Aimed to

The course is mainly directed to any musician playing:

  • brass instruments (trumpet, trombone, flugelhorn, tuba, french horn etc.)
  • woodwind instruments (saxophone, clarinet, flute, oboe, bassoon etc.)
  • percussions.

It is definitely opened to:

  • any other kind of instrument that can be played open air, standing or moving (accordion, violin, guitar etc.)




The goal of this project is developing sensitivity for the Eastern European music through the social-musical experience of the brass band. Balkans’ and Close East cultures have an extremely intense story of traditional music languages that in the majority of cases, European musicians and people in general, don’t easily have chances to meet with.



The brass band is a musical ensemble format creating a strong consciousness of playing and interacting with “the others”, especially when it gets in touch with the simple truth of oral transmitted music. It has his origins in the “Mehter”, the musical bands of the Ottoman army and today it is wide spread everywhere on the globe. When the brass band is playing tight together, fun spreads from the inside to the outside, to the concert hall or the square.

In this course tutors will share with the students their experience with the Macedonina Gypsy brass bands and the knowledge of some secrets of Balkan music. He will:

  • Select an accessible and various repertoire of different styles from Balkans to Turkey.
  • Teach how to recognize styles and interpret the music.
  • Provide the skills on how to organize musical roles on the traditional brass band.
  • Talk about how to approach a world of different aesthetic on a healthy way.
  • Focus on technical elements as ornamentation and tuning in Eastern music.
  • Share the basic rudiments of Turkish modal “makam” system.



Federico Pascucci is an Italian born jazz saxophone player who has dedicated his personal research to traditional music.

He lived the jazz music experience through an intense activity of studies and concerts around Europe, based in the cities of Lisbon, Amsterdam and Rome, achieving diplomas from the Academy of Frosinone, Siena Jazz and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Now-a-days his artistic work embraces a detailed study of musical styles from Balkans and Asia Minor, that resulted in the Master thesis (at Conservatorium van Amsterdam) “The Saxophone in the Balkans – Roots and secrets of saxophone playing among Macedonian Roma”, collaborations with the Roma bands Kocani Orkestar and Sercuk Orkestar, the Agios Lavrentios Brass Band (Greece), and in the foundation of project as Errichetta Underground (Italy) and Tugoslavic Orkestar (Portugal). He organizes every year the Errichetta Festival in Rome, founded by the French Meyer Foundation and dedicated to traditional music.




Saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist from New Zealand. He performs jazz, improvised music, and contemporary classical music. He began playing clarinet at age nine before switching to what became his primary instrument, the alto saxophone, two years later. After several decades of traveling the world with music, both performing and teaching, this New Zealand saxophonist is passionate about sharing his experiences in sound with his students. During the workshop he uses songs from the spiritual and balkan traditions to internalize and realize the intonation and vibrational work he has studied in depth.

Since 12 years he has taught a summer course on the Pelion mountain in Greece focusing on the teaching of Pythagoras morphed into a village party band which has achieved legendary status in the village of Agios Lavrentios.

Hayden is a member of the quartet Root 70 with trombonist Nils Wogram and in 2018 Chisholm was finalist at the New Zealand Jazz Awards in the Recorded Music NZ Best Jazz Artist category.




• 11 April, 2018

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