The Rialto residency will focus on wind instruments coordinated by saxophonist Hayden Chisholm

The Rialto Residence, which is part of the Rialto World Music Festival, is continuing its activities this year. For the second consecutive year, Rialto Residency travels to the beautiful village of Lofou, in collaboration with the Community Council of Lofou.

Coordinated by saxophonist Hayden Chisholm from New Zealand, this year’s residency also collaborates with the organization Windcraft Loud and focuses on wind instruments. The aim of the residency is to explore the technical capacity of wind instruments and their potential orchestration schemes and their combinations within an ensemble. The residency will also focus on musical traditions in which wind instruments play a prominent role, such as Balkan and New Orleans music.

Hayden Chisholm is a New Zealand saxophonist and composer who has become a very unique and world-renowned performer and educator. After studying in Cologne with a scholarship from the DAAD, he continued his musical studies in Japan in India. In 1995 he developed a new microtonal system for saxophone which he called “split scales” which he revealed on his first solo CD “Circe”.

Since then his compositions have been recorded by BBC and WDR radio and he has toured and recorded extensively around the world. He created the music for several Rebecca Horn installations and composed music for her films. In 2008, he was assistant director of the Salzburger Festspiele. He has taught at universities around the world and gives annual master classes in Greece.

For 10 years he has organized the annual Plushmusic festival in Cologne and Bremen. In 2013, he released the 13 Box Set “13 Views of the Heart’s Cargo” and was awarded 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 box set of 13 CDs “Cusp of Oblivion” on the Moontower Foundation edition and made his first short film “Sisyphus Runs”. Since arriving in Belgrade in 2017, he has organized more than 50 concerts and launched the “Dortjol Festival”. Alongside his music, he is passionate about trail running.

Participating musicians @ Rialto Residency 2019: Elli Michael – saxophone, Christos Zenios – saxophone, Nicolas Georgiou – saxophone, Christos Loizides – trumpet, Yiannis Koudounas – trumpet, Stephen Walkley – trombone, Lefteris Lefkatis – percussion, Christopher Constantinou – percussion

The Rialto residency will take place in Lofou from July 28 to August 1. In order to present their collective work, the participants will give a concert on August 1 in Lofou and later on August 11 at the Windcraft Music Fest in the village of Katidata.

Concert: Thursday, August 1 @ Place Lofou, 8:30 p.m.

Free entry, Information: 77 77 77 45,

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