March 13th and June 17th
The "International Composition Course Barcelona Modern", in its sixth edition, opens the
registration to the Contemporary Techniques and Repertoire for Saxophone
Workshop, given by the prestigious saxophonist -member of the Barcelona Modern
Ensemble- Nacho Gascón.
Open to saxophonists, composers and other instrumentalists who want to know and
explore the instrument and address the most interesting, innovative and specific repertoire
with these techniques. The workshop is practical, focused on working contemporary
repertoire for saxophone.
The main objective of this workshop is to do a hands on introduction of the possibilities of
contemporary performance and writing for the saxophone. This approach will be based on
a practical analysis of suitable technical bibliography, recordings and repertoire together
with the experience of the lecturer to ilustrate a comprehensive guide that should address
most of the concerns of the aspiring performer or composer. Participants will have the
oportunity to work together with the lecturer on a one to one basis and it will be mostly
focused on the Soprano, Alto and Tenor Saxophones.
The workshop will be structured in two meetings, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m.
to 6 p.m. each one.
➢ First meeting: Friday, March 13th 2020.
Presentation and analysis of bibliographic content.
Debate on techniques and illustration with representative recordings.
Presentation of worthy repertoire and recordings.
➢ Second meeting: Wednesday, June 17th 2020.
Hands on work session with the participants and the lecturer. Practical questions and
request will be addressed on an individual manner.
Musical preparation of the concert.
The workshop ends with a public concert on June 17th , 2020– given by the active
students who have set up repertoire during the course - within the Barcelona Modern
Festival- Contemporary and new creation music festival.
The Workshop will be held at the Institut Français-Barcelona (Carrer de Moià no 8;
08006, Barcelona), between March and June 2020.
-May attend this call all the interested saxophonists, composers or other instrumentalists,
regardless of age or nationality.
- Interested musicians in participating should send before March 1st, 2020 the
• Application form duly completed.
• Curriculum vitae
• Copy of the national identity document or passport.
- Seven (7) students will be selected as Active Participants, they will have the
opportunity to work directly with Nacho Gascón. The repertoire, selected by the professor
and the active participants, will be studied and performed during the meetings.
-Interested musicians not selected as Active Participants have the opportunity
to attend as Listeners Participants, with unlimited access –as well as Active
Participants-to all the activities of the Saxophone Workshop, the International
Composition Course and to all the concerts at the Barcelona Modern Festival.
On March 2nd 2020, the results of the call will be reported via e-mail and posted on
the course website and Facebook.
The registration period for selected musicians as Active or Listeners Participants, ends
on March 9th 2020.
The assistance to the two meetings, in the stipulated course schedule, is mandatory
for all selected musicians as Active Participants.
Active Participants: € 180.
Listener Participants: € 95.
All documentation must be submitted by email (before March 1st ) to:
Details are available at web pages: