In the first ten editions of the Volterra Project, students repeatedly emphasized that in their previous learning experiences they never tackled issues of business of music, and of interaction body/instrument in the way and on the extent proposed at the Volterra Project. They also stressed how the few days of workshop have already been sufficient to trigger in their mind a transformative experience and they expressed their determination to continue to cultivate the particular approach they discovered at the Volterra Project.
This is why in organizing this 11th edition of the Volterra Project we felt a mix of pride for the success of the Project and of excitement for the beginning a second decade of innovation, of challenges, and of artistry. We realized that the Volterra Project had grown into something that transcended our initial hopes. The evaluations that we collected through the years, the comments and inputs from the past students and the artists alike, describe the Volterra Project as a unique and transformative experience in which the Volterra Project acts as a sort of “converging lens”: an instrument able to focus and magnify a whole new dimension of guitar playing, of perceiving art, of personal growth.
With this edition we also take on board many of the recurrent requests and suggestions of our past participants. We extended the duration of the workshop, which will now span over ten days. This will allow us to strengthen the physiology and business dimension, which will have more time at their disposal to accommodate the individual needs of the participants. Also, from this edition, in addition to the traditional workshops, the physiology dimension will also be an important component of the guitar master classes.
Therefore, the three pillars of our curricular formula will continue to be based on three pillars:
The guitar master classes with the workshop’s director Antigoni Goni (who will also tackle many physiology-oriented issues), and with guest artist Ricardo Gallén)
the Physiology of Music will focus on “The Dramatic Side of a Guitarist”, and will be given by the Greek actress and acting coach Ms. Olga George. and will be articulated in three parts: “Stage fright”, “Stage presentation”, and “Dramatic side".
the Business of music seminars. will be presented by the British guitarist David Jaggs. David will also present again the workshop on sound recording techniques and his “Produce your own CD workshop” which raised an incredible interest an enthusiasm at last year's edition. Also, this year we will tackle a topic that has been in our mind since the first edition in 2007: one seminar of the Business of music will, be devoted to basic written daily communication (mail, letters, articles, CVs, website text etc.)
So... it is with great pleasure, joy, and true pride that I invite young guitarists from around the world to this eleventh edition of the Volterra Project, Summer Guitar Institute. Join us for nine days of intense work and creative learning in one of the most enchanting and inspiring settings of the world.
Antigoni Goni Artistic director
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