Ocarina makers

If you can build ocarinas, artistic whistles or ethnic musical instruments you should participate in the OCARINAFESTIVAL 2017 and register as “ocarina maker”! Participation is free and you only have to fill in the form by April 1, 2017. If available, it is possible to have a table (2m. x 1m.) to show your instruments during the local markets. All exhibitors are advised to set their works with name and geographical origin.

These are the first ocarina makers that have registered to participate in the Ocarinafestival 2017 edition! It is possible to sign up until April 1 2017.

Lorenzo Benini (Funo di Argelato –  Italy)

Lorenzo Benini (Funo di Argelato - Bologna Italia)

Lorenzo Benini (Funo di Argelato – Italy)

He is a stringed istruments maker and has artistic woodworking skills. He has been building wooden ocarinas since 2013.

Davide Vivaldi (Rovereto – Trento, Italy)

Davide Vivaldi (Italia)

Davide Vivaldi (Rovereto – Trento, Italy)

I’m a sculptor who works with different types of material and recently I have been making ocarinas, whistles and other clay objects.

Francesco Moliterni (Italy)

Francesco Moliterni (Matera - Italia)

Francesco Moliterni (Matera – Italy)

It has been five years, after teaching english in middle school and after approaching pottery, since I discovered the magic world of ocarina. It’s wonderful to see how a piece of clay can become a musical instrument.

Luca Fiorio (Italy)

Luca Fiorino

Luca Fiorio (Italy)

A few years ago I started making cuchis, typical terracotta whistles shaped like animals. This came to me while thinking what to give to my five grandchildren, I wanted it to be a special gift. In time I began to mold white pottery to colour the cuchis and make them into little majolicas in Bassano’s ceramic style, representing as faithfully as possible the bird species living in our territory. It’s a complex job, but a very satisfying one because even the children belonging to the digital world are attracted to this, and it also broadens the feeling of nostalgia for yesterday’s children. I’m not an artist, but I like to make people happy with my handmade work.

Giorgio Cataldi – (Como – Italy)

Giorgio Cataldi - (Como)

Giorgio Cataldi – (Como – Italy)

Giorgio Cataldi - (Como)

Giorgio Cataldi – (Como – Italy)

Monochamber ocarinas alto and soprano with different sound pressure levels. They have from 10 to 13 holes in red clay, white clay and porcelain and they are made with Italian/Eastern or Japanese/Taiwanese details. The ocarina double bass C7 has three weights: 500 gr, 750 gr, 1150 gr.

Claudio Colombo – Cavandone (Verbania –  Italy)

 Claudio Colombo - Cavandone (Verbania, Italia)

Claudio Colombo – Cavandone (Verbania – Italy)

Master ceramist very active in research and sperimentation on ocarinas with double and triple chamber. www.clacol.it

Fabio Menaglio (Budrio – Italy)

Fabio Menaglio e Saida

Fabio Menaglio and Saida

Fabio Menaglio began as ocarina maker in 1989. His style is inspired by the ocarinas made by Cesare Vicinelli (1841-1920), which is considered the “Stradivarius” among old Budrio ocarina makers. The groups from Budrio play with Menaglio ocarinas. Some years ago Saida begun to help him. Now she is even better than him as ocarina maker!

Giovanna Zannini (Belluno, Italy)

Giovanna Zannini

Giovanna Zannini (Belluno, Italy)

Active as ceramist since 2000, following the tradition of “cucari” of Veneto. She leads workshops on ceramics.

Ross Dubois (USA)

Ross Dubois

Ross Dubois (USA)

Oberon Ocarinas are produced by the artistic team of ocarina maker Ross Dubois and sculptor Ærica DiPonzio. Their focus is primarily 12 hole Ocarinas with their signature Saggar fire effects and their finely sculpted English pendants. www.facebook.com/oberonocarinas

Olivier Gosselink (France)

Olivier Gosselink

Olivier Gosselink

Olivier started to build ocarinas in 1986. His mother was a ceramic artist, so since his childhood he has been familiar with ovens, clay and glazes. He has graduated in flute at the Conservatory of Toulouse. Rather than devote himself to teaching music, he preferred to move to Spain and become a builder of ocarinas. He currently lives in a town 50 km north of Lyon, and continues to make ocarinas and concerts. Cyrylle Mercadier is another solo artist appreciated in Budrio (Festival 2004, 2009 and 2011) and he plays his own ocarina.

Christoph Hense (Schopfheim – Germany)

Christophe Hense and Michael Schubert Duo

Christophe Hense and Michael Schubert Duo


Ha imparato a costruire ocarine da Olivier Gosselink nel 2010.
Christoph Hense learned making ocarinas from Olivier Gosselink in 2010. He is visiting the festival with his mentor Michael Schubert. http://www.ocarina-studio.com

Kurt Posch (Austria)

Kurt Posch

Kurt Posch (Austria)

He is a very well-known ocarina maker in the Austrian folk music world. He has been building ocarinas since 1993. He plays an important part in the technic advancement of the ocarina making. www.ocarina.at

Hans e Karin Rotter (Oberkapell – Austria)

Hans Rotter

Hans Rotter – Ocarinamusic (Austria)

Hans e Karin Rotter
Hans e Karin Rotter (Austria)

Hans Rotter On our journeys across Asia we discovered different ceramic flutes for the first time. After we acquired a good knowledge and skills, we had the idea of producing ocarinas on our own. In 1987 we produced our first ocarinas made of terracotta clay in South India and played music on them at festivals and in markets. People’s interest in our instruments was great and so we started selling ocarinas once in a while. After some time we decided to produce ceramic instruments on a large scale and moved to England to establish a small ocarina workshop. In the end of 1988 we produced different shapes in Doncaster and sold them in markets throughout England. In 1989 we moved to Austria and established the current Ocarina-Workshop in Oberkappel in the Mühlviertel of Upper Austria. Due to the constantly growing interest, we decided to register our business “Musikinstrumente aus Ton” (“musical instruments made of clay”) in 1990. By now, our company has gained a very good reputation and we sell our products in several markets all over Europe. International business contacts have also been established. Thanks to our shared pleasure in music, we became a small group of friends and because of the cheerful and friendly working atmosphere we enjoy introducing you to these pleasantly sounding and well tuned ocarinas.

Giorgio Pacchioni (Italy)

Giorgio Pacchioni

Ocarine di Giorgio Pacchioni

Born in Emilia Romagna, fond of the cultural traditions of his homeland and classically trained musician, he has been playing ocarina since the 60s, learning to use it mainly by himself. In the early 80s he started to build the first entirely handmade ocarinas, with a technique that he keeps still, by analyzing and studying the ancient tools of the first brilliant ocarina builders of Budrio and following the advice of the precious ocarina manufacturer A. Mignani. At the same time he founded the chamber music group “The boun and the Strapazzoun”, devoted to performances of folk music from Emilia Romagna and of its danceable style compositions. Later he founded the “Ensemble 900″ with whom he performs the classical repertoire of historical Budrio Ocarina with public and critique approval. He plays of course, in one person, the role of various historical figures related to Italian ocarina culture: 1) Manufacturer and designer of new models such as the ocarinas of various harmony nature, such as Ocarina handset, Ocarina bagpipes, Ocarina to third twins, Ocarina multicamera-P (double, triple and quadruple). 2) Performer and conductor of ocarina groups (see the list below for record and digital recordings). 3) Composer and arranger of many compositions for various ocarinas, for teaching, classical and experimental purposes.

Hans Houkes (Holland)

Hans Houkes

Hans Houkes

My name is Hans Houkes from www.stonewhistle.com. For more than 35 years now I have been making a growing variety of ancient and new ceramic instruments. I have been to many festivals and exhibitions in Europe and in some of those locations I gave demonstrations and I organized workshops. Budrio was on my bucket list for a long time already! In these last years I developed new instruments like Stonewhistles (Xun-like meditation flutes) and also Huacas; multivesselflutes with two melody chambers (with each more than an octave) and a 4-note drone at the back that is played with the palm of the hands. These rare instruments were originally invented by Sharon Rowell from San Fransisco, but she doesn’t make them anymore and the Huaca was doomed to end. With the help of Sharon Rowell herself and Alan Tower, a professional Huacaplayer and multi instrumentalist from LA, after two years I can proudly say that at the moment I’m the only professional Huacamaker well known. We are really happy to be able to travel together to Budrio this year and to present and demonstrate the Huaca and my instruments there! See you in Budrio!

Giuliano Calcagno (Italy)

Giuliano Calcagno

Giuliano Calcagno

I build wind instruments using wood such as chalumeau, bagpipes, plastic flutes, and also string instruments like the box guitar, lutes and guitars using recycled material for the body (cans or wood), while the handles and keyboards are designed in a classic way.

Laura Chiavegato (Verona – Italy)

Laura Chiavegato (Verona - Italia)

Laura Chiavegato (Verona – Italy)

Laura Chiavegato lives in Isola della Scala, in the province of Verona. Curious to experience the ceramic material, in 2015 she discovered the world of “Venetian Cucari” and she soon became a creator of mono whistles and painted instruments. The testing of materials and shapes is continuous and the latest productions are lanterns decorated with graffiti incisions. Eager to spread knowledge of ceramics, she organizes educational workshops for schools and families at the farmhouse San Gabriele (VR).

Noble Ocarina (Korea)

Noble (Corea)

Noble (Korea)

Born in 2006, Noble Ocarina has now become the main manufacturer of ocarinas in Korea. It produces over 11 types of ocarina, all of excellent quality (even plastic ones: try it!), and at very cheap prices. Recently Noble is working to spread Budrio’s tradition of the settimino of ocarinas in Korea and throughout Asia. www.nobleocarina.net

Benvenuto Fecchio (Rovigo, Italy)

Benvenuto Fecchio

Benvenuto Fecchio (Rovigo, Italy)

He carries on, with his wife Josephine, a family tradition of building artistic whistles started by his father Idelmo, and recently he has added the construction of ocarinas and true Settimini played by Grillara Ocarina Group. Thanks to intensive educational activities dedicated to schools, his farm/museum “The ocarina” has become one of the attractions of the Parco del Delta del Po. Web site: www.ocarinadelpo.it

Anna e Maurizio Moretti (Verona – Italy)

Anna e Maurizio

Anna e Maurizio

Anna e Maurizio

Anna e Maurizio ocarinas

Maurizio Moretti lives and works artistically in Nogara (Vr); cabinetmaker and art conservator by profession, since 2008 he became deeply involved in Steiner’s art therapy as a sculptor and recently as a manufacturer of whistles and clay ocarinas, his great passions. In the same way it happened before with wood, he now claims to be a terracotta artisan. A refined manual skill consolidated over time and a considerable talent led him in a few years to improve the sound and musical effect of simple whistles, up to the creation of real ocarina intruments. The participation to Budrio Festival, on the Delta del Po’ latest editions, and to the Ocarina Festival and Artistic Whistle of Nogara 2016 (as well as organizer for the latter) is part of a path of inspiration and comparison, different from the ultimate goal, which is to create real high quality musical instruments. Together with his life companion and business partner, Anna, he offers single-topic workshops aimed especially to children for the creation and enhancement of historic whistles. Maurizio is paricularly sensitive to issues of social order, respect of the environment and its creatures, and also to dialogue-comparison between various cultures in embracing diversity. He loves Mother Nature deeply, so much that he doesn’t eat animal meat and he believes he has to constantly work with himself to contribute to a healthy balance of the entire planet. He identifies with a deep culture and with a spiritual sensibility; from jogiche and meditative activities to biological cultures and the exclusive use of natural remedies of self-healing. In this context it arises and increases the artistic and poetic blend of Maurizio with his wife Anna, who was also a supporter of the projects mentioned so far.

Zong Pei (China)

ZongPei Zang - Cina

ZongPei Zang – Cina

My hometown has more than a thousand years of tradition of making clay whistles as toys in Yimeng mountains. I have been making clay whistles and ocarinas for 7 years. Our factory was born in March 2011. Now we have developed ocarinas from 4 holes to 12 holes and double chambers made of clay and porcelain with different opaque finishings. Our website: www.coolhome.cn 

Letu Ocarina (China)

Yimin Hou

Yimin Hou (China)

Letu Ocarina

Letu Ocarina (China)

Letu Ocarina is established and produced by Mr. Hou Yimin, probably the only professional wooden ocarina maker of Mainland China. Letu wooden products include the series of 7-part ocarina ensemble, triple-pipe ocarina, quarter-pipe ocarina and 6-hole mini necklace ocarina.

Octave Ocarina (China)

Octave Ocarina

Octave Ocarina (China)

Beijing Octave Music Science & Technology Company was established in 2013, and the company’s main business is trade and manufacture in musical field. The Octave Company locates at the national music business center, Chinese Music Valley in Pinggu District, Beijing. The goal of the Company is to produce the best ocarina with high quality for the music lovers from worldwide.

Giuseppe Siggia and Vittoria Moretta (Italy)

Giuseppe Siggia e Vittoria Moretta

Giuseppe Siggia and Vittoria Moretta

We are Giuseppe Siggia and Vittoria Moretta, two musicians of the province of Turin and ocarina enthusiasts. For two years we have been devoting ourselves to the creation and development of Huaca ocarinas with the aim of enhancing the value of this instrument, not yet very known and sometimes underestimated. https://www.facebook.com/emptyinstruments

Genitori Scuola Comunale di Ocarina di Budrio (Italy)

Genitori Scuola Comunale di Ocarina di Budrio

Genitori Scuola Comunale di Ocarina di Budrio

We are the parents of the children who attend the Municipal School “Vincenzino Grimaldi” of Budrio. To support the school and young people who bring to the world an ancient instrument of Budrio tradition, we made Ocarina gadgets, completely handmade. Each piece is unique and for the Festival, that you don’t want to miss, we have made a Limited Edition Magnet of Ocarina Festival 2017. See you in Budrio.

Perdintorni – percussioni e dintorni (Italy)

Perdintorni (Italia)

Perdintorni (Italy)

PERDINTORNI is a project created with the desire to study, internalize, share music in its various forms. Conceived in 1998 it has developed into workshops, exhibitions, concerts, events, creating moments of meeting, confrontation which lasted until today. Traveling exhibition of musical instruments from various parts of the world: exhibition of a wide range of instruments from various traditions, places and cultures of the 5 continents. Banquet instruments: construction and production of self-made craft tools with various recycled materials. www.perdintorni.it – video

Giuseppe De Lazzer – Belluno (Italy)

Giuseppe De Lazzer - Belluno (Italia)

Giuseppe De Lazzer – Belluno (Italy)

Giuseppe De Lazzer lives and works in Feltre (Belluno province). He has been painting and creating handmade pottery for about 30 years. In the last years he has deepened his aesthetic research, devoting himself mostly to the re-creation of the objects of Venetian tradition (the “cuchi” whistles). He likes to try new techniques with special emphasis on the Raku technique. He actively participated in local exhibitions of art and culture.

Renato Dalla Costa (Italy)

Renato Dalla Costa

Renato Dalla Costa

He graduated from Venezia’s Art School and he specialised in pottery. Ten years ago he took an interest in terracotta instruments for educational reasons, he was fascinated by the art of whistle making and also cukis and ocarinas. During his travels he kept studying these instruments and his curiosity brought him to the creation of a particular wind instrument, completely in terracotta and handmade, that he called “figulino”, inspired by the latin name “figulo” which means “the one who shapes terracotta artworks”. This “figulino” belongs to the ocarina and flute family group, but it has some kind of richness, a different timbre that makes it an original and unique instrument. During his researches he finds encouragement and support to his ideas in two pro musicians with great knowledge and experience: Emiliano Bernagozzi and Franco Massaglia.