Nuoro Jazz International Workshops 2018

Nuoro Jazz International Workshops 2020

Nuoro Jazz Seminars, created in 1989 and directed by Paolo Fresu until 2013, quickly became one of the most prestigious and innovative event in the jazz didactics field in Italy and Europe.  

Since the first edition, thousands of students have attended the seminars in Nuoro with an average attendance of more than hundred students each year; many of the former students have moreover pursued a successful international career, as for example Gavino Murgia, Giovanni Falzone, Simona Premazzi, Filomena Campus and those like Francesca Corrias, Marcella Carboni, Fulvio Sigurtà, Giovanni Agostino Frassetto, Salvatore Maltana just to name few, whom are now teachers of the seminars.

Jazz workshops in Nuoro, between the second half of August and the first week of September has become a must-be appointment in the jazz scene in Italy and Europe; during those days, Nuoro – in the heart of Sardinia – becomes a real jazz town. Salvatore Maltana is the new artistic director of Nuoro Jazz after Roberto Cipelli, teacher of the Nuoro Jazz Seminars since the first editions, who took over as Artistic Director since 2014 till 2019.

In the ten-days seminar, students find a welcoming and challenging atmosphere in the town of the Nobel prize Grazia Deledda.                                      

Nuoro Jazz Seminars offers twelve courses, both instrumental and theoretical, held by some of the best Italian jazz musicians and teachers, with extra-curricular activities such combo classes, international workshop and folk music masterclasses, often regarding Sardinian´s traditions; worth to mention the workshop offered by Maestro Luigi Lai and his Launeddas, an ancient reeds-made instrument which characterize the sound of Sardinia and its history.

Moreover, as a truly jazz-city atmosphere, everyday runs never-ending jam sessions and a great international festival – Nuoro Jazz Festival – with live concerts every night, which are an essential and irreplaceable part of the didactic experience.

In these years Nuoro Jazz has hosted the Gotha of Italian and International Jazz, among others: Paolo Fresu and his quintet, Enrico Rava, Stefano Bollani, Maria Pia De Vito, Bruno Tommaso, Franco D’Andrea, Roberto Gatto, Rita Marcotulli, Gianluca Petrella, Stefano Di Battista and international as Steve Lacy, Dave Holland, Dave Liebman, Kenny Barron, Uri Caine, Butch Morris, Miroslav Vitous, John Abercrombie, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Airto Moreira, Sheila Jordan, Bobo Stensson, John Taylor, Joe Lovano, Tom Harrell.

The seminar ends with a final recital which involves all the students and teachers on stage together, in an always diverse musical and logistic settings.

A multimedia and multicultural original production, with a different theme every year, brings the seminars to the areas and villages nearby, with an itinerant marching band and diverse stage corners, aiming to divulge jazz culture, atmosphere and passion within the community.

Nuoro Jazz Seminar offers different prizes every year, awards which allows the most talented students in different areas and pinpointed by their respective teachers, to get different scholarships for the forthcoming edition.

Aspect which makes the whole experience even more exciting and challenging, in a healthy and productive learning/sharing environment.


The Ente Musicale di Nuoro will hold the 32nd Seminar on Jazz music in Nuoro, at the School of Music “Antonietta Chironi” in via Mughina, 87, from August 18th to August 28th. In order to enroll, you must complete the form (which you can download here: link expired ), send a passport or id photo and make the payment according to your chosen seminar.

You can choose from the following:

  • Instrumental and theoretical courses, that include the international master class and workshop “Speaking with the Sound Engineer” (300 Euros, 240 Euros early birds by April 30th);
  • International Master class Jeff Ballard (August 21st-22nd-24th);
  • “The Sound Engineer in Jazz Music” with Marti Jane Robertson (dates to be determined) 250 Euros;

Payment can be made with a with a bank transfer to Banca Intesa (IBAN code: IT28E036909606100000067443), specifying the reasons for the transfer: “Iscrizione Seminario Nuoro Jazz 2020” (Nuoro Jazz 2020 registration) or, alternatively, postal order marked on c/c postale n. 10307080 to: Ente Musicale di Nuoro Via Convento, 8 – 08100 Nuoro .

The completed form, the payment receipt and the photo must be sent to Ente Musicale di Nuoro – Via Convento, 8 – 08100 Nuoro or emailed to: no later than August 4th 2020 (any late registration will be accepted only if there are available spots).

The fee includes registration and seminar  attendance; it will be refundable only in the event of a withdrawal from the seminars communicated to us  and not later than August 5th. The refund, from which the administrative costs will be deducted, will be made through postal money order or bank transfer within the following 3 months after the seminars have ended. For any further information, contact Ente Musicale di Nuoro to the above address, or call 0784/36156 (fax 1782261958) or email

SCHEDULE OF THE SEMINARS                               

On a regular day, there are three hours of instrumental classes (divided into the two levels the students), two hours of History of Jazz Music, three hours of theoretical classes (divided into the two levels the students) two hours and a half of combo class and one hour of open group rehearsal.

On the first day the students will be divided into their appropriate level by the teachers comprising two or three different levels.

Depending on the number of registrations, there might be a second teacher for the instrumental class, and the students will be assigned to one of the two teachers based on their level. Nevertheless, during the Seminars, there will also be classes held with all the different levels.

The combo music groups will be formed on the first day by the teachers, based on the student’s level of preparation. It is not possible to guarantee that every student will be assigned to a group.

The schedule of the day, that will be confirmed during the first day, will most likely be:

  • 9 am to 10 am HISTORY OF MUSIC (Enrico Merlin)
  • 10 am to 11.30 am INSTRUMENT 1st LEVEL (teachers as assigned)

or MUSIC THEORY 2nd LEVEL (Roberto Cipelli)

  • 30 am to 1 pm INSTRUMENT 2nd LEVEL (teachers as assigned)

or MUSIC THEORY  1st LEVEL (Roberto Cipelli – Salvatore Spano)

  • From 3 pm to 4 pm OPEN GROUP REHARSAL (with all teachers and students)
  • From 4 pm to 6.30 pm COMBO MUSIC
  • From 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm HISTORY OF MUSIC (Enrico Merlin)

Afterwards in the evening time,  there will be a concert within the Nuoro Jazz Festival program.

At the end of the day, jam sessions will be organised in a club in Nuoro where students, teachers and musicians that performed at the  concert will have the chance to play together until dawn.

Please note: Nuoro Jazz includes the international master class.  The master class will be held from 3 pm to 5.30 pm on these dates.


At the end of the seminars, the most deserving students will be awarded, at the absolute discretion of the teachers, with the following scholarships:

  • BEST STUDENT of NUORO JAZZ ENSEMBLE. This ensemble will open the Nuoro Jazz Festival the following year. Any further opportunity will be communicated later on. (In 2017 the ensemble performed at the International festival “Time in Jazz” in Berchiedda, and they recorded an original CD).
  • MASSIMO URBANI award: the winner will compete in the final of the “Premio Internazionale Massimo Urbani” of Camerino and Urbisaglia.
  • BILLY SECHI award, the award dedicated to Billy Sechi, Sardinian drummer and jazz icon, that allows the attendance to the “Siena Jazz” seminars the following year.
  • Seminar Reenrolment Scholarship: One student from each class is awarded with a free enrolment to the Nuoro Jazz seminars the following year.
  • Any further award will be communicated to the students during the Seminars.


Teachers and Instrumental and Theoretical Courses: I docenti e le materie d’insegnamento

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