Children – Young people

After taking part in several workshops given by Jordi Savall’s team, the refugee musicians began, in July 2017, giving their first lessons to children and young people from every nationality, aged 9 to 25 years. These lessons took place in conservatories, schools and social structures receiving refugees. They are the opportunity to discover and pass on knowledge, a culture and a history. They make young people aware of the traditional music of refugees and encourage them, in turn, to sing and play this music.

© Brigitte Grignet

During the workshops, ties were formed between musicians and young people. For some, it allowed them to rediscover their original language and culture. The workshops focused on the love that these uprooted children can have for their past history and culture, and was the chance for them to become reunited with them. The workshops also showed the interest that European children can have for non-European songs, sounds, melodies and rhythms, which are often very different to their immediate cultural environment. They demonstrate, if ever there was a need, the universality of musical language.

© Martí Sancliment

The workshops were held in the following towns: Barcelona, Besançon, Bremen, Dannemarie-sur-Crète, Dijon, Dole, Dortmund, Dresden, Harstad, Le Havre, Nantes, Paris, Saint-Denis and Vesoul.