Location: Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia

The Medinea sessions, an open program to the finest young musicians and improvisers from the Mediterranean. The four 2022 Medinea Sessions of the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra (MYO) are each open to a dozen of young and talented musicians from the Mediterranean basin building their careers to become professional artists and who have an intense practise of musical improvisation, even of the composition. Each session is designed for a large diversity of musical aesthetics and Mediterranean expressions and hosts all styles of music using elements of improvisations (jazz, traditional music, early music, etc.). Fabrizio Cassol, composer, saxophonist, and jazzman, guides these sessions and proposes to experiment with techniques of collective composition, within an ensemble, with the aim of leading to the creation of a common musical production that also reveals individual singularities. This training offers a unique intercultural experience of the life of an ensemble in creation, in rehearsals, and on tour.

The Centre for Arab and Mediterranean Music, a Medinea member, will host a small group of musicians to accompany them in the exploration of the great diversity of aesthetics and musical expressions of the Mediterranean culture. The musicians, who will participate in this session, met during previous sessions, and formed Mozaic, a musical ensemble and will continue the construction of their repertoire that they started in 2012, during a Medinea Session in Lisbon.

The six artists will meet for ten days of rehearsals and creation under the guidance of Fabrizio Cassol, musical director of the Medinea Sessions and Zied Zouari, violinist and mentor of multiple Medinea Sessions.

Session produced by the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra and supported by the Fondation Orange