Free Cosmic Breath to be inhaled in Florence

A week of free on-line masterclasses and on-line events is being hosted in Florence later this month — with the chance to inhale the musical air with the likes of Joseph Alessi, Allen Vizzutti, Sarah Willis and Roger Bobo...

  The on-line festival features some of the world's finest brass players giving free masterclasses

A virtual 'Cosmic breath' of safe Coronavirus musical air will be blown on-line in Italy next week, as world class performers from all over the globe take part in the 21st international Italian Brass Week festival based in Florence.

The free on-line event from July 19th to 26th will be based at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. It will be led by Maestro Luca Benucci, artistic director of the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and Professor of Music at the Fiesole School of Music and of the Conservatory of Music 'C. Monteverdi 'of Bolzano.


The Zoom platform will be used for masterclasses and concerts in addition to the festival's social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

The international event links Florence with partners from around the world — from Argentina to Venezuela, including the Fundamusical Simón Bolívar and the International Women's Brass Conference, to the Spanish Association of Tubas and Euphoniums, and the International Trombone Association.

World class stars

Spokesperson, Tomimo Mangino told 4BR: "90 world class stars will open their homes to let out that vital 'Cosmic Breath' that will reach people all over the globe with the blessing of our president, Zubin Mehta."

4BR was informed that given the current crisis, the ethos of the festival is very appropriate this year — 'A Cosmic Breath', celebrating all that is wonderful about the element of air.

Tomimo added: "We want to show the goodness of the element that enables us all to survive — the invisible energy that we breathe, the vital breath, the cosmic breath, the universal soul. It is the element synonymous with fantasy, imagination, spirituality. Our Festival will take place, because the air is vibrant."

Free masterclasses

The week will be packed with free masterclasses to anyone who wishes to enjoy them. All you will need is a good connection and a smartphone, iPhone, iPad, PC, etc.

Each day will feature 8 teachers, orchestra professors and international soloists in time frames of 8.30am-12.30pm and 3.30pm-6.30pm (Italian time) — who will give their free lessons.

Trumpet players can enjoy a free masterclass from the likes of Allen Vizzutti, Andrea Dell'Ira, Francisco 'Pacho' Flores, Rex Richardson, Marco Pierobon, Ruben Simeo, Omar Tomasoni, Giuliano Sommerhalder, Andrea Tofanelli, Francesco Tamiati, Joe Burgstaller, Jens Lindemann, Fábio Brum, Claudio Quintavalla, Esteban Batallán, Mary Elisabeth Bowden, Yigal Meltzer, Leonardo Mendez and Mireia Farrés Bosch.

Euphonium fans can link up with Luciano De Luca, Bastien Baumet, Fernando Deddos, Kang Chun Meng and Josep Burguera Riera.

Horn players can enjoy a lesson from the likes of Luca Benucci, Dale Clevenger, Stefan Dohr, Sarah Willis, Eric Terwilliger, David Pyatt, Jeff Nelsen, Stefan de Leval Jezierski, Han Xiao-Ming, Ab Koster, Rodolfo Epelde, Frøydis Ree Wekre, Giovanni, Erik Ralske, Andrew Bain, Guglielmo Pellarin, Yoel Abadi, Luiz Garcia and Anneke Scott.

Trombone player can choose to spend time with Joseph Alessi, Enzo Turriziani, Alain Trudel, Daniele Morandini, Antonio Sicoli, Vincenzo Paratore, Zoltan Kiss, Jonathan Reith, Jörgen van Rijen, Elias Hiroyuki Kurogane, Ximo Vicedo, Vanessa Fralick, Jack Chou, David Bruchez-Lalli, Katy Jones, Achilles Liarmakopoulos, Abbie Conant and Fabrice Millischer.

Brass trombonists can link up with Gabriele Malloggi, Charlie Vernon, Stefan Schulz, Ben van Dijk, Steve Norrel, José Ángel Isla, Matyas Veer, Christian Jones and Gabriel Langfur.

Tuba players can enjoy Roger Bobo, Dan Perantoni, Øystein Baadsvik, Alessandro Fossi, Jens Bjørn Larsen, Roland Szentpali, Sérgio Carolino, Mike Forbes, Mike Roylance, Derek Fenstermacher, Patrick Sheridan), David Muñoz, Aaron Tindal, Michael Grose, Joanne Ross Hersey, Eduardo Nogueroles, Albert Savino Khattar.

The week will be packed with free masterclasses to anyone who wishes to enjoy them. All you will need is a good connection and a smartphone, iPhone, iPad, PC, etc4BR


Every day the festival will also host brass ensembles from around the world at 2.30pm and 2.45pm (Italian time) and three evening appointments, between 9.00pm, 9.45pm and 10.30pm (Italian time).

The festival will be rounded off with the Montgolfier brothers' balloon, to bring the Brass of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino up to the skies of Florence for the final day.

Find out more

To find out more and how to register to enjoy go to: Info, registration and contacts: segreteria@italianbrass.com


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