Song and Wind

Hayden Chisholm (New Zeland / Serbia), James Wylie (New Zeland / Greece), Fausto Sierakowski (France / Italy / Greece)

27 August - 2 September

Duration: 30 hours
Working time: 10.00 – 14.00 & 18.00 – 20.00

Language: Greek, English

This workshop is open for all wind instruments although the focus is on Saxophone. By learning songs and playing together as an ensemble, the workshop focuses on all the areas of playing important for the wind player:  breath, posture, ear training, ensemble playing, intonation, improvisation, sound production, and general musicianship.  The repertoire ranges from traditional balkan music, Greek songs, jazz, and free improvisation.

Hayden has taught for ten years in the village and he brings with him a vast experience in guiding musicians of all levels. This year he also brings his new book "Ancient Knowledge for the Modern Saxophone" which is an in depth exploration of frequency and vibration. James Wylie, also from New Zealand, is quickly becoming an important musical personality in Greece where he now resides. Together they present a workshop in which all levels of wind players can develop and refine their wind playing as they learn beautiful songs in one of the most enchanting places in the world.  

Every evening, from the first day onwards, we will be putting a sound together with an image: Under the guidance of the director Konstantis Mizaras, we will be working together to produce short studies of audio-visual narration.

All these short studies are to be matched together as a vaudeville performance to be shown either as a whole or as a part of short repeated episodes spread around space and attended by the people while walking around the village.


hayden1-sHayden Chisholm

Hayden Chisholm is a New Zealand saxophonist and composer. After studying in Cologne with a DAAD scholarship he continued his music studies in Japan in India. In 1995 he developed a new microtonal system he termed "split scales" for saxophone which he revealed on his debut solo CD "Circe". Since then  his compositions have been recorded by BBC and WDR radios and he has toured and recorded extensively  worldwide. He has created music for several Rebecca Horn installations as well as composing scores for her films. In 2008 he was assistant director in the Salzburger Festspiele.  He has taught at Universities throughout the world and gives yearly master classes in Greece. He curates the annual Plushmusic festival in Cologne and Bremen. In 2013 he released the 13 Box Set "13 Views of the Heart's Cargo" and received the German SWR Jazz Prize. In 2015 he was "Improvisor in Residence" in Moers and opened the Moers Jazz Festival. In 2016 he released his second 13CD box "Cusp of Oblivion" on the Moontower Foundation Edition and directed his first short film "Sisyphus Runs".

james-sJames Wylie

Saxophonist, clarinetist and composer James Wylie (b.1986), currently based in Thessaloniki, Greece, grew up in Wellington, New Zealand and was introduced to music through classical repertoire at a young age. After experience with piano and violin he settled on the saxophone in his teens serving as his introduction to jazz and improvised music.

James studied at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington where he received his Bachelor of Music. During this time he was active both locally and internationally, performing in Australia, Greece, Italy, Poland, Austria, Germany, Canada, Sri Lanka and the US and was the recipient of prestigious awards such as grants from both the Aotea Performing Arts Trust and the Woolf Fisher Trust. The latter of these two awards allowed him to continue formal study at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA. He graduated in 2010 with a Masters of Music (Honours) in Jazz Performance. Whilst in Boston he studied privately with many renowned musicians, both in Boston and abroad, such as Hayden Chisholm, Frank Gratkowski, Anthony Coleman, Jerry Bergonzi, Allan Chase, Dominique Eade, John McNeil, Cecil McBee, Bill McHenry, Tony Malaby and Chris Cheek. In 2011, James reclocated to Berlin involving himself in a wide variety of musical activities and collaborations with dance and theater.

He has also performed or recorded with Anthony Coleman, Gunther Schuller, Hayden Chisholm, Max Andrzjewski, Thimios Atzakas, Antonis Anissegos, Michalis Siganidis, Elias Stemeseder, Sam Rivers, Wayne Shorter, Jonathan Crayford, Matthias Bauer, Jorrit Djikstra, Anna Webber, Bob Moses, Cecil McBee, Russ Garcia, Frank Carlberg and has created music for Boston-based, Company1.

His musical interests include the investigation of microtonality and its application to the saxophone. James is also involved in study of overtones and non-tempered intonation systems and developing an improvisational language for solo saxophone performance. Other areas of interest are the music of Greece, Armenia, Turkey, and the near east and continuing instrumental studies with Sokratis Sinopoulos on the Politiki Lyra (Klasik Kemençe).


Fausto Sierakowski
Fausto Sierakowski

Was born in 1988 in Paris and grew up in Rome, Italy.
In 2009 he graduated in classical saxophone from the Santa Cecilia Conservatory under the direction of Alfredo Santoloci and in 2012 he obtains a Masters Degree in Contemporary Improvisation from the New England Conservatory under the direction of Anthony Coleman, Hankus Netsky and Frank Carlberg.
While in the US and upon his return to Europe in 2014 he has performed and recorded with musicians such as Matt Moran, Anthony Coleman, Joe Morris, Matt Darriau, Satoshi Takeshi, Hayden Chisholm and Axel Dörner.
In 2016 he moves to Greece in order to study Ottoman Classical music and Oud with Evgenios Voulgaris.
Since then he performs with the ensembles of Evgenios Voulgaris, Thymios Atzakas and James Wylie and with several bands such as People of the Wind (with Alexandros Rizopoulos) and Rodakina (with Avgerini Gatsi, Maria Ploumi and Evi Kanellou).