Guest Playlist: Maria Chiara Argirò’

Maria Chiara Argirò'

We’re excited to share Italian pianist and composer Maria Chiara Argirò‘s guest playlist.

Having released her debut album, “The Fall Dance” towards the end of last year the likes of Creators, Jazzwise and LondonJazz News heralded her blend of contemporary jazz, folk and classical music.

On the nine-track project, she delves deep into the exploration of different genres and electronic sounds, creating a soundworld all her own and taking the listener on a journey through her musical world.

For her exclusive Twistedsoul playlist she shares a mix of tracks that she was to listening to while writing music the album as well as songs she’s obsessed with at the moment.

Without further ado, we hand over to Maria…


1- Ambrose Akinmusire – Response (Live).

Ambrose is an inspiring person and musician to me. I love the way he pushes the boundaries of his compositions, and there are always some really interesting and unexpected twists in the form. His band is so incredible; each member is so essential to the sound. He encouraged me to write more music after he heard to couple of tunes I wrote. Deeply inspiring artist and full of soul.

2 – Lee Konitz – Another Shade of Blue.

This song and album has been on loop for a long time. I am constantly surprised by the incredible interplay between Lee Konitz, Brad Meldhau and Charlie Haden each time I listen to this. It’s a real masterclass for the ears.

3 – Dmitri Shostakovitch – Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Opus 77 (III Passacaglia).

Shostakovitch’s compositions are pure beauty. Classical music is always present in my daily listenings.
This movement has been a real obsession for me for a long time. Some time ago I bought some old sheet music, particularly from French and Russian composers, trying to search for the “secrets” in between these tricky orchestrations.

4 – Tom Waits – I’m Still Here.

I’m getting into songwriting more and more. This tune is so simple and beautiful at the same time. It is like a pearl for me. Precious.

5 – Yoruba Andabo – Perdon

I love afro-Cuban music. The way this band reflects and “protects” the tradition of Rumba with ancestral chants is really enchanting.



6 – Fabian Almazan – Alcanza Suite I – Vida Absurda Y Bella

I saw this band live at the Winter Jazz Festival in NY a couple of years ago and it was an unforgettable event. I love the string arrangements and how the trio (piano, bass and drums) moves fluently around that. It’s powerful and deep music.

7 – Wayne Shorter – Go (Footprints Live)

One of the most unforgettable concerts I have been to was the Wayne Shorter Quartet. The way each musician listens to each others playing and how they stretch the music, pushing it to the extreme, is an absolute inspiration. Wayne Shorter’s compositions have always been some of my Jazz favourites.

8 – Kneedelus – Platforming

This band has been a recent discovery for me. It is the collaboration between Kneebody and Daedelus.
I’m really into electronic music and the way this album fuses contemporary jazz and electronics is really interesting. I love the sounds and the research of the effects they did. Very inspiring and fun!

9 – Knower – That’s Where You Are

Knower is an incredible band, I’ve been listening to them for years now. Apart from their funkier songs, I really love the more quiet ones from their older albums. Really creative and beautiful!

10 – Ali Farka Tourè & Toumani Diabate – Ruby

This tune is hypnotising. I’m also currently getting more and more interested in duo collaborations and how only two instruments can meet and explore encounters & interplay.



The Fall Dance is out now – buy here.




CF Smith

Write for Music Is My Sanctuary & Stereofox.

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