Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June from 09:30 to 10:30 – Salvo Angelico
God Shiva, in one of his representations, is Nataraja, the master of dance who squashes “ignorance” under his feet. At the same time he is the perfect yogi, immersed in neverending blessing and samadhi.
Hata yoga starts from the lowest level, the absolute perception of our phisical, “gross” body, a basic starting point in dance, to lead the pupils up to the superconsciousness stages.
Salvo Angelico approached yoga very early in his life and began his learning in the well known Accademia Yoga in Rome. While deepening his knowledge in hata yoga he also studied tantric yoga and kashmir shivaism. After several years of deep practice, he got a teacher diploma in India at the Yoga Vidya Gurukulamî Ashram held by Swami Ananda Saraswati.
Introducing the Bolognese tarocchino
Saturday 8th June from 11:30 to 13:00 – Lorenzo Cuppi
Few are aware of the fact that the tarot cards were born in a fifteenth century Italian court to practice a brilliant game that introduced the concept of the trump card. Fortune telling with tarot card, instead, was born several centuries later. The game Tarocchino Bolognese traces its origins to the first half of the ‘400s. Out of all the card games in Europe, it has the unique charateristic of having being preserved faithfully, for at least four centuries, in Bologna and its terroritories. Today this complex game survives, other than in some families, mostly in bars, clubs, societies and cultural centres, of which the ARCI San Lazzaro is also one. During the stage we shall speak a little about the history of the game, of its antique cards and, if possible, we shall attempt to learn to play a little bit.
Saturday 8th June from 11:00 to 13:00 – Simone Pistis
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The diatonic accordio is one of the instruments that most often accompany dancers during balls. But where do you start to drag dozens of people from one dance to another? This is the right workshop for anyone who wants to approach the instrument without any prior knowledge!
Simone Pistis began his musical studies at the Civic School of Music in Lanusei, Sardinia, enrolling in the guitar class and at the same time devoting himself to the study of the diatonic accordion as a self-taught. In 2001 he entered the guitar class at the musical institute “Orazio Vecchi” of Modena and graduated in March 2009. Poly-instrumentalist member of various world music groups (Lame a foglia d’oltremare, Shardafrica and Yule de Sonos) since 2011 he has been collaborating as an organ player with LOBAS for the promotion and diffusion of Sardinian dances through workshops and balls. Since 2015 he has been director of the Civic School of Music for Ogliastra in Lanusei.
Saturday 8th June from 14:00 to 16:00 – Lorenzo Cuppi
The workshop will deal with the repertoire (with its history and main figures) of waltzes, mazurkas and polkas typical of Bologna and its surroundings that certainly refer to the pre-war period but have been transmitted until today. Owning an instrument and having some previous knowledge of the tool is desirable.
Lorenzo Cuppi approached the Bolognese mandolin from childhood through an acquired relative, Nino Ricci, who loved being accompanied during family parties by Lorenzo’s father Bruno, who had been a semi-professional guitarist in dance orchestras in the 50’s and 60’s. At 11 years old Lorenzo received his first mandolin as a gift from his paternal grandmother. But it was above all his father who picked up the instrument, playing some pieces of ancient Bolognese liscio and other melodic pieces, especially Neapolitans. Lorenzo accompanied his father to the guitar, grinding agreements and harmonic tours otherwise outdated. As a teenager, he left the mandolin studio, but when he arrived in England he felt the need to learn his father’s Bolognese songs. He had just listened to the most authoritative and famed unique Filuzzi-style mandolinist in activity, in art Sisén, who had in his repertoire some pieces of ancient liscio. With these studies, excavations in memory and researches, he has thus put together the repertoire proposed during the workshops.
Songs of rice weeders (mondine)
Saturday 8th June from 14:00 to 16:00 – Coro delle Mondine di Bentivoglio
Born in the 70s, the rice weeders’ choir of Bentivoglio (Coro delle Mondine di Bentivoglio) carries on with passion the repertoire of work songs that accompanied “la monda” from morning to evening: the work in the rice fields. This workshop will be an opportunity to join them in singing, to listen to the stories of the rice pickers who still give their voices to the choir and learn about the typical songs of the Bolognese flatland.
Diatonic accordion – intermediate/advanced
Saturday 8th June from 16:00 to 18:00 – Aurélien Claranbaux
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During this workshop, we’ll focus on touch, phrasing and nuances. Based on some tunes received in advance (scottish and mazurka), we’ll think about how to convey a better feeling of the melody, harmony and rhythms to the public. Participants should have moderate to good skills with their instrument. Ability to play by ear is a plus. Bring also recorder, paper and pen!
They can learn the mazurka by ears, here are the chords: Part A C Em F G x4 Part B F G C Am Dm G C Em F G C Am Dm G F G
Sunday 9th June from 10:30 to 12:30 – Stéphane Milleret
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During this workshop we will concentrate on the accompaniment of the left hand as well as on the rhythm of the right hand starting from a simple melody learnt by ear. This approach to the instrumental technique will lend itself to autonomy and musicality. This workshop is aimed at all those who already have a knowledge of the instrument and adapts itself to any model of diatonic accordion.
An essential part of the new Breton scene, Plantec has succeeded in the last 15 years to impose its unique vision of Fest-Noz (the most famous traditional Breton fair) winning the challenge of constantly renewing their universe. Mixing the powerful rhythms of dance with aerial and hypnotizing compositions, Yannick and Odran have created a unique style mixing acoustic, electric and electronic textures. Kontakt, the eighth album of the group, was released in October 2015 and its thirteen songs, symbol of a Brittany without boundaries, pushed them to make a tour of over 70 dates in Europe, but also in Japan and Togo. From 2016, Plantec embeds the projection of live videos (mapping) that literally transform the scene into a timeless virtual world. In 2018 Plantec published the Mariant CD/DVD (Fest Noz), with videos of the performances offered in the heart of the largest Celtic festival in the world.
Plantec: Yannick Plantec: guitar Odran Plantec: bombard Gabriel N’Dombi: machines
23:00 –Gruppo Folkloristico Val Resia
The Gruppo Folkloristico Val Resia, officially founded in 1838, through music, dances and costumens of the Val Resia community, witnesses a cultural enviroment that’s still alive. Val Resia lights up with music and dances in which the whole community is involved, in many events during the year: on the occasion of the traditional püst (Resiano carnival), or the festivals, conscriptions, weddings, people still dance, handing down the centuries-old tradition from generation to generation.
The only two instruments are the violin, called cítira in the resian language, and the cello, called bünkula. The beat of the foot is the fundamental “third instrument” used to measure rhythm. Since there are no traditional music schools, young people learn to play “by ear” by listening to the more experienced musicians.
01:00 – Tribal Jâze
This talented trio knows how to do everything on the street or on stage, without moving or in movement… also to make the audience dance with precision and enthusiasm. Diatonic accordion, baritone saxophone and drum, Tribal Jâze trains us in a timeless folklore, impregnated with free jazz and rock energy, between old dancing melodies and imaginary gavottes. Then it turns into a soundclash trad’n trash, arbitrated by a fair batter, such as a boxing game or a wrestling fight, while instruments compete in virtuosity, to confront each other in a body to body before their fusion. The music is inspired by the melodies of the past for giving a contemporary interpretation and an invitation to dance. Most of the dance steps that the musicians take care to explain are accessible to everybody.
The music of Toc toc toc lies between alpine mountains, volcanoes of Auvergne and Aosta Valley. In this cross-regional team, Anne-Lise Foy, Vincent Boniface and Stéphane Millleret form a touching and accomplice trio. The voice of Anne-Lise, revealed by “traditional” instruments (blast instruments, diatonic accordion, hurdy-gurdy) offers a sensitive and creative sound. Toc toc toc is the need to create a sound space, inside which everyone can experience his positive emotions but also the bitterness of life, a commitment to carry a message of sharing and confrontation, a sound and poetic laboratory. As in the dance to which the audience is invited, the encounter remains the best moment of our lives.
Uva Grisa (Sour Grapes) was born in Bellaria Igea Marina (RN) in 1981, as an artistic experience, aggregation and permanent research around traditional culture in Romagna. Its purpose was to strenghten local community roots and its links to the values of the territory, with the aim of rediscovering some social and aesthetic contents of its own culture. The band has built its musical matrix visiting the taverns, and especially people’s houses, to sing the Pasquella, the ritual begging song of Epiphany. This is why it always looks for street events in close contact with people. Uva Grisa also loves to make people dance. Thanks to its “historical” violinist Mario Venturelli, it resumed the old repertoire: waltzes, polkas, mazurkas, etc., composed between the late nineteenth century and the first decades of the last century by local authors who remained unknown in many cases . Since the early 1990s, thanks to the ethnomusical and dance research conducted throughout Romagna by Pino Gala and Gualtiero Gori, and also to the contributions of Roberto Bucci, Alberto Montanari, Mauro Platani in the Faenza’s area, the band has extended its own activities for the practice and teaching of ethnic dances that remained alive in rural areas until the 1950s. With the project The beauty of popular music, from 2017, Uva Grisa extended its educational activities also to music workshops about the traditional repertoires of singing and dance music.
18:30 – Aérokorda
Aérokorda is a young folk band from Belgium that plays energetic, yet sometimes restrained folk music with Celtic and Slavic influences. Pavel Souvandjiev at the violin, Adriaan Van Wonterghem at the guitars and Davy Cautaerts at the tin whistles and the octave mandolin formed the band in October 2016. Pavel is half Bulgarian and a classically trained violin player, this combination can be clearly heard in the way he plays. He has performed all over Europe with his other project, Les Bottines Artistiques, and is now ready for a new adventure with Aérokorda. Adriaan was also classically trained as a guitar player and created his own specific style of playing that often adds a romantic touch in Aérokorda’s music. Adriaan also plays with another Belgian folk band called Boreas. Davy has spent several years specializing in Celtic music, which he is very passionate about, and is the session leader of a weekly traditional Irish session in Ghent’s Irish pub. He also plays whistle in a Folkmetalband called Ithilien. The three young musicians proudly present their first album: Hush the Wolves!
Aérokorda: Davu Cautaerts: tin whistles, octave mandola Pavel Souvandjiev: violin Adriaan Van Wonterghem: guitars
triOblique In the grey Genoese winter, three musicians have decided to join forces to make the world dance far and wide, but especially oblique. The triOblique is the subtle (or perhaps not) mélange of the musical baggage of Susanna Roncallo (guitar, voice, iron discipline), Aurélien Congrega (bouzouki, voice, theft of cars) and Dario Gisotti (flutes, bagpipes, voice, voice, mushrooms). A journey through winding paths, moving diagonally from one style to another, through fields and woods, exploring sounds ranging from Genoa to Ireland, from funk to the traditional song of the Upper Brittany, from delicate fingerpicking to the darkest rock chords, from instrumental songs to vocal polyphony, from the purest tradition to the hybridization of genres, with the joyful desire to make the bodies dance, in an ethereal mazurka or in a devilish Kost ar’Choat.
BrothAn Trio The BrothAn Trio was born in the hall of Arci Scighera in Milan for fun, to spend an evening in joy during the party of the end of popular dance courses. Formed by musicians already very active and well known in the scene of folk music, the members are found to prepare a show to energetic and refined dance, ranging from the elaboration of traditional melodies to the composition of original songs. Initially called by some “Trio imprò”, thanks to the support of dancers and friends, it performs for the first real concert right there, at Arci Scighera, where it was born almost by chance. The Soler brothers and AntonioNeglia became the BrothAn Trio, and in a short time collect concerts in Liguria, Piedmont, Lombardy and Veneto. The trio brings together influences and musical experiences in a balfolk of wide breath, where Italian songs join French dances, choral polyphonies with a sixteenth-century sound approach to swing’s rhythms, traditional songs meet original songs. The dances come from all over Europe: Italy, France, Ireland, Sweden, the Basque Country and Greece find their meeting point in an energetic and dancer-aware concert.
Trio Baladins Trio Baladinsis about adventures, journey and encounters. The melodies of itinerants artists‘ life style. The band’s repertoire is mostly made of their own compositions.Inspired by the neo traditional movement, it’s composed of . musics to dance to from the traditional musics and dances repertoire of Europe or elsewhere. Their music is vibrant and constantly evolving which allowed them to play for a set of 2h30 long. From lively polkas to soft waltzes, it’s easy to feel their inspiration’s diversity in their musics. Friends in personal life, they often meet up on the stage and their complicity is the base on which their sound flows.
21:00 – Nhac!
Nhac! is the meeting between two polyvalent artists, Daniel Detammaecker and Arnaud Bibonne, around a special selection of the French folk repertoire. They will be able to share with you an inexplicable, instimist, dynamic and convivial moment, grabbed on to the energy between them, you and the dance. Nhac!, because of this crucial moment, invite you to their bal à la voix!
Evritiki Zygia first appeared in the early 2007. Four friends sharing the same experiences and passion for the traditional Thracian music, joined their forces and created this traditional music band. It consists of primitive musical instruments deeply rooted in the tradition and mind of the Thracian locals – the bagpipe, the lyra, the kaval, the davul: instruments intertwined for thousands of years with Thrace, forming an integral part in the life cycle of the Thracians – joy, sadness, marriage, death, work, migration. It is called “evritiki”, because the group is located in Evros, the northern and eastern part of Greece, which belongs to the geographical territory of Thrace – a place rich in historical and musical traditions. It is considered to be the homeland of Orpheus who, according to a Greek myth, was the most important representative of the singing arts and the Thracian lyra. It is called “zygia”, which means a pair and usually in Greece suggests a traditional band or group of musicians performing together.
Duo Absynthe gently moves between languishing mazurkas and sweet recalls of old rythms. Perched on the edge of the stage, like two friends on a bench telling each other about their lives… But there’s no shallowness in the music of Duo Absynthe! Their style is woven of malice and reverence, it’s nothing but a reference, but distilled by their own alembic… When the dance is a caramel au beurre salé, we love it, we dance and we want more!
Duo Absynthe: Aurélien Claranbaux: chromatic bisonore accordion Sylvain Letourneau: guitar
Body movement is strongly linked to surronding space and its perception. A territory, in its morphology, is one of the elements on which the culture of a place is modeled. The way we use our body in a specific culture is also linked to the ground morphology on which it develops. The dance, which is an expression of a culture, is therefore also linked to local morphology. This trekking to explore a territory is at the same time a dance workshop to experience the use of our body in an rural context with live music played by Fragole & Tempesta. Useful for any dancer at any level
Useful information This workshop is free! Meeting point: at 9.:45 am at Circolo ARCI in the yard in front of Sala 77 entrance, to arrange a car sharing, or directly at 10:10 am in the car parking lot La Palazza (Via Renato Benassi – Ponticella n°77, San Lazzaro di Savena). You can get there in 10 min. by car or 60 min walking time.
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In the cave there is TOTAL absence of light. It is one of the few places in the universe in which this phenomenon occurs. Not even in the sidereal space you can find such an absolute darkness. And how about dancing in absolute darkness? Not even in the most reckless avant-garde fantasies of a dance-addict “mazurkaro”. And what about the use of the center of gravity in a place where we are forced to use the whole body, standing on all fours or lying down, because it’s impossible to stand up? The peak of pleasure for every “contact impro” or “folkcontact” passionate, or other eccentric mixtures lovers! Well in this workshop we will do all this. Keeping focused on the relationship between territorial morphology, body balancing and center of gravity, we will dive into the hypogean exploration of a complex cave. A dance workshop where no one has ever arrived (hopefully… but we’ll find out only at the end!). In the avant-garde of experimentation, we’ll get dirty with mud in the worst way.
Useful information A 10€ contribution is required. The trek will be cancelled if the participants are less than 10. Meeting point: at 12:30 at the car parking lot La Palazza (Via Renato Benassi – Ponticella n°77, San Lazzaro di Savena). You can get there in 10 min. by car or 60 min walking time.
How to get prepared for the cave Equipment: wear clothes warm enough for a temperature of 10 – 12 ° (including long trousers), which can get dirty with mud, and rubber boots; spare clothes recommended. Don’t expect catwalks and artificial lighting, the Spipola cave is an ADVENTURE! It is a speleological visit that involves the use of safety helmets with lighting and physical contact with rocks and mud.
Friday 7th June from 17:00 to 19:00 – Ivan Rajalu
This workshop will focus on the Breton dances most commonly danced in Fest Noz, the Breton Folk Ball: Gavottes, Plinn, Ridées, Rond de Loudéac, Rond de Saint Vincent, An Dro, Avant Deux… The purpose of the course is to introduce to dance at the modern Fest Noz, while bringing a historical light. A relaxed and offbeat atmosphere will be highly recommended! Come dressed in black and metal.
Ivan Rajalu, accordionist, violinist and dancer specializes in the repertoire of Haute Bretagne. With a degree in traditional music at the conservatory of Rennes, he has been playing and teaching music and dance for 15 years in Festou Noz and Balfolk events. Former accordionist of Beat Bouet Trio, we can find him today on stage with his solo Ivan Du Rêve. Nonconformist, a fan of ambiance absurde, folk traditions and Walt Disney, Ivan Rajalu is passionate about the environment of the traditional dance, or better: revivalist in all its diversity.
Val Resia’s dances
Friday 7th June from 17:00 to 19:00 – Gruppo folkloristico Val Resia
The dances proposed by the Gruppo folkloristico Val Resia include those typical of this Alpine valley and are characterised by the sound of the violin, the cello and the beat of foots. During the workshops we will learn the most famous: Lipa ma Marica / Oh my beautiful Maria, the hymn of all Resians; Ta püstawa, the carnival dance; Ta Zagatina, the Zagata dance, a mountain pasture location; Čärni potök / Rio nero, Ta Solbaška, the dance of Stolvizza; Potï me döpo Lïpjë / My streets down to Lipje; Kölu, the dance in a circle and Ta Kuškrïtawa, the dance of the conscript.
Branle of Ossau valley
Saturday 8th June from 11:00 to 13:00 – Nhac!
This workshop will bring you to the discovery and the practice of the Branle of Osseau valley. We will approach the Branle in chain accompanied by singing (mostly in response) and some instrumental music (tamburinà cordes and flute or harmonica). Based on our progression, we’ll even dance it a little bit in pairs.
Detached dances (balli staccati)
Saturday 8th June from 11:00 to 13:00 – Elisa and Carolina (Suonatori della Valle del Savena)
The workshops aims at the introduction to the ancient dances of the Bolognese Apennines: manfrine, manfroni, contradances, tarantelle, and still giga, ruggeri, tresche and the ancient liscio that can still be danced during the festivals in the valley of Savena.
Elisa and Carolina are members of Suonatori della Valle del Savena, a group that brings together, since 1975, some protagonists of the festive evenings in the mountains representing the dance formations of the Bolognese Apennines. The presence of this group in theatres, exhibitions and recordings of those years inspired the research, study and resumption of the ancient dances’s arias of the Bolognese Apennines. With the addition of new generations, the players have personally transmitted the culture of the ancient detached dances (balli staccati) and the liscio from the mountains.
Greek dances – Thrace
Saturday 8th June from 14:00 to 17:00 – Evritiki Zygia
Thracian dances are the great lecagy that passed through generations until nowadays as they never stopped being performed during the centuries. We could classify them in two big categories: the feast dances and the ritual dances. The first ones are a way of people having fun from noon till late at night in the villages square. The second ones aim at serving some people’s needs to perform a custom or an event (weddings etc). Thracian dances are known for their intense movements both in hands and legs: they are performed in a quite fast rythm emitting dynamic vibes in total. During this workshop we’ll learn dances from all over Thracia: from the West, such as Ksesirtos or Gikna, from the East, for example Sigoyros or Xasapia, and the Nord, as Sis Treis or Miliso.
Saturday 8th June from 14:00 to 16:00 – Nhac!
During the workshop we will discover and dance the jumps of Béarn (Los Cautères, La Piga, Lo Peiroton, Mariana…) through a careful progression of technical difficulties. In a playful atmosphere we will learn the steps and musical reference points necessary to share these individual collective dances. : )
Dances from Romagna
Saturday 8th June from 16:00 to 18:00 – Giuseppe Scandiffio
This workshop includes the whole Romagna’s dance repertoire from the seaside to the mountains: from traditional saltarelli (jumping steps), in two facing lines of three couples, to the cheerful circle dances called manfrina, from couple dances to an interesting and fun version of quadriglia.
Giuseppe Scandiffio began practising folk dances in the early 90’s attending workshops, courses and festivals held by the best teachers of that time. In 1996 he joined the culture association L’Uva Grisa in Bellaria (Rimini) with which he started a lifelong research on folk culture of Romagna. There he soon became a dance teacher. He’s now chairman of culture cssociation Fermento Etnico (Ethnical yeast): its main purpose is enhancing folk traditions of several areas creating, promoting and setting up events and initiatives in this field.
Sunday 9th June from 11:00 to 13:00 – Aurora Cavazzin
We are not talking about Newton, numbers and formulas… we’ll work on body, movement and (surely) have fun while at it! Because only when you know the dynamic of movement can you recognize it in the dance, then repeat and vary it in order to enrich your array of expressions. Inspired by Rudolph Von Laban’s theories (early 20th century dance theorist), we will take a closer look at this so-called “dynamic of movement”, experience its weight and rhythms to understand how to use them, while learning dances. We’ll then apply it to the basics of balfolk dances to stimulate improvisation: waltz, polkas, scottishes, mazurkas and bourrées won’t ever be the same again!
Amateur dancer from the age of 6 years, Aurora Cavazzin has attended courses of classical dance, contemporary (according to different techniques) and jazz. Ten years ago she began to work alongside teachers and gradually found herself to be a teacher. From 2015 to June 2018 che attended a training as a dancer for the community in which she deepened the techniques of conducting workshops and paths of discovery of dance aimed at a wider audience: adults, children, teenagers and the elderly who have never come close to dance. Also in June 2018 he completed the 2 years of professional training of the Michel Hallet Eghayan company in Lyon. For what concerns the folk dances, she has always attended with great admiration the folkloristic shows of the group Baldanza (historical association of Turin) and in 2010 she finally approached it. She began by learning about “international” dances (Balkan, Israeli, Russian…) and later approached the famous French couple dances. After a period of several bals, she began to attend all the workshops and festivals that her finances and her physical forces allowed her to participate. From March 2016, with some friends, she founded the Bal.Un group with the aim of bringing Turin’s university students closer to balfolk. Through this experience she began to wonder what elements in her training as a dancer were useful for dancing folk. Starting from these and other reflections within the course as dancer for the community, from November 2017 to April 2018 she conducted a laboratory of experimentation for the folk dancers of Turin aimed at giving them some instruments on the basis of the body movement in general and on the knowledge of the body. The course ended with the creation of a performance performed in Turin’s square and entitled Comunichiamo al mondo (Communicate to the world).
Folk a busso! was born with the aim to spread again the liscio of Filuzzi among young people in the Italian balfolk scene giving a new look to old music that is no longer in use. The band members are: Nicolò Quercia at the accordion, a young cadet from the Bolognese Filuzzi, Nicholas Marturini at the clarinet, Giovanni Varelli at guitar, Corrado Varelli at bass and Devis Fabbri at drums. They also introduce, outside the typical Filuzzi‘s sound, some liscio songs from the mountains in which the clarinet (detached dances) has a key role; their repertoire also includes some mountain balli staccati from the Bolognese Appennines and part of the Modena area where the Filuzzi was born. They believe that the correct way to introduce the Filuzzi to young people is to re-establish the rythms of original performances which, compared to how the Filuzzi is played nowadays, are far faster. The other perspective is to strictly comply with traditional dance rules while introducing new musical influences.
Folk a busso!: Devis Fabbri: drums Nicholas Marturini: clarinet Corrado Varelli: bass Giovanni Varelli: guitar
22:30 – Les Bottines Artistiques
Guus and Pavel, both actif as musicians and teachers in the traditional music, decided to gather their skills and started in the fall of 2014 their duo Les Bottines Artistiques. Guus’ French and Italian technique and Pavel’s Bulgarian Roots resulted in a surprising musical blend. This already brought them for concerts to Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal, The Netherlands, Germany… June 2017, after 2 years of many concerts and a sold out demo-CD, Les Bottines Artistiques went into the studio to record their their first and longexpected Full-CD. The title of this CD Summertime refers to the many souvernirs of their Belgian and foreign concerts. Guus and Pavel, respectively chromatic bisonore accordion and violin, are garanteed to bring you an unforgetable evening, bal or concert!
Les Bottines Artistiques: Guus Herremans: chromatic bisonore accordion Pavel Souvandjiev: violin