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“People of the Wind”: Bridging the sounds of the East and West

Artistic residency within the framework of EFFEA (European Festivals Fund for Emerging Artists)

People of the Wind is a collective of three musicians from diverse cultural backgrounds united by their common interest in the musical traditions of the East and their urge to explore new ways of interpreting them by using western instruments. Inspired by the ecstatic traditions of the zurna-davul duo, they gave birth to an innovative sound with their saxophone performance.

During a residency at the Windcraft Music Fest (18-23 July 2023), the artists will be given the opportunity to create new repertoire and to develop their compatibility with the European music scene under the guidance of festival programmers. In a workshop, the band will also share their playing techniques and working progress with local musicians and creative professionals, resulting into a collective final performance.


The residency “People of the Wind: Bridging the sounds of the East and West” is supported by the European Festivals Fund for Emerging Artists – EFFEA, co-funded by the European Union.


Saxophonists Fausto Sierakowski (France), James Wylie (New Zealand)

and percussionist, Alexandros Rizopoulos (Greece) began playing

together in 2016 in Thessaloniki which led to formation of the trio People of

the Wind.

People of the Wind is an explosive trio inspired largely by the ecstatic

traditions of Sorna stretching from West Africa to the Far East. Of particular

interest are the repertoires of Greek Macedonia where the trio is based,

Eastern Turkey, Armenia and Iran. Guided also by a fascination for the role

played by music in traditional societies in these places, the group directly

addresses the question of the role of its own musical roots. The nature of

interpreting this music with a western instrument such as the saxophone

also requires a great deal of technical and sonic innovation which results in

a wholly new and exciting group sound with rhythm and dance at its core.

The repertoire of this concert is composed of traditional pieces and extracts

of musics inspired by the duo of double-reed instruments (Duduk,

Sorna/Zurna) and percussions (Dhol, Daouli), but also of original

compositions. Our objective is not only to present the works of distant

cultures but to enrich and renew our musical heritage.

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