«Song and Wind»

Wind Ensemble Workshop

Tutors: James Wylie (saxophone), Fausto Sierakowski (saxophone)


19 - 25 August




Duration: 33 Hours
Timeline: 10.00 – 14.00 (seminar’s team)
17.00 – 19.30 (collective sessions, rehearsals)
Language: Greek, English

With every changing interval we create a new microcosm of sound and vibration effectively changing our inner state and perception. Combining these intervals we create a chain of meaning, or melody. As rhythm interacts with melody, the intervals take on another character and enter our bodies and become dance.

How can we form a deeper understanding of melody? How can we internalise them? How can we use the meaning present in intervallic structures to create melody?

These questions will be addressed through an preliminary examination of intervals and the nature of sound and later through learning and internalising pre-existing melodies and looking at how they interact with rhythm. The focus will be mostly on modal structures and traditions specifically those of Turkey, Iran, Greece and the wider Balkan region. Classes will be conducted mostly by listening and playing together with minimal use of musical notation. 

Workshop open to all wind instruments.









James Wylie
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Multi instrumentalist 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 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 theatre.

He has also performed or recorded with Gunther Schuller, Sokratis Sinopoulos, Harris Lambrakis, Giannis Aggelakas, Hayden Chisholm, Max Andrzjewski, Thimios Atzakas, Antonis Anissegos, Michalis Siganidis, Elias Stemeseder, Sam Rivers, Wayne Shorter, Jonathan Crayford, Kostas Anastasiadis, Bob Moses, Cecil McBee 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, Iran, Armenia, Turkey, and the near east and continuing instrumental studies with Pouya Koshravesh on the Iranian kamancheh.

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).