Originally from Indonesia and now based in New York City, Francesca Prihasti is a 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 an artist to represent the New York University jazz department with performances and masterclasses in Costa Rica with the East Eleventh Collective
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” was recently released in February 2019 featuring Drew Gress (bass), Dave Pietro (alto and soprano sax), Alan Ferber (trombone), Michael Rodriguez (trumpet and flugelhorn).
“Francesca Prihasti paints a series of fantastic notions and tuneful tales on ‘Adriana’. The album, awash with colors both bright and complex….There’s much to appreciate in this music, including Prihasti’s gifts in juxtaposing myriad ideas against one another without losing clarity.” Dan Bilawski, All About Jazz
““Her gift for melody, which flows naturally throughout this appealing release, is like a healing balm” Paste Magazine, Bill Milkowsky
“Prihasti’s piano melodies are punctuated with precise and pungent lines. She has primed herself and her band to play under bigger lights” Downbeat Magazine, Denise Sullivan