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.
The artistic director of the festival is prof. Lev Pupis.
FRIDAY, 31 January 2020
20.00 / Festivalna dvorana Bled
Festival OPENING gala
KUG sax sippia saxophone ensemble:
- Gerald Preinfalk, artistic leader
- Ryo Noda, guest soloist
Julian Argüelles TRIO
- Julian Argüelles, saxophone
- Morten Ramsbøl, bass
- Jonatan Sarikoski, drums
SATURADAY, 01 February 2020
12.30 / Festivalna dvorana Bled
DUO Judit Varadi, piano, Levente Puskas, saxophone
Saxophone ensemble from Debrecen university
Levente Puskas, artistic leader
Philippe Portojoie, soloist
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ob 20.00 / Festivalna dvorana Bled
After 8 with 8
Milano saxophone quartet
KUGjazz saxophone quartet
Heinrich von Kalnein, artistic director
Cristina Miguel Martinez
Heinrich von Kalnein
SUNDAY, 02 February 2020
14.00 / Festivalna dvorana Bled
chamber youth concert for a special 'public prize'
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ob 17.30 / Festivalna dvorana Bled
Vrhnika music school wind orchestra
Metka Pupis, conductor
Logatec music school wind orchestra
Vid Pupis, conductor
AS international youth saxophone orchestra
Jovana Joka in Tomislav Žužak, orchestra leaders
Gerald Preinfalk, conductor
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.
Participation fee: 30 EUR per person (30 min)
- Ryo Noda (JapanP) SOLD OUT!
- Massimiliano Girardi (Italy) SOLD OUT!
- Philippe Portojoie (France) SOLD OUT!
- Gerald Preinfalk (Austria) SOLD OUT!
- Levente Puskas (Hungary) SOLD OUT!
- Julian Argüelles (England), jazz FEW EMPTY SEATS!
- Heinrich von Kalnein (Austria), jazz SOLD OUT!
- Klemen Kotar (Slovenia), jazz SOLD OUT!
Participation fee: 60 EUR per group (60 min)
- Levente Puskas (Budapest saxophone quartet) SOLD OUT!
- Milano saxophone quartet (ITA) FEW EMPTY SEATS!
Participation fee: 120 EUR per person
(3 lectures, jazz talk, performance)
- Heinrich von Kalnein: jazz sax ensemble SOLD OUT!
GROUP LECTURES AND WORKSHOPS
Participation fee: 15 EUR per person (90 min)
- Julian Argüelles: introduction into an improvisation FEW EMPTY SEATS!
- Ryo Noda: group lesson 'Les oiseaux pour les musiciens' SOLD OUT!
- Philippe Portojoie: la elegance française, what about the french style FEW EMPTY SEATS!
WORKSHOP FOR JAZZ BEGINNERS
Participation fee: 25 EUR per person (120 min)
- Klemen Kotar SOLD OUT!
PASSIVE PARTICIPATION IN ALL SEMINARS:
Participation fee: 50 per person FEW EMPTY SEATS!
Due to the limited number of participants, the applicants will be handled on a first-come first-serve basis.
Participation fee shall be paid to (until January 6. 2020):
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 2020, First and last name of participant
The application will be accepted only when the payment is successful.
Proof of payment of the fee should be sent to e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
We advise our participants and attendees to choose our partner Hotel Kompas as their temporary residence for their stay in Bled. Their prices have been adjusted to our needs and made very accessible for participants of the AS Festival and their companions.