Gypsy on the Mountain - Kientalerhof

Gypsy on the Mountain


13. Jul. 2023 - 10:00 Uhr -
16. Jul. 2023 - 17:00 Uhr


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Balkan music: the time has come…

The potential for the further development of current balkan music is being realised on stages, at parties and in clubs all over the globe. Musicians of any age and origin are infected by this sound.

! Students and not yet employed people receive a 15% discount on the course price (on the course price only)

Course content

The special thing about this course is the close supervision in a personal frame. We will give participants ideas and proposals from the rich repertoire of balkan music to take home with them so that their arrangements will really start grooving.
We will play by scores, by ear and by cord patterns. At the core of our activity will be a joyful `learning by doing`. Everyone - whether with much or little music experience - will profit!

Target group

This workshop is for musicians of any genre who want to learn, further develop and experience the soul of gypsy, balkan and klezmer music.


It is advisable to have a good capacity to play an instrument. But you do not need to have any previous knowledge of world music.

Course Instructor

Course teacher


is a violinist that is in high demand and has a charismatic stage presence. She studied music science and classic violin and has played concerts all over the world. Her interest in eastern European music has led her to world music. Since 1984 she has been teaching world music courses and seminars in an inspiring way, she has been developing these seminars together with other musicians in Switzerland. She teaches internationally in the klezmer- and balkan scene. A concert, a workshop or a master class with Monique is always an unforgettable experience.

Course teacher


growing up in New York, he used to hear the Yiddish singing of his grand parents and the dance music from eastern Europe at family celebrations. His way of playing the guitar reflects these early influences as well as the folk, rock, funk and blues traditions of his American home. After more than 40 years of experience as a performer and a musician in the field of blues, rock, folk, classic and world music he is continuously willing to be surprised by himself and his fellow musicians.

Course teacher

Nehrun ALIEV

comes from a Turkish-speaking musical family of Northern Macedonia. As a child he learned to play various instruments (darabuka, piano, clarinet, keyboard, accordion, tapan and kaval) and became familiar with the numerous styles of local folk music. From 2001-03 Nehrun Aliev studied classical music at the Professional Music School in Bitola, majoring in clarinet and minoring in piano. In 2003-05 he completed his preliminary studies at the Winterthur Conservatory and played clarinet in the Winterthur Youth Symphony Orchestra. He also played in the oriental gypsy formation Ssassa, with whom he gave over 1000 concerts, including at the Volkshaus and Kongresshaus Zurich, the KKL Lucerne and the Tonhalle St. Gallen. In 2010, Nehrun Aliev graduated from the Zurich University of the Arts with a Master of Arts in Music Education/Clarinet and subsequently completed a second Master's degree in School Music. He teaches at a high school in Winterthur and leads workshops, seminars and courses at the music associations Galotti Zurich and VTi (folk dance & dance music international). In addition, he founded the Aliev Bleh Orkestar and family ensemble Tayfa with his father. Since 2014 he plays as a permanent member of the internationally known Balkan band Sebass. Other international projects are Vadane, Hüma and Sangam. Translated with (free version)

Course costs

CHF 745 (excl. accommodation, meals and tourist tax)

Prices per person for full board and lodging for 3 nightsCHF
Single occupancy of 2-bed-room clay or wood100 with shower/toilet738.00
2-bed-room clay or wood100 with shower/toilet558.00
Single occupancy of 2-bed-room with shower/toilet588.00
1-bed-room with shower/toilet558.00
Single occupancy of 2-bed-room, shower/toilet on floor528.00
2-bed-room with shower/toilet453.00
2-bed-room, shower/toilet on floor423.00
3-bed-room with shower/toilet423.00
3-bed-room, shower/toilet on floor363.00
4-bed-room, shower/toilet on floor333.00

Personal advice

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Sarah Waldhauser