Workshop | Friscaletto, Flute and Double Flutes with Maltese, Perna and Garelli, Sergio, Corso

Saturday 6 July 2024, 17.00 – 19.00 | Settevoci, Casatiglione di Sicilia (CT)
Friday 12 July 2024, 16.00 – 18.00 | Castello Ursino


The workshop of friscaletto and double flutes is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the Sicilian musical tradition, exploring one of the most emblematic pastoral instruments of the island: the straight reed flute, locally known as friscalettu, whistle, frautu, and other regional names.


Activities of the Workshop


  • Knowledge of the Tools
    Introduction to the distinctive features of the various models of friscalettu, which will be made available during the laboratory for the use of participants
  • Technique of Sound
    Learning the fundamental techniques to produce clean and melodic sounds, including the correct position of the fingers and the use of the diaphragm for breath control
  • Study of the Repertoire
    Exploration of traditional Sicilian songs, starting from the simplest to the most complex, with attention to the rhythms and structures of typical dances
  • Execution of the Group
    Participation in sessions of ensemble music, allowing participants to play together and recreate the atmosphere of traditional Sicilian festivals


The workshop is aimed at anyone who wants to deepen the knowledge of this instrument, to those who already play it and to those who approach it for the first time. The instruments, all tuned in the same shade, will be provided during the lessons, ensuring all participants a complete and authentic experience.


Giorgio Maltese is a multi-instrumentalist from Catania engaged for many years in the research and enhancement of oral music in Sicily. He plays numerous instruments such as marranzano, tamburello, zampogna, mandolin and violin. He learned from elderly musicians and shepherds to build and play different types of firscaletti and double Sicilian flutes, and it is thanks to his field research that we will have the honor of having among the guests of the festival several traditional players. He has collaborated with many artists of various musical genres and participated in numerous festivals, also promoting the Sicilian musical heritage internationally through exhibitions, workshops and training courses.

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