ABOUT

What is Musicking?

Musicking is a holistic and active approach to music, conceived by the late Christopher Small (1927-2011). The idea is simple, yet surprisingly effective. It involves weaving several disciplines into your musical practice:

  • Listening
  • Singing
  • Playing
  • Movement
  • Composition

At Basel Musicking, you’ll learn that each activity plays an important role in instrumental instruction, and each one is greatly enhanced by participating in the other four. The first step in musicking is learning to listen to music, followed by moving to music, and finally the other three.

We All Have the Beat

Every individual is musical. Just as our hearts keep a steady beat, our lives follow the regular rhythms of nature. At Basel Musicking, we help you find the most natural way to develop your inborn musicality. Whether it’s in our workshops or personal instruction, you get to explore your creativity in an environment completely free of competition and comparison. Our aim? To help you add something new to the world. And, best of all, you will have lots of fun making music.

 

Meet the Musicians

At Basel Musicking, you will find that we are a group of dedicated and passionate musicians, who strongly believe music should play a big part in your daily life. We want to pass on our passion for music. Therefore we have created a free atmosphere where everybody can experience music in a new fun way.

BABAK MAHMUDIAN

Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, ever since I can remember, music, dance, and singing have always been an important part of my life. Growing up, I took private piano lessons and learned music theory, and even my free time was spent improvising on the piano. I discovered my real love for music through Mozart, treasuring the cassette I bought of his last symphonies at age 11. By then, I had only one goal for my life: to become a composer. I followed my dream, traveling to Austria when I turned 17 to study Composition. Afterwards, my path brought me to beautiful Basel, Switzerland. It was here that I finished my studies with a Master’s degree in Harpsichord and music pedagogy. I have since organized several concerts with music of my own composition. Now, nothing gives me greater joy than passing on my fire through teaching. I believe deeply that the creative approach to music is the only meaningful manner of musicking.

VERA HILTBRUNNER

I was born in Bern, Switzerland, spending my childhood inventing stories and singing loudly while hiking up mountains. At the age of six I started taking Violin lessons and later, during my teenage years, joined a youth choir where my passion for singing took fire. In 2016 I completed my Masters in vocal studies at the Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Tilburg (NL), following my Bachelor of Music at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel. I perform regularly as a soloist in Switzerland and The Netherlands. This year I am a participant of the atélier lyrique génération Baroque 2018 and will make my role debut as Cupido in Reinhard Keiser's Diana où la vengeance de Cupido. In 2016 I interpreted the role of Anne Frank in Grigory Frid's Mono-Opera The Diary of Anne Frank at the renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In the same year I made my role debut as Adele in J. Strauss’ Die Fledermaus and performed as an understudy with the Dutch opera company Opera2day. I am very invested in baroque music and ensemble singing. In 2016 I made my Utrecht Early Music Fringe Festival debut with the vocal ensemble The Calliope Consort and sang in the project San Marco in Gelderland of the NJO 2015 festival under the baton of Etienne Siebens.
Together with cornettist Jedediah Allen and harpsichordist Andreas Westermann I founded the baroque music Ensemble La Casella in 2016. The focus of this collaboration lies on the interplay between the human voice and the cornetto. In 2016 our tour commenced with the programme Feast and Famine.

Now it is my pleasure to help others discover and develop their own voice talent at Basel Musicking.

 

ANDRI LEONARDO

I grew up in a musical family in Basel, Switzerland, being exposed from an early age to both classical and modern music, and encouraged to pursue it either as a hobby or professionally. After receiving my musical education at the Musik-Akademie Basel and the Swiss Jazz School in Bern, I graduated from the renown Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA in 1999. I recorded a rock music album with my band, Devas, and played the Boston and New York scenes before discovering Los Angeles. I moved there in 2003 and began composing music, including work for Hollywood productions. A major label eventually signed me in 2008. My favorite instruments are piano, guitar, and my voice, while one of my greatest passions is teaching music. It’s this love that led me to Basel Musicking, to give back as a “thank you” for all the success I have enjoyed in my life.

YASMINA BAUER

Since I was child growing up in Provence, France, my great passion is to listen, sing, play, and move to music. I always invited friends to private concerts at my home to share the joy of music, and for those who wanted to explore music by learning an instrument, I helped find teachers. Through those experiences I witnessed the extraordinary positive and transformative effect music has on our lives. Now, my desire is to work with professional musicians to create an environment that will allow many more people, including adults and children, to experience music by listening, singing, playing, composing, and moving. My education includes a PhD in Sciences from the University of Basel, and I’ve been a research scientist and manager for 20+ years in the pharmaceutical industry. The communication, leadership, and organizational skills I’ve acquired, plus my interest in education, have helped make Basel Musicking a reality. I look forward to enriching many people’s lives.