Participants 2018



Conductor Geert Verschaeve

Braz'art, Harelbeke's brass band, was founded in 2007 by the Municipal Music Academy of Harelbeke and the Peter Benoit museum. The Academy wanted to provide the students with a channel through which they could fully indulge in brass music. The group was composed of both students, former students and brass music teachers. Representing Harelbeke as a musical city, Braz'art aimed at becoming an ambassador of brass music.
Braz'art explored the brass band industry - which was new territory for Harelbeke - by taking part in open competitions in Hull (U.K.) and Drachten (Netherlands) as well as the local open orchestra competition of VLAMO (the Flemish Organization for Amateur Music). As of 2010 the band qualified for the highly regulated Belgian National Brass Band Championships. Braz'art started in the 3rd division in 2010 and made its way up to the 1st division by 2016.
Next to entering in competitions, Braz'art has worked out diverse projects and organized numerous concerts. Some of the highlights are: In Remembrance, a project on the commemoration of WOI in cooperation with Belgian musician, actor, writer and singer Wim Opbrouck (a proud citizen of Harelbeke) and within the framework of the 2015 IBBA festival (the International Belgian Brass Academy); Peter Benoit Prom Night 2012; Comedy concert with Chilo Vanlerberghe and Bart de Wildeman; Braz'art at the Antwerp MAS museum; New Year's concerts at Sint-Niklaas and Berlare …
Braz'art is very proud to have been part of the renowned 2017 IBBA festival, where the band accompanied some of the top international brass soloists. By taking part in the 2017 IBBA festival and the 3rd edition of the Peter Benoit Prom Night, Braz'art really made its mark at its ten-year anniversary. The jubilee year was topped off with an 85 % score in the 1st division of the Belgian National Brass Band Championship.


Conductor Nicola Del Lungo

The quartet was born in the winter of 2016 by the will of the Florentine composer Francesco Gabrielli. In addition to Gabrielli the Quartet is composed of Daniele Innocenti , sax, Nicola Del Lungo, bass and double bass, and of Marco Mazzoni,drums. The proposed jazz repertoire lists both standard jazz tracks revisited and unpublished tracks written and composed by Francesco Gabrielli. The typical sounds of jazz alternate with modern parts in an exchange aimed at subverting the "classical" canons of this musical genre.  


Conductor Alessandro Di Puccio

ICARUS is a newly formed ensemble that was born under the guide of the Maestro Alessandro Di Puccio at the Academy of Music of Florence. Thanks to the enthusiasm and affinity developed among the musicians, they have decided to continue the experience giving birth to a real project that, starting from a deepening of Hard Bop genre explores everything that it is similar, from the roots Be Bop by Clifford Brown, to the Jazz Messengers with the musicians who gravitated around, up to more modern compositions like those of Wayne Shorter's.
The members of the group, ranging from 22 to 30 years, have attended or currently attend conservatories and schools of music of academic level, in particular the conservatory Venezze of Rovigo, the Cherubini of Florence, the Foundation Siena Jazz and over the years have participated in various seminars such as the summer seminars of Siena Jazz and in courses like those held at CAM of Florence.
Niccolò Angioni -Trumpet
Giacomo Petrucci -tenor Sax
Marco Morandi- Piano
Diego Onorato -Contrabass
Simone Brilli- Battery


Letizia Del Basso was born in Florence and attends the Tourist High School Marco Polo in Florence. She studies guitar since she was 9. In the Middle School has attended an experimental class oriented to music and took part at the School Orchestra in several public performances. She has been studying for singing for the last two years and took part at the two last editions of Lucrezia Balatri singing contest, winning the edition 2018 in the under 17 songwriters category. In the year 2017 has been selected for the iPop summer edition in Los Angeles. Since one year she composes songs writing words and music


Conductor Letizia Dei

Born in January 2008 as a choir-school in the Athenaeum Musicale Fiorentino and today has about thirty elements divided into sopranos, contralti and tenors. Many, in these years of activity, the collaborations with the Associations operating on the territory in symbolic places of the city for beneficial purposes; among them, we remember those with the Girotondo for Meyer, Noi per Voi, Auser,Lu.Be.C,(Lucca Beni Culturali), MEDU (Doctors for HumanRights),Telethon, Misericordia ofGalluzzo, ANT. There are plenty of venues in Florence where the Light Gospel Choir sang: St. James American Church, Church of Santa Trinita, Church of Ognissanti, Salone dei 500 in Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza Santa Croce, Piazza del Cestello, Certosa of Firenze,Boboli Gardens, Odeon Theater, Puccini Theater ... and many others. For many years now the association A.T.T Tuscan Association for Cancers for the traditional Christmas fundraising. With pride, particular affection and closeness it contributed to the construction of the Cice Garden at Meyer. Chosen by the U.S.A General Consulate of Florence it sang to celebrate, together with the Florentine American community, the fiftieth anniversary of the Black History Month. During the concerts of the Light Gospel Choir it is not rare to meet many Artists (singers and musicians) ,friends, who have the pleasure to perform together with the choir approaching the gospel giving birth to a captivating show that puts together, successfully, different artistic sensibilities.


Conductor Leonardo Cremonini

is a musical formation made up mainly of young instrumentalists, among the most talented of the Filarmonica G, Verdi of Impruneta, founded in the late 90s by Maestro Leonardo Cremonini Clarinetist of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra, director of the Philharmonic Band of the Country and of this young band. It plays a 360 ° musical activity, interpreting any kind of music: original pieces for winds, soundtracks of films and cartoons, pieces of Jazz, Swing, Pop and Rock music and other musical genres. Many arrangements and transcriptions of the songs are edited by Maestro L.Cremonini. There are frequent collaborations with young emerging singers and rock groups.


Conductor Geert Verschaeve

Municipal Music Academy Harelbeke

The jazz-pop-rock department of the academy was convinced of the necessity of establishing a big ensemble in which youngsters could fully explore new styles and influences such as electronic music, rap, DJ, … in accordance with present-day young musical students' demand.

This brand new 25-headed ensemble immediately kicked off by opening Jazzontspooring, a jazz festival in Harelbeke with big names such as Cécile McLorin Salvant, James Brandon Lewis and Philippe Cathérine.

The band previously realized different projects:
2014: DKO Day (promoting part time art education), project with beatboxer 'Devoo'
2015: 1st price at the International Youth Music Festival in Neerpelt
2015: Project on Billie Holiday in cooperation with jazz alumni from different conservatories
2016: Tomorrow Music, project with live music and DJ
2017: supporting act jazz festival Jazzontspooring in Harelbeke

Wild and passionate as they are about music, the ensemble now wants to make a name for itself at the FUN festival organized by the FICF (Florence International Choir Festival).

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