Workshop | Guimbarde with Amaury Le Barde

Sunday 7 July, 16.00 – 18.00 | Settevoci, Castiglione di Sicilia (CT)
Friday 13 July, 16.00 – 18.00 | Castello Ursino


Originally introduced to France via trade routes from the East, the guimbarde (wind chimes) has deep roots in European musical traditions and rituals. In medieval and Renaissance France, it was mainly used as a popular musical instrument in festivals, markets and rural villages. Over the centuries, the guimbarde has maintained its presence in traditional French music, also influencing contemporary folk music and modern musical expressions.


Activities of Workshop


– Level of Beginners:


  • Introduction to the Guimbarde
    History and origin of the guimbarde as a traditional French instrument
  • Exercises Preliminary
    Breathing and pressure control on the wheelbarrow
  • Advanced Techniques
    Exploration of the melodic and harmonic range of the guimbarde
  • Traditional French Repertoire
    Interpretation and style in the execution of the pieces
  • Discussione Finale
    Resources and tips to continue practicing the guimbarde


– Advanced level:


  • Deepening Technical
    Advanced sound techniques: staccato, legato, vibrato on the guimbarde
  • Creative Exploration
    Creation of personal compositions and sound experiments
  • Repertoire Extended
    Study of more complex and virtuosic pieces
  • Artistic Collaboration
    Integration of the guimbarde into larger and more diverse ensembles


Amaury Le Barde, musician and dancer since the age of three, has transformed his passions from pastime to artistic career. After a revelation in a folk bal in 2011, he quit his engineering job to devote himself to music. He decided to deepen his study of his favorite instruments, including the guimbarde (wind chimes), didgeridoo and musical strings, combining them with bodily percussion and a looper to create immersive musical experiences.
In 2012 he recorded the demo “Envole-toi”, and participated in the album “Anthology of the French Wind Blowers”. In 2015, she performed as a soloist at the festival Rêve de l’Aborigène, achieving a great success that influenced her career. In 2018, he decided to devote himself completely to music, creating his own unique style inspired by both traditional repertoire and Geek culture and personal development.
In 2020 he released the EP “Cosmic Bal”, a project that combines music and dance inspired by the worlds of Tolkien. Amaury Le Barde is also the player of wind chimes of the group Breizh Napoli.

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