Music workshop The G-string of Pythagoras
Conservatory of music and ballet Maribor, Mladinska ulica 12
Thursday, 27 September 2012 at 16.00-18.00
led by: Hayden Chisholm, composer and saxophonist

A New Zealand saxophonist and composer Hayden Chisholm will held a music workshop The G-string of Pythagoras, which is part of the accompanying programme of Maribor Project / Rebecca Horn & Guests. The workshop gives all the participants a thorough grounding in the fundamental building blocks of all music- overtones and harmonic proportion- which in turn leads to confidence in intonation and knowledge of the sources of harmony and sound. Workshop starts with the exploring the basic harmonic proportions in the intervals as taught by Pythagoras. During the workshop the participants learn how to tune intervals such as 5ths, 3rds, and 7ths, to ring out in accordance to their true values. By this they come into contact with just intonation and learn about the pros and cons of equal temperament. These explorations are carried out with the voice, a small monochord and other instruments. The participants learn about difference of tones, overtones, microtonal music, Pythagorean comma, just intonation and much more concerning the proportions of music and how our scales were formed. Most importantly they learn about how to play successfully with tempered instruments like the piano and how fine changes in intonation can make significant improvements in our sounds. Prior notice required until 25 September 2012:

Hayden Chisholm (1975) continued his music studies in Japan in India after studying in Cologne with a DAAD scholarship. In 1995 he developed a radical new microtonal system for saxophone which he revealed on his debut solo CD "Circe". Since then, his compositions have been recorded by BBC and WDR radios and he has toured and recorded extensively  with the likes of Root70, WDR Big Band, Musikfabrik Ensemble, and David Sylvian. He has created music for several Rebecca Horn installations as well as composing scores for her films. He has taught at Universities throughout the world and gives yearly master classes in Greece. He is the author of one of Germany's most popular music and travel blogs: He curates the annual Plushmusic festival in Cologne and Bremen.

In cooperation with Conservatory of music and ballet Maribor.