The AS International Music Festival, Bled

The AS International Music Festival is a saxophone-themed event addressing a wide audience, amateurs and professionals alike, with a vision of becoming the central event of its type in this part of Europe.

It is duly named after Belgian instrument inventor Adolphe Sax, whose most famous invention is the SAXOPHONE itself.

The AS Festival was first organised in 2014 as a commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the great man’s birth. After 2 renditions on a national scale, the 3rd annual AS Festival, in 2017, outgrew national bounds, as it featured over 250 saxophonists coming from Slovenia, Austria, and Hungary.

The Festival also strives to attract a wider audience, which is why we pay special attention to the diversity of our musical programmes.

Whether you are a teacher, or a student of an elementary school, a high school, or a college, the 4th annual AS International Musical Festival offers a wide range of different ways to be active and participate:

  • 7 festival concerts featuring renowned local and foreign musicians
  • Workshops – creative workshops of classical and jazz music (for music school students)
  • Masterclasses (for high school and college saxophone students)
  • Seminar for teachers with local and foreign lecturers
  • Soloist audition for the chance to perform with the orchestra in the opening concert
  • Youth concert Made in Slovenia – featuring young soloists performing the compositions of Slovene authors (in cooperation with the Society of Slovene Authors)
  • One of our concerts will be organised in cooperation with the Radovljica nursing home. Dubbed “The concert at your doorstep,” it will be an example of different generations interlacing, as the young performing musicians will also introduce their instruments and their programme to the elderly
  • Musical fair in the lobby of the Bled festival hall.

PARTICIPANTS

SAXOPHONISTS
Maja Barroso Lisac - Slovenia, Switzerland
Barry Cockroft - Australia
Alain Crepin - Belgium
Claude Delangle - France
Daniel Duran - Spain
Žiga Fabbro - Slovenia
Philippe Geiss - France
Lenart Krečič - Slovenia
Oskar Laznik - Slovenia
Gerald Preinfalk - Austria
Dejan Prešiček - Slovenia
Dragan Sremec - Croatia
Kenneth Tse – USA
Javier Valerio - Costarica

PIANISTS
Odile Delangle - France
Iren Seleljo - Hungary

ENSEMBLES
Budapest saxophone orchestra - Hungary
Ensemble 4saxess - Slovenia
Saxophone syncopators - Slovakia
Saxofiori - Austria
Slovenian saxophone orchestra SOS – Slovenia
SOS Junior saxophone orchestra - Slovenia

PROGRAMME OF THE FESTIVAL

FRIDAY, 2 February 2018

20.00 Opening Concert
Slovenian saxophone orchestra SOS
Soloists: Claude Delangle and Kenneth Tse
Bled Festival Hall

22.00 Chaplin Sax
Saxophone Syncopators
The Panorama Restaurant, Bled

SATURADAY, 3 February 2018

12.00 Prelude to a musical afternoon
Tulln - Wagram Music School saxophone orchestra
Claude and Odile Delangle
Bled Festival Hall

20.00 Evening Gala
Budapest Saxophone Orchestra and Ensemble 4saxess
Soloists: Barry Cockroft, Philippe Geiss, and Javier Valerio
Bled Festival Hall

22.00 TANGO & JAZZ concert
Gerald Preinfalk, saxophone, and Klaus Paier, accordion
Jam session
The Panorama Restaurant, Bled

SUNDAY, 4 February 2018

12.00 Prelude to a musical afternoon
Saxofiori saxophone orchestra, conductor: Harald Müller
Gerald Preinfalk and Iren Seleljo
Bled Festival Hall

18.00 SAXPLOSION time
SOS Junior saxophone orchestra, conductor: Alain Crepin
Saxplode
Soloists: Dragan Sremec, Kenneth Tse, Javier Valerio, Barry Cockroft
Bled Festival Hall

EDUCATION

Workshop, Masterclass, Jazz group improvisation, Jazz workshop

Seminars will be open to elementary and secondary music school pupils, undergraduate and master student, as well as graduate saxophonists.

COURSE SELECTION:

  • Workshop for pupils (individual lessons)
    Mentors:
    Oskar Laznik (SI)
    Maja Barroso Lisac (SI/CH)
    Daniel Duran (ES)
    Dejan Prešiček (SI)
    Participation fee 30 EUR per person (30 min)
  • Masterclass for students (individual lessons)
    Mentors:
    Dragan Sremec (HR)
    Kenneth Tse (USA)
    Javier Valerio (CR)
    Participation fee 45 EUR per person (45 min)
  • Masterclass for chamber music
    Mentors:
    Dejan Prešiček (SI)
    Oskar Laznik (SI)
    Participation fee 60 EUR per chamber group (60 min)
  • Jazz workshop
    Mentor:
    Lenart Krečič (individual lessons)
    Participation fee 45 EUR per person (45 min)
  • Jazz improvisation for beginners (group lessons)
    Mentors:
    Lenart Krečič (SI)
    Žiga Fabbro (SI)
    Participation fee 25 EUR per person (60 min)
    *groups will be formed after the closing date of registration
  • Passive participation at all events
    Participation fee 20 EUR per person

Due to the limited number of participants, the applicants will be handled on a first-come first-serve basis.

Payment information:
Participation fee shall be paid to (until January 23. 2018):
Kulturno društvo Sekvoja, Ilirska ulica 16, 1000 Ljubljana
IBAN: SI56 0205 3026 0215 685 / SWIFT: LJBASI2X
Nova Ljubljanska banka d.d., Trg republike 2, 1000 Ljubljana
Purpose of payment: Festival AS 2018, First and last name of participant

Proof of payment of the fee should be sent to:
e-mail: as.festival.bled@gmail.com

Application deadline: January 15. 2018

The organizer does not take any responsibility for underage participants.
Organizers shall not be responsible for any kind of accident or loss of items during the master classes at As festival Bled.

INFO:
Matjaž Škoberne
P: +386 40 290 106
E: as.festival.bled@gmail.com

WHO ARE WE?

We are academically trained musicians – saxophonists, as well as members of the Slovenian Orchestra of Saxophones, or the SOS orchestra, based in Slovenia. In 2014, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of saxophone inventor Adolphe Sax, we organised a day dedicated to AS, which over the years expanded into a 3-day event, outgrew its local environment, and became an international festival, as over 250 saxophonists from Slovenia, Austria, and Hungary actively participated in last year’s Festival in January 2017.

In a desire to connect amateur and professional saxophonists from home and abroad, in 2018 we will be hosting already the 4th annual AS International Music Festival in Bled.

The AS Organising Board consists of:
Lev Pupis, saxophone professor at the Music and Ballet Conservatoire of Ljubljana, habilitated professor at the higher educational level
Grega Zupančič, Sekvoja Cultural Association president, saxophone enthusiast, father of young and promising saxophonist
Irena Šmid, saxophone professor at the Škofja Loka Music School
Weronika Partyka, saxophonist, saxophone professor, independent artist
Matjaž Škoberne, saxophone professor at the Krško Music School and the Sevnica Music School
Larisa Marjanović, saxophone professor at the Ilirska Bistrica Music School and the Ajdovščina Music School
Joanna Blejwas, saxophonist, gap-year student at the Academy of Music of the University of Ljubljana

What is the AS Festival?

The AS International Music Festival is a three-day event addressing a wide audience, amateurs and professionals alike, with a vision of becoming the central event of its type in the Alps-Adria region.

It hosts different workshops for the classical saxophone and a creative jazz workshop for music school students, masterclasses and a jazz workshop for high school and college saxophone students, a seminar for teachers, and numerous concerts featuring soloist performances from world-renowned saxophonists.

The Festival offers different ways of participating, not just for students and teachers, but also the general public, who are able to attend 7 festival concerts and a musical fair in the lobby of the Bled Festival Hall.

The 4th annual AS International Music Festival will host the following events:

  • 7 festival concerts featuring renowned Slovenian and foreign musicians
  • Workshops – creative workshops of classical and jazz music (for music school students)
  • Masterclass (for high school and college saxophone students)
  • Seminar for teachers featuring local and foreign lecturers
  • Soloist audition for the chance to perform with the orchestra in the opening concert (chance for participation for high school and college saxophone students)
  • Musical fair in the lobby of the Bled Festival Hall.

Why are we crowdfunding?

The AS Festival is a musical event organised by the non-profit Sekvoja Cultural Association with the intention of raising the popularity of our instrument, the saxophone. At the moment, the Association does not receive any funding from the town or government to organise the Festival and other activities, and so its survival depends solely on donations and seminar and workshop fees. We are currently raising funds to rent the piano and concert hall, two elements which are necessary for a quality festival, but which also represent the largest expense.
This is why your donations and cooperation in the crowdfunding process crucially help the existence, organisation, and development of the AS International Music Festival, which strives to become the central saxophone-themed event in the Alps-Adria region.

Renting costs – total: 3900 €
- rental of concert piano: 1500 €
- three-day rental of Bled Festival Hall: 2400 € per DAY
www.kongresni-center-bled.si/en/hire-capacities-and-rates

If you would like to help us, you can allocate your donations to our current account:

Kulturno društvo Sekvoja
Ilirska ulica 16, 1000 Ljubljana
IBAN: SI56 0205 3026 0215 685 / SWIFT: LJBASI2X
Nova Ljubljanska banka d.d., Trg republike 2, 1000 Ljubljana
Purpose of payment: reward you wish to receive

If you choose to donate, we will repay your generosity with a reward, dependant on the sum you donate:

10 €
- official thank-you note on our FB page/website

15 €
- thank-you letter from the AS Organising Board, along with a poster signed by the great names of the saxophone world appearing in this years AS Festival
- coffee and chat with members of the AS Organising Board ahead of the Saturday afternoon concert

40 €
- ZORRO Cream Cake in Bled

50 €
- saxophone lesson (45 min) (mentor: Lev Pupis)
- saxophone lesson (45 min) with a member of the SOS orchestra (you may choose your mentor)
- yoga workshop (90 min) (by Matjaž Škoberne)
- Vincero gift certificate
- cooking workshop with Joanna: How to make a “pierogi” (traditional Polish dish)

75 €
- composition (sheet music) signed by author (Alain Crepin)
- composition (sheet music) signed by author (Philippe Geiss)
- composition (sheet music) signed by author (Barry Cockroft)

100 €
- 2x CD: Claude Delangle (with author's inscription)
- 2x CD: Gerald Preinfalk (with author's inscription)

150 €
- attendance of the SOS Junior concert in Budapest, along with a return bus ticket Ljubljana – Budapest (for one person).

200 €
- we publish your logo or name on our promotion material

250 €
- Happy Birthday Surprise by members of the AS Organising Board (planned by you and us)

300 €
- 1x registration fee: AlpSax Seminar, program B

400 €
- 1x registration fee: AlpSax Seminar, program A

500 €
- 30-minute Christmas concert by AS Organising Board members

1 -...€
free donation

We kindly ask all of you who would like to support us to allocate your donations to our current account:

Kulturno društvo Sekvoja
Ilirska ulica 16, 1000 Ljubljana
IBAN: SI56 0205 3026 0215 685 / SWIFT: LJBASI2Xz
Nova Ljubljanska banka d.d., Trg republike 2, 1000 Ljubljana

Let us know about the reward you wish to receive in “purpose of payment”

Contact:
Facebook: SOS Orchestra
Website: vincero.si
Lev Pupis, leading organiser of AS Festival levpupis@gmail.com
Weronika Partyka weronikapartyka@gmail.com
Grega Zupančič tgz@tgz.si

Our sincerest thanks for your support!

See you in Bled!

AS Organising Board

Sponzorji