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Jaka Berger: Creating music with the sounds of the environment

8. November 2021 at 16:00

Workshop for young people aged 14 to 19 in the Miran Jarc Library, Novo mesto

When creating music, the prevailing belief is that it requires a lot of technical equipment and resources, which is not necessarily the case – we can also create music in other very creative ways. With the widespread use of smartphones, users have quickly learned to express themselves through photography, and in a similar way, it is now possible to create music. The aim of the workshop is to show young people how to create their own (pop) song with minimal resources and accessible technology, and at the same time we will try to encourage young people to create and innovate in their own way, without huge amounts of money for technical equipment, studios and other conventional elements. . We will first exchange views on what music is, what music is not, what ways we create music, and the like. We will then go to the field, where we will find and record the sounds from which we will create and record our own song at the end of the workshop, when we return to the “studio”. At the same time, through a conversation about music, we will explore the emotions and emotions that young people face and teach them to express them through sound. In addition to the mentioned activities, a relaxed approach to creation and improvisation will be of key importance at the workshop, which in many ways opens up new self-confidence and expression in the individual. Participants do not need prior knowledge and knowledge of music.

Young people from fourteen to nineteen years of age are invited to join us at the premiere of the workshop entitled Creating Music with the Sounds of the Environment performed by musician and versatile artist Jake Berger, which will be held on Monday, November 8, 2021 from 4 to 7 p.m. Miran Jarc Library (BeRi classroom).

About the mentor

Jaka Berger is one of the most active, most creative and diverse drummers, percussionists, composers and improvisers of the Slovenian music landscape in the last fifteen years. In 2006, he recorded his debut for the Italian label Splasch Records. From 2014 until today, he has been preparing music for a prepared set of drums, with which he regularly publishes solo works, which are regularly published in international publications for improvised music. In 2013, he was the performer of the theatrical hit Let’s Go All! directed by Maret Bulac. He regularly develops the experimental project Party with the visual artist Matej Stupica and gives concerts with the group Darla Smoking. In 2015, he released a record of the composition Treatise by composer Cornelius Cardew. In 2016, he performed his most demanding work, a composition for ten-member orchestra Tentet of the audible life stream. In 2019, he released a record dedicated to composer Morton Feldman in collaboration with pianist Dejan Berden and released records with the Bootleg Unit trio and Fresh Dust trio for the British label FMR Records. The record Fresh Dust trio with pianist Marina Džukljev and guitarist Sam Šalamon was marked as a record in 2019, according to the portal for improvised music Central.

In recent years, he has been conducting percussion and music improvisation workshops and regularly instructing percussion. He regularly complements his knowledge and experience with various musicians and improvisers from all over the world and expands the concept of workshops into a broad collective creation based on improvisation and communication. In this way, he places music in our everyday lives and through it teaches and encourages relationships based on listening, responding, coexisting and collaborating.


The number of participants is limited, so prior registration is required at

The workshop will be conducted in accordance with the applicable measures of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia and the recommendations of the NIJZ.