Thursday, 14th November 2019

II WORKSHOPS  – Club “Tribina mladih”

Workshop led by: MARCO PIGNATARO, BGJI Managing Director & Faculty

Assistant: Milena Jančurić


Global Jazz Performance Pedagogy for the New Millennium 

Through this seminar, music students, teachers and professional musicians will be exposed to ideas, principles and practices involved in teaching contemporary music programs.  Aimed to develop a deeper understanding of the psychological and educational principles of teaching music, attendees will find inspiration in viewing music teaching as a catalyst for human development, while refining their own pedagogical ideas and principles. Marco Pignataro’s inspirational point of view on education stems from his twenty year old experience in educational settings ranging from elementary to university master students and working alongside with renowned Pianist-Composer Danilo Perez to develop the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), one of the world leading jazz program for creative musicians.


The Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors: “Zero Gravity and Beyond”
Led by Marco Pignataro, BGJI Managing Director & Faculty.

A workshop on improvisation and creativity, explaining and illustrating the philosophy and the fundamental ideas taught at the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) is a performance program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines, with pianist and composer Danilo Pérez as its artistic director. The BGJI provides a comprehensive contemporary music environment where students are given opportunities to explore their creativity to the highest level possible, advance the power of music as a tool for the betterment of society, and connect musical creative thinking with the natural environment.



Marco Pignataro Jazz Workshop

14 – 16th November 2019

The workshops are to be held in the Cultural Centre of Novi Sad, 2nd floor, Club “Tribina mladih”


*Application deadline is 12th November 2019


THURSDAY, 14th November

6 – 7pm     Meeting with the workshop students, introductory lesson


FRIDAY, 15th November

10am -12.30pm   Jazz Workshop Ensemble Novi Sad

12.30 -2pm          Break

2 – 3pm               Jazz improvisation

3 – 4pm               Berklee Global Jazz Institute FORUM


SATURDAY, 16th November

10am -12pm        Jazz Workshop Ensemble Novi Sad

12 – 1pm               Jazz pedagogy seminar

1.30 – 3pm           Break

3 – 4pm               Saxophone – instrumental clinic

4.30pm                Mini-concert of the workshop students






Marco Pignataro is a multitalented saxophone player, composer, and educator originally from Bologna, Italy. Together with Danilo Perez, Marco currently leads the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), the world premiere jazz center of musical creativity at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has shared stages with artists such as Eddie Gomez, Joanne Brackeen, Danilo Pérez, George Garzone, John Patitucci, Rufus Reid, Kenwood Dennard, Terri Lyne Carrington, Antonio Sanchez, Ben Street, Brian Lynch, Billy Drummond, Billy Hart, Victor Lewis, Clark Terry, and Jon Faddis, among others. Pignataro performs and tours internationally with several musical groups, including the Marco Pignataro Almas Antiguas Quartet and the Eddie Gomez Quintet, which is featured in the widely acclaimed recent CD Per Sempre (BFM Records). Pignataro’s CD, Sofia’s Heart, was also produced by jazz legend Eddie Gomez and features Pignataro’s compositions and arrangements. Marco Pignataro latest recording for Zoho Records, Almas Antiguas, features a stellar band including Eddie Gomez on bass, Alan Pasqua on piano, Adam Cruz on drums, and George Garzone on tenor saxophone. The music is evocative and powerful, blending modern jazz with shades of the Mediterranean, folk & Latin influences and very lyrical melodies throughout the CD. Pignataro was the director and cofounder of the Jazz and Caribbean Music Department and was the chair of the Jazz Saxophone Department at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. He was also a board member of the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE), the president and founder of the IAJE chapter of Puerto Rico, and faculty at the University of Veracruz International Summer Jazz Seminars. His column, “Style & Influence,” was regularly featured in the quarterly magazine Jazz Improv. Marco serves as the Artistic Director for the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival and as the Educational Adviser for the humanitarian foundation Fedujazz in DR, using music as a tool for social change. Pignataro is a D’Addario Woodwind Performing Artist and endorser for Applied Microphone Technology Wireless System, EGR Ligatures and for Mauriat and Lupifaro saxophones.

On his 2018 ZOHO debut Almas Antiguas (Old Souls), Boston based saxophonist Marco Pignataro presents his all-star quintet. Six original compositions and five arrangements tell a “story of love”, signifying on elements of his Italian and Puerto Rican bloodlines. The music is evocative and powerful, blending modern jazz with shades of Mediterranean, folk & Latin influences. A remarkably cohesive, artistic recital, devoted to vivid melodies and lyrical beauty, in which all members illuminate the roiling emotions and romantic sensibility that underpin the songs.” (Ted Panken)