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 2014 Edition (9-17 July): “Women in Music”
It is with great pleasure that I announce that, for the 8th time, we will meet again in the hills across from the medieval city of Volterra in Tuscany, Italy, for 8 more days of intense work and creative learning in one of the most enchanting and inspiring settings of the world!
This year's edition, “Women in Music”, will feature four women in the performing arts.
In addition to Antigoni Goni, we will host Gaëlle Solal as visiting artist and Guitar Master Class teacher, Clarice Assad with her unique seminar VOXploration, and the American businesswoman and multi instrumentalist Nana Simopoulos as the teacher of the "Business of Music" seminars.
As an exceptional addition, the Volterra Project is proud to present the Italian premiere of the one-hour documentary Sharon Isbin: Troubadour, the first full-scale documentary of Sharon Isbin.
The choice of the staff for this edition was not a neutral one: it has always been part of the Volterra Project's mission to promote different and wider perspectives on the guitar world and strengthen the elements of innovation in an ongoing effort to provide always renewed sources of inspiration to our students. An all female performers faculty, which, in addition to excellence in playing, developed innovative and creative approaches to artistic expression, will be a wonderful and unique source of inspiration for all our students, male and female alike.
Finally, in addition to the Physiology of Music course taught by the Dutch Alexander Technique expert Bonno Lange we are also happy to present a very innovative seminar: Video Analysis of music performance by Maurizio Villa, guitar professor at the Conservatory of S.Pietro a Majella of Naples, in which he will apply high-speed framerate sport video recording techniques to analyze the participants' guitar performance.
Clarice Assad is a sought after composer, arranger, producer, pianist, and vocalist of musical depth and ability. In a magically attuned synergy with our approach to the importance of the body for a performing artist, Clarice will bring to the Volterra Project her unique workshop VOXploration in which, through free vocal improvisation, the participants will be encouraged to express themselves through music in a judgment-free, creative environment. Only the body will be used as a musical instrument, and participants will explore high levels of creativity both individually and within a group.
Gaelle Solal is a French guitarist of the new generation who, in addition of being a wonderful guitarist, has developed a unique and original way of interaction with her audience. She will be working daily with the students on technique and will present her very original use of theatrical and circus skills to free on stage expressivity and communication with the audience.
We decided to invite Clarice and Gaëlle to this edition also because they wonderfully fit a recurrent theme of the Volterra Project. This is not immediately connected to the instrument but to the entire universe surrounding it: a space often-ignored by mainstream academia and guitar teachers. We are convinced that the fullness of an artist should not be one-dimensional, but, instead, lays in the exploration and mastery of a multiplicity of diverse skills, The ability to think, play, and feel encompassing an entire palette of abilities and experiences is one of the key for the rise of an artist instead of the building of perfect but inexpressive instrumentists.
As an exceptional addition, the Volterra Project is proud to present the Italian premiere of the one-hour documentary Sharon Isbin: Troubadour, the first full-scale documentary of Sharon Isbin, “the world’s premier classical guitarist [. . .] and teacher who over the course of her career has broken through numerous barriers to rise to the top of a traditionally male-dominated field“
Of course, the Volterra Project will also present the other two traditional curricular streams: the Business of Music seminars taught by the American businesswoman and multi instrumentalist Nana Simopoulos, and the classes of Music Physiology given by the Dutch Alexander Technique expert Bonno Lange.
As mentioned before, this year the Music Physiology classes will be integrated by the seminar Video Analysis of Music Performance by Maurizio Villa, guitar professor at the Conservatory of S.Pietro a Majella of Naples. The seminar will apply fast frame rate sport video recording techniques to record the students performance. The footage will then be screened for a postural and dynamical exam to identify mistakes, unbalances, and deviation from the “correct” body posture.
Finally, again this year, in addition to the above, the Volterra Project is also proud to present 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.