Francesca is a cellist and producer with an in-depth improvisation and collaborative practice. She is known for her specialism in Eastern European traditional music (specifically Klezmer and Roma) which she has been researching and performing for 15 years. Her improvisation practice stems from spending time with renowned improvisors in the US and UK—including Vijay Iyer, Okkyung Lee and Ashley Paul, Anthony Coleman, Tyshawn Sorey and Joe Morris. Francesca spent a year living in Boston to study at the the New England Conservatory in the Contemporary Improvisation programme, and was an artist in residence at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Canada. She has studied Cello under the guidance of innovative cellists Mike Block and Audrey Riley. Since graduating from Goldsmiths University of London with a Masters in Popular Music, she has explored working with live electronics, studio composition and writing music for film, documentaries and video games.
Francesca is one half of critically acclaimed duo project Fran & Flora, alongside violinist Flora Curzon—with whom she has recorded and performed extensively across the UK, Europe and North America. Their debut album, Unfurl (2019) was BBC Radio 3 Music Planet's 'Album Of The Year' and they appeared live on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour and Cerys Matthews 6Music show. Beyond Fran & Flora, Francesca has collaborated with groundbreaking and genre-defying UK and international artists, including Hejira, Imogen Heap, Talvin Singh, Frank London, Denai Moore, Riz Ahmed, Kenny Walleson, Tony Scherr, Brandon Ross and Portico Quartet.