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Residency of People of the Wind: James Wylie, Fausto Sierakowski, Alexandros Rizopoulos

hosted by Windcraft Music Fest
Participating countries:
  • Belgium
  • Cyprus
  • France
  • Greece
  • Poland
  • Music
© Nickolas Chryssos


  • From 18-07-2023 to 23-07-2023
Generation #1



Project summary

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.
© Nickolas Chryssos


People of the Wind: James Wylie, Fausto Sierakowski, Alexandros Rizopoulos

Biography: <p>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 the band is composed of traditional pieces and extracts of musics inspired by the duo of double-reed instruments (Duduk, Sorna/Zurna) and percussion (Dhol, Daouli), but also of original compositions. Their objective is not only to present the works of distant cultures but to enrich and renew our musical heritage.</p>
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