This discussion bring together the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra’s music directors, Fabrizio Cassol, director of the intercultural creation sessions (Medinea Sessions), and Duncan Ward, director of the Symphonic Session. They discuss some questions that are brought to light during musical creation projects in the Mediterranean. Some of these issues include the wide variety of music styles, different teaching practices, and unequal access to artistic expression or to roles that require previous experience in orchestras or ensembles. The relationship between composition, interpretation, and improvisation is also discussed, and time is spent reflecting on remembered oral or written transmissions, unique heritages, and collective creations which enable respect for all types of artistic expression and highlight the role of intercultural creativity in helping us to think outside the box.
Fabrizio Cassol is the composer and saxophonist for Aka Moon. He has collaborated broadly with choreographers including Alain Platel, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Lemi Ponifasio and Faustin Linyekula, with the composer Philippe Boesmans, the theatre director Luc Bondy, the dramatist Brett Bailey, the theatre company tg Stan, and with the KVS, Brussels’ Flemish city theatre. In 1992, he studied with the Aka, a nomadic pygmy people in the Central African Republic, and went on to develop two projects Aka Balkan Moon and AlefBa. He has appeared with Marc Turner, Robin Eubanks, David Gilmore, Magic Malik, Marc Ducret, and Joe Lovano. From 2012 to 2015, he was in residency at the Royal Theatre of La Monnaie in Brussels, and at the Fondation Royaumont. He gives master classes and workshops at the Paris Conservatory (CNSMDP), the Royal Academy in London, the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in Jerusalem, the Fondation Royaumont in France, and also in Algiers, Beijing, Berlin, Chennai, and Tunis. Fabrizio has been the musical director of the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra’s Medinea Sessions since 2015.
Duncan Ward, a British conductor and composer has worked with renowned orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie in Bremen, and the National Youth Orchestra in Great Britain. He has collaborated on numerous occasions with the renowned conductor Sir Simon Rattle. He is passionate about classical and contemporary repertoires and has participated in many different projects. He is heavily invested in the fight against inequality and co-founded the WAM Foundation which sends young British musicians to India each year to teach classical European music in schools in India. He has also directed a series of concerts for the South African association MIAGI in honor of Nelson Mandela. Duncan Ward was appointed Musical Director of the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra for three consecutive years in 2020.
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