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International School of Improvisation - July 2022

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6th edition

4-9 July 2022,


An all encompassing experience, ... you won't view the world in the same way any more.

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Finally here we are again.

This year the course will take place in a magical location: the Castle of Bianzano, in the province of Bergamo near Lake Endine. The castle dates back to 1233 and still has magnificent frescoes. Thanks to the collaboration of the owners we will be able to run the entire course inside and in the castle gardens. The decision to concentrate the course in one place was also taken to reduce unnecessary contacts, in relation to Covid measures.

Improvisation is a skill that more and more people want to learn: dealing with the fear of empty space, stylistic issues, and the difficulties of achieving Good Taste while expressing ourselves.

This course in Music Improvisation aims to accompany musicians in their journey of discovery, gradually and personally, focusing on historical elements as well as modern-day psychological aspects, giving a solid foundation for any sort of stylistic studies. The result is not just about being able to add a few notes to an existing score.

The major goals of the improviser are:

  • to become aware of the connection between performing and composing (relationship between content and form).
  • to become flexible and prepared in the communicative dynamics within an ensemble.
  • to enrich the expressive possibilities of that which we wish to communicate.

The course in Improvisation gives everybody the possibility to express themselves, using the expressive codes which will be addressed thoroughly during the course. The broad range of supporting “parallel” arts/subjects aim to facilitate the opening of the mind and to provide you with valuable resources, which can be adopted and used in your general communication strategies.

Taking responsibility for the RESEARCH-EDUCATION-PERFORMANCE process is one of the objectives of this course: for this reason some students from advanced Helicona method courses will assist the teachers during different interventions.

Principal courses:
Improvisation for voice, melodic and harmonic instruments - Davide Monti (Artistic Direction) - Maria Christina Cleary - Nina Kümin
Cantare super Librum (Contrappunto alla mente) - Antoine Schneider
Rhetoric and Gesture - Francesca Gualandri
Workshops: Music in action
Dressage - Alonzo Cardenas in al Local riding school
Fencing - Fabrizio Orsini
Improvisation on the Commedia dell'Arte - Lorenzo Bassotto
Dance - Ilaria Sainato
Principles of communication in music:
Attunement and Sounding Discourses - Dario Benatti
Keynote presentations:
Music in the dark - Maria Christina Cleary
Improvising Games - Martina Michailidisová  ---- NEW!!!! ----
Music and Memory -  Davide Monti
Evening Activity:
Tafelmusik in the City - Ristaurants in the area
Serata Finale al Castello - Music and dance
Helicona Project info@helicona.it
Associazione Italiana Cultura Sport (AICS) Verona
Castello Suardi in Bianzano


Course Fee:

Active participants, Master and professional € 360
Active participants students, pre-Bachelors level € 260
Listeners € 210
A special agreement with the Caslte allows us to have a buffet (lunch) and complete dinner (evening) for a comprehensive ammount of 100€.
A non-refundable fee of € 50 is required for registration. It will provide the insurance and the registration as Associate to Helicona. This will be deducted from the course fee.
On your request Helicona can provide accommodation in a partner structure.

For a better understanding of some topics, this course is designed for people over 18 years of age, although the Helicona proposal may also be suitable for young adults.

The course will be held in English and Italian.
The pitch will be preferably A=415 Hz


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