Balkan trumpet workshop
For decades Serbian trumpet is attracting a lot of attention from large variety of audience from all over the world, the proof is great interest and visit to famous finale competition of Serbian trumpeters in Guca.
In the age of internet, electronic media, confused people with headphones in their ears and (not so) social networks it was expected that the interest for the festival will disappear, (because everything was recorded, shared, twitted, blogged…).
The second wave that was going to finish it, or at least damage Serbian trumpet stage is mass immigration of quality trumpeters from poor south of Serbia to the EU countries. In those countries they work some not so decent jobs (because trumpet is all their life).
Trumpet players from the south are mainly gypsies, and they play quite energetic, and in the same time from their hart and soul. If you don`t cry with out reason while listening to them, your hart is either from stone or you need a doctor.
So Serbian trumpet stumbled after five decades of existence?
No it is not the end of the road! Fortunately audience already realized that `live` felling can not be substituted with some electronic device. `
’Serbians are the best, when hardest…` – saying says, and so, like a phoenix bird the rest of orchestra’s from south Serbia gathered strength, and from remaining people form maybe the best orchestras ever, and they win top awards on their gigs.
Last years the number of people that trough away their smart phones and started to explore natural sources of sounds and music. That is how we stroke the idea to connect beginners and experienced brass players with top maestros of Serbian trumpet.
The school of trumpet for beginners and advanced musicians will be held in country side of south Serbia, Vladicin Han.
In 2016 we successfully organized classes in two occasions.
- During qualifications for Guca trumpet festival held in Surdulica
- After the Guca festival.
Classes where held in Bojan Kristic house.
Bojan Krstic proved that he is not just a trumpet maestro, but also a great host.
Classes where held by Bojan and his father Dragisa.
Dragisa Kristic was a master teacher to a lot of great musicians..
Story of Dragisa Krstic
I started playing trumpet when i was 8 years old, it was my fathers trumpet and i was playing it with my friends from school. After school my friends were running home to pick up instruments,
and then rushed back to my house so our father can teach us to play.
It was like that until i was 13 years of age, adn then we started playing in various festivals.
After i started teaching, locals, and also people from England, Hungary, Germany, Japan…
The biggest impression on my father and me left a quiet young boy from Copenhagen, that came to our house with almost no knowledge to learn how to play trumpet. Everybody told him, that he’s just not ready yet for serious lessons, but he came to our house. He had great wish to learn, and in two days he learned to blow trumpet properly, and in just 5 days he learned 7 songs to play. ˝Only my father Dragisa can do that˝ told us Bojan Krstic.
Classes are 1 hour/class in the morning and 1 class/hour in the afternoon.
If you think this is not enough, you will be proven wrong when you realize that your best friend is a lips creme.
Wish for knowledge gathering and relentless teachers will be your teaching force for pushing you over the limits.
Accommodation will be in the teachers house or nearby housing, dependent on the number of students.
Experience of the previous students.
Trumpet teaching at Bojan Kristic’s house
I was looking for a genuine Balkan trumpet teacher when Dejan and Natasa facilitated a one week stay for me in the house of the famous Serbian trumpeter Bojan Kristic. I could only play a couple of notes when I arrived,but I left his house with a great repertoire of traditional Balkan songs
To be in the heart of Bojan’s family taught me everything: the importance of discipline, the musical heritage of the Balkans, but most importantly the kindness and warmth of the Serbian people.
Johan Kjeldahl, Denmark