The Volterra Project is an innovative experiment in classical guitar training offering a 360 degree formative course with highest level guitar master classes, music physiology training, and music business management seminars taught by experienced, internationally renowned professionals.
The mission of the Volterra Project is to help young guitarists develop well-rounded and non-competitive approaches to performing, to foster a generation of accomplished young guitarists who are prepared for the multiple aspects of performing careers, and to bring the guitar outside traditional performance venues into places of community access.
Presentation of the 2015 Edition (17-25 July): “Journeys”
Im happy and proud to invite young guitarists from around the world to join us for eight days of intense work and creative learning in one of the most enchanting and inspiring settings of the world!
This 2015 edition, is dedicated to a major thread which united participants to the Volterra Project since the very first edition in 2007: the intricacy of their “Journeys”. By this we mean not only the obvious physical journey, but also and above all, the spiritual and artistic journey that each of us undertook by choosing to be a musician, a professional performer, an artist; each and every one of us with its amazing complexity and uniqueness.
This 9th edition will feature two wonderful US-based guitarists whose incredible life epitomizes the very notion of “Journey”, showing of how the complexity and diversity of experiences are elements of infinite artistic richness: the Armenian guitarist Gohar Vardanyan and the Cuban born Rene Izquierdo.
The other two traditional curricular pillars of the Volterra Project will be taught by two returning instructors: the Business of Music by the American businesswoman and multi instrumentalist Nana Simopoulos, and the Music Physiology by the Dutch Alexander Technique expert Bonno Lange.
After the enormous success of the 2014 workshops, and the passion shown by the students for the total body sessions, we are convinced of the importance and the centrality of this kind of experiences in the formation of a global approach to performing art. This is why, in addition to this curricular activity, we are delighted to present two additional workshops: Circle singing technique and improvisation, presented by Nana Simopoulos, and Continuum Movement for Musicians by Caryn Heilman.
The great enthusiasm and interest Video Analysis of Music Performance raised in last edition, helped us to ask Maurizio Villa to present againhis workshop in the frame of our Music Physiology classes. In this workshop, using fast frame rate sport video recording techniques applied to the analysis of guitar playing, proceeds to postural and dynamical exam to identify unbalances and deviation from the “correct” body posture
Finally, as it is by now a traditional appointment, in addition to the above, the Volterra Project is also proud to host a day of presentations from several of the most acclaimed Italian Luthiers who will present their instruments, explain the process of guitar building, giving young guitarist an original perspective on their instruments and make them discover the importance of the synergy of luthiers and guitarists in the creation of the instrument.