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As a pedagogue and member of the Deutscher Tonkuensterverband, the musician is dedicated to training young instrumentalists in the subjects of guitar, ukulele and charango as a private instrumental teacher and also in school cooperation projects.


Many of his didactic stage projects and ensemble arrangements were realized under his leadership in schools and music schools in Germany, Japan and South America.


As a lecturer and ensemble leader, he received teaching assignments at the University of Kassel.

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"In my own musical education, I was strongly influenced by South American music, with its improvisational and rhythmic freedom, and the classical school, which I experienced during my music studies at the music academy in Kassel.


Improvisation as part of music education

As a musician rooted in folklore and improvisation, I missed touching and dealing with improvisation as a musician's direct personal means of expression in classical music education. Unfortunately, improvisation has lost its place in classical music education, which was different in the Baroque period. The technique of improvisation has survived in South American folklore to this day.

In my projects with young musicians, the idea of introducing them to improvisation is of central importance. Young instrumentalists: those who are introduced to improvisation during their classical instrumental training open up a new perspective in dealing with their own music-making.

My projects with children and young people seek this combination of classical and improvisational means of expression. In addition to group improvisation, I work in my compositions with improvisation exercises based on South American dances and rhythms.”


A didactic suite in achtsentencesn for orchestra on South American rhythms


Animal music from South America for orchestra, instrumental ensembles, speakers, dancers and more -musically presented by young musiciansn

premiere 2006:in cooperation with theClub KZWO10in the EON Hall Kassel with the participation of the middle school orchestra of the Friedrichsgymnasium Kassel, instrumental ensembles ofMusic school in Kasseland the dance department of theMusic School Baunatal.


Around 80 children took part. The artistMaya Oschmanndrew all the animals shown for the projections.

To the other performances


Inspired by Horacio Quiroga's short story Las medias de los flamencos (The stockings of the flamingos) from the children's book "Cuentos de la selva" (Tales of the Jungle)

ZurShort story "The Stockings of the Flamingos" by Horacio Quiroga

Principle of the composerabout this colorful stage play with and for children: By dealing with the DANZAS DEL AMAZONAS not only to develop joy in playing South American rhythms but also to gain new experiences in the exciting field of improvisation.

More about the musical jungle animals

to the individual sentences

“Diego Jascalevich, musical author of the work, is one of the best charango players in the world. (...) A school festival with magical charisma! Such an evening proves that in this crisis-ridden world, children's imagination of this wonderful creation can become reality for hours.”

Argentine Press, 2007


All drawings of the participating animals were penned by the Argentine artist Sebastian Maisa

Performance at Auditorio Belgrano, Bunes Aires Argentina 2007

Danzas del Amazonas

Guerra de Yacares

War of the Yacares

Orchestral Suitein three movements – a music project for youth orchestras

A Musically Ecological Message  - Inspired by short stories by the Uruguayan writer Horacio Quiroga (La guerra de los yacarés, 1918)

Premiere 2007:Ballhaus Kassel
In cooperation with the orchestra of the Friedrich Gymnasium Kassel under the direction of Eduard Menzel

This was followed by engagements to realize these stage plays in collaboration with youth orchestras in Marburg, Darmstadt, Buenos Aires, Catamarca (Argentina), Tokyo and Hiroshima (Japan).

The content of this fairytale story is unsurpassed in its ecological message. A concrete reference is made to the problem of the Uruguay border river, which separates Argentina and Uruguay from one another and is now faced with ecological chaos because of a Finnish cellulose factory.

One of Horacio Quiroga's “Tales of the Forest (Cuentos de la selva)”, which is now one of the most important examples of Argentine-Uruguayan literature, tells of a war between the Yacarés (Caimans) and a warship. This warship threatens the river's ecosystem as it drives away small fish, which in turn are a source of food for the yacaras. The terrified yacarés join forces with the surubi (a river fish two meters tall) to fight against injustice and for their survival.

The sentences
Milonga del Surubi, (Rhythm of the Milonga campera)
Guerra de Yacarés (Rhythm of the Murga)

Guerra de Yacarés

Sinfonía Sudaca

Jubilee composition for youth orchestra

80 young musicians:Students from Brazil and Ecuador rehearsed and gave concerts in the project "World Orchestra Kassel" in cooperation with music school students and school orchestras in Kassel.

Premiere 2013in the auditorium of the Heinrich Schütz School in Kassel with the participation of around 80 musicians.

The Sinfonía Sudaca is an orchestral work for youth orchestras in three movements, which was written on the occasion of the project "World Orchestra Kassel 2013" - music brings the world into harmony for the 1100th anniversary of the city of Kassel.

The fusion of Latin American rhythms with great orchestral sound is the guiding principle of this composition.

The orchestra "pre-juvenil del conservatorio superior nacional" from Quito, Ecuador (directed by Diego Carrión) and the orchestra Criancas Cidada from Recife, Brazil (directed by Gustavo de Paco), the orchestra of the Friedrich Gymnasium Kassel (directed by Eduard Menzel), and the orchestra "mundo armonico" Kassel (directed by Diego Jascalevich)

The sentences
Baiao (Rhythm from Northern Brazil)
Bolero (rhythm from Central America)
Son (rhythm from Cuba)

Sinfonía Sudaca

Little Red Riding Hood

Pure improvisation!


A stage work for orchestrar, speaker, illustrator and projection in cooperation with the Nagisa School, Hiroshima (Japan)

Premiere 2017:Hiroshima, Japan in cooperation with the Nagisa School Hiroshima

Little Red Riding Hood is an improvisational work of art with videoLive projections, resulting drawings based on scenes from the fairy tale and spontaneous interaction of a group improvisational orchestra. Conductor, draftsman, musicians and speakers enter into a close and yet free connection with each other in this joint process, which is unique in the truest sense of the word!

Image direction (Marco di Carlo), live drawing (Oliver Gerke), recitation (Julia Dernbach) and improvised music (Diego Jascalevich), in the studio of the Offener Kanal Kassel

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