Originally from Indonesia and now based in New York City, pianist Francesca Prihasti is jazz pianist/composer on the international jazz scene.
Prihasti graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2012 (BMus) and New York University in 2018 (MMus), during which time she studied privately with the likes of Judy Bailey and Mike Nock (AUS) as well as Kevin Hays, Alan Broadbent, Peter Bernstein, Drew Gress, Ari Hoenig and Alan Ferber (USA)
Prihasti has performed in Indonesia, Australia and the United States at various jazz venues and festivals such as Motion Blue Jakarta, Java Jazz Festival, Jazz goes to Campus, Jazzgroove Association, Venue 505, Colbourne Avenue, Manly Jazz Festival, Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival, The Sound Lounge, Provincetown Playhouse, Silvana, Shrine, Club Bonafide, and ShapeShifter Lab.
In 2017, Prihasti was selected as a promising artist to represent the New York University jazz department with performances and masterclasses in Costa Rica.
Prihasti has released two albums of original compositions to critical acclaim with prominent New York jazz musicians. Her first release, “Night Trip” in 2014 featured Marco Panascia (double bass) and Ulysses Owens Jr. (drums), followed by her second album, “Evolving” in 2015 featuring Rodney Green (drums) and Orlando Le Fleming (double bass).
Prihasti’s third album “Adriana” is set for release in early 2019 featuring Drew Gress (bass), Dave Pietro (alto and soprano sax), Alan Ferber (trombone), Michael Rodriguez (trumpet and flugelhorn).
“Prihasti's pastel-hued compositions are brought to more vivid life by the soloing” - Sydney Morning
Herald, John Shand -
“ Night Trip is a pleasant debut album, accomplished and tuneful, performed by a close-knit, inventive
group” -The Australian, John Mcbeath-
“Evolving is an album of romantic music that floats and drifts idyllically with light rhythms and melodious
concepts, following the composer’s narrative ideas. It’s expressively played, and the overall effect is one of
agreeable harmoniousness” - The Australian, John McBeath -
“Prihasti’s sprightly solo glides with imaginative melodic ideas” - The Australian, John McBeath
“Prihasti’s piano solos tend to explore the mid to upper registers of the piano and her delicately considered
improvisations feel as though they are gliding down the piano in a dancing line – like water droplets
dancing down a window – to a beautiful chord which hits with the rest of the band” - Cut Common Mag,
Sam Cottel -
“Prihasti’s compositions tend to be minimalistic in nature and unfold organically, making for some pleasant
and thought-provoking listening