Francesco Sultana

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Francesco Sultana is a Maltese musician hailing from the village of Rabat, Malta. Born in 1991, Francesco’s artistic journey began at a young age studying music and learning the clarinet with the local L'Isle Adam band club of which he formed part for seven years. Feeling uncomfortable in a situation where the artistic barriers of performance were set in boundaries, a journey of discovery of new music and musical instruments began in 2006.

This immersed Francesco in the ‘World Music and Jazz’ scene where he started learning and playing percussions in 2007 as informal jamming sessions with friends. He quickly became interested in various percussions and woodwinds from around the globe.

Since then, the artist started forming his own musical creations and discovering new sounds with his first public performance in 2009 with an original piece he composed and with a band he formed in the 6th form talent show.

After that, Francesco quickly began making contacts and started taking part in established local bands and artistic projects namely: Iskay (Peruvian fusion music) and various performances with local singer-songwriters in the yearly Earth Garden festival and the Għanja tal-Poplu competition(where he placed 3rd, 2nd and ‘best new talent’ prize together with the various groups).

Rather than just as a session musician with such groups, Francesco started aiming for more permanent commitments that would yield more fuel to creativity such as the Nisġa Project (fusion of arts – world fusion) and Plato’s Dream Machine that released their first album in 2014 breaking the boundaries pretty much felt within music in the Maltese language.

The latter two groups gave an opportunity to re-discover the clarinet that was forgotten from his childhood and also accentuating the potential of improvisation and challenging the boundaries of the ordinary-played clarinet. Aside from these projects, Francesco also participated as a session musician with other bands contributing to Malta’s contemporary music scene such as Mistura, Kantilena, Brodu and Brikkuni.

Till this day, Francesco is also artistically involved in learning Malta’s musical heritage crafts such as the crafting of local woodwind instruments such as the flejguta (fipple-flute) and żummara (reed-pipe) of which he also composed pieces with the named Nisġa Project above. He is currently involved in improving his crafting skills of these traditional Maltese woodwind instruments including the żaqq (traditional bagpipe).

In 2013 Francesco also started composing some original songs in Maltese as a hobby with the guitar.

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  • [1] Performing on the double cane whistle flute.