anything else to be heard within the dominant currents of solo acoustic guitar music, exhibiting a level of invention and musicianship that transcends the usual points of reference.

A member of Joanna Newsom's Ys Street Band and one of the arrangers who worked on her Have One On Me album, Ryan Francesconi has previously recorded electronic music under the RF moniker but this is his first release under his own name. Drawing on knowledge of baroque lute music, jazz improvisation and folk music from sources as far-removed as West Africa and Bulgaria, Francesconi has arrived at a sound that's all his own, with a wonderfully fluid technique to match (just take a listen to the awe-inspiring virtuosity of 'With Hands').

As Ms. Newsom herself puts it: "Ryan Francesconi is one of the most awe-inspiring musicians I've known. On Parables he distills his many realms of artistry - his unmistakable compositional voice, his mastery of Bulgarian folk technique and form, his comprehensive classical background, and his virtuoso incomparable, mind-melting guitar stylings - into a beautifully minimalist, poetic, intricate, emotionally realized study of themes, variations, organic counterpoint, and such devastating forays into fractal-metric out-lands that it is nearly impossible to believe he's picking with just one hand. This is solo music that sounds like an ensemble". [ HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ].

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Artist - Ryan Francesconi [ R F ] Album - Interno [ * * * * * ] Release Date - 2002 Genre - Instrumental, Ambient, Post-rock, Minimal [ EXQUISITE SOUND ] Tracklist 01 Idlelow 4:27 02 Sunday Park 7:06 03 Sunspot 6:22 04 Down 4:33 05 Difference 4:27 06 Internal Notes 1 4:03 07 Fluff 5:02 08 Americana 2:59 09 Internal Notes 4 2:10 10 Drizzle 5:12 11 Becoming 4:57 12 Internal Notes 3 6:02 13 Lavender 5:09 14 Internal Notes 1 5:04 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ryan Francesconi [ R F ] - Interno -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Ryan Francesconi [ R F ] Album - Falls [ * * * * * ] Release Date - 2004 Genre - Instrumental, Ambient, Post-rock, Minimal [ EXQUISITE SOUND ] Tracklist 01 Falls (1) 1:26 02 Falls (2) 4:32 03 Fifth 6:17 04 Mopmu 6:09 05 Only 4:55 06 Aid 4:22 07 Bis 4:48 08 Internal Notes 5 3:26 09 Triad 4:08 10 Imaginary 3:42 11 Internal Notes 6 (1) 2:39 12 Internal Notes 6 (2) 3:44 13 Winter 7:13 14 Spring 8:00 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ryan Francesconi [ R F ] - Falls -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Ryan Francesconi [ R F ] Album - Views of Distant Towns [ * * * * * ] Release Date - 2006 Genre - Instrumental, Ambient, Post-rock, Minimal [ EXQUISITE SOUND ] Tracklist 01 Ladder in Place 5:28 02 Offering 5:51 03 Despite the Time 4:21 04 Messenger With Keepsakes 5:49 05 The Well and Stars 4:39 06 A Very Lucky Year 5:54 07 The Flow of This Place 4:55 08 Of Detachment 3:25 09 Views of Distant Towns 6:28 10 On the Bus That I Had Chosen 4:06 11 A Vacant House Is Born 6:32 12 End of the Line 6:50 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ryan Francesconi [ R F ] - Views of Distant Towns -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Ryan Francesconi & Lili De La Mora Album - Eleven Continents [ * * * * * ] Release Date - 2007 Genre - Instrumental, Ambient, Post-rock, Minimal, Acoustic [ EXQUISITE SOUND ] Tracklist 01 Through the Trees 3:53 02 Fences 5:16 03 Miles and Miles 3:45 04 Kings 3:37 05 Hundreds of Threads 4:45 06 Cherry Park 3:35 07 Fascinated 3:20 08 Newt Crossing 4:05 09 11:11 2:07 10 Steep Ravine 3:47 11 Eleven Continents 3:41 12 Lifetime 2:26 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ryan Francesconi & Lili De La Mora - Eleven Continents -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Ryan Francesconi [ RF ] Album - Parables [ * * * * * ] Release Date - 2010 Genre - Instrumental, Ambient, Minimal, Acoustic, Solo [ EXQUISITE SOUND ] Tracklist 01. Parables (5:55) 02. Parallel Lights (5:23) 03. Deep Rivers Run Quiet (4:43) 04. Palios Karsilamas (2:03) 05. With Hands (3:42) 06. Elder Brother (4:00) 07. Pravo (3:30) 08. Lost Years (4:14) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ryan Francesconi [ RF ] - Parables -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Recommendations: Julia Kent | Zoë Keating | Hildur Guðnadóttir | Gurdjieff / Tsabropoulos | Peter Broderick -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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