Classically trained from an early age and with a discography spanning from harrowing contemporary classical to punishing sound design, over the past decade Italo-Canadian composer and producer Francesco Leali – previously known as one half of CW/A – has been summoned to work with singer-songwriter Fink, celebrated pianists Ludovico Einaudi and Gloria Campaner, collaborating with power electronics innovator Puce Mary, mutant-electronica honcho Heith and releasing on labels as diverse as Decca Classics and R&S.
Leali has furthermore been trusted with composing and producing scores for the ‘Nanuq’ documentary, director Marco Ferrari’s investigative docufilm ‘Never Whistle Alone’, Vittorio Bonaffini’s short ‘Farewell’, installations for Fondazione Prada, Triennale Milano and having his work featured at Cannes Lions Festival, Colorado Environmental Film Festival, Oniros Film Awards New York, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival and Visions du Réel. Over the years Francesco has also been prolific in composition and sound design for visual media providing numerous brands in the fashion and automotive industries with distinct audible personas, some of which include Armani, Audi, BMW, Gucci, L’Oréal, Loro Piana, Mini Cooper, Nike, Pirelli and Ray Ban.
Parallel to his production work he toured extensively between 2010 and 2016 performing in clubs, festivals and concert halls such as Berghain (Berlin), Fabric (London), Trouw (Amsterdam), Sònar Festival (Barcelona), Club to Club (Turin), DGTL Festival (Amsterdam), Movement Festival (Detroit) and Auditorium San Fedele (Milan).
After co-founding and co-running Parachute Records putting out music by avant sound designer Roly Porter and Godflesh, Napalm Death affiliate Justin Broadrick he decides to shift part of his attention to his latest endeavour – Until Riots. A multidisciplinary publishing platform with a focus on electroacoustic and modern classical studies in sound.
In late 2019 he releases his solo debut titled ‘Undergoddess’ featuring cellist Alessandro Branca. A timid, yet intimidating effort that trials versatility in a meditated exercise of imperfection and bliss, favouring intimate tangibility on what translates into a highly personal record.