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Friday, Jan 09 2015 | 03:26
Image: 1594117 Balkan Clarinet Summit brings together local and international clarinet masters to combine, contrast and mix the fascinating variety of the balkan clarinet playing with the interpretive culture of both classical and jazz traditions.

The clarinet is the most popular instrument in South Eastern Europe besides the violin, yet numerous divergent performance techniques have emerged from area to area. Goethe-Institut Athina director Wolfgang Pöhlmann had the original idea which was then picked up by the Goethe-HQ in Munich. Music journalist Guenther Huesman developed it further and, finally, Claudio Puntin and Steffen Schorn were brought on board as musical directors.

Claudio then went on a 2-month search for the right artists, seeking local masters who are rooted in tradition but are still flexible enough to work with colleagues from different musical heritages. Every musician provided 2 to 4 traditional pieces or their own compositions. Steffen and Claudio then made the arrangements for this unusual acapella formation. Rehearsals proved tricky at first as finding ways to balance and complement the varied means and ways of adaptation was an art in and of itself! Theproject then all came beautifully together over 3 concerts in September 2012 in Athina, Braœov and Thessaloniki. The outstanding feedback saw the group hit the road for more concerts in December, performing in Sofia, Beograd, Novi Sad, Sarajevo, Zagreb, Ankara, istanbul, izmir and again in Athina.

Stavros Pazarentsis, Slobodan Trkulja, Sergiu Balutel, Oguz Büyükberber, Orlin Pamukov, Tobias Klein, Claudio Puntin, Steffen Schorn

• Internationally recognized clarinet players
• Live DVD and Film by Horacio Alcala about Balkan Clarinet Summit
• Goethe institute and Multifonics as partners
• Can play instore tours, because of acoustic instruments

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