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Contemporary Techniques and Repertoire for Saxophone Workshop


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 realized at the Institut Français-Barcelona (Carrer de Moià no 8; 08006, Barcelona), between march and june 2020.


Guidelines (pdf) (french version pdf):

-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 documentation:

• Application form duly completed. (pdf)(french (pdf))

• 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.


Registration fees:

Active Participants: € 180.

Listener Participants: € 95.



All documentation must be submitted by email (before March 1st ) to:


The registration fee must be paid (until March 9th)  by income or bank transfer to the following bank account number:


Associació Musica Actual - Curs BM
Número de cuenta (IBAN): ES11 0081 0523 1300 0132 8633
Concept: Inscripció SMAS


Please send the proof of payment via e-mail.


The Course organization can give to the participants detailed information about Barcelona: accommodation, transport, addresses and any additional information. For any questions direct your inquiry via email to:



[The registration to the Contemporary Techniques and Repertoire for Saxophone Workshop, as a part of the International Composition Course Barcelona Modern, implies the acceptance of these conditions]


Demian Luna
Director del Curso