Diatonic accordion – Maurizio Berselli

Maurizio Berselli

Maurizio Berselli

He started playing the accordion in 1979 after a research on Bologna’s and Reggio Emilia’s Appennines’ typical dance musics, a tradition that now form his main repertoire. He also plays music from other parts of Italy and Europe but always related to dances. Since 1990 he has taught how to play the accordion at Polisportiva Masi in Casalecchio and in 1983 he founded the Suonabanda group from Modena that, over the years, has helped to keep alive and to spread the music and dances of Emilian Apennines.

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Ensemble Folk – Denys Stetsenko

A theme of this workshop will be “a body plays, a body dances: communication between musicians and dancers”. Then, let’s open our ears: they are the key for learning and remembering. Moreover, we will talk about arrangement instruments and possible forms in the language of folk, ways to harmonize and decorate your dance, leading vs following, how to listen, to have ideas, to suggest.

Denys Stetsenko

Denys Stetsenko, from Ukraine, has studied classical music since he was a child and in 2003 he entered the world of traditional and improvised music with the group Monte Lunai e Dancing Strings, participating in various European music and dance festivals. He studied violin at the School of Music of Lisbon and got a master degree in Ancient music-baroque violin at the High School for Music and Performing Arts  (Esmae) in Porto. He is a founding member of Quartetto Arabescque, Duo Stetsenko, Favola d’Argo and Parapente 700. He taught from 2011 to 2014 in Esmae as an assitant to Amandine Beyer. Now he is a violin professor in Lisbon. He has taught traditional music classes in Lisbon, Cordoba, Crisol de Cuerda Madrid and in many festivals like Andancas (Portugal), Folkarria (Spain), Festiv’Alzen (France).

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Emilian Violin – Claudio Vezzali

The interest in folk music led him around the Apennines looking for old lost dances. Thanks to the meeting with Melchiade Benni, his passion began to focus on the violin. He learned his repertoire directly from dancers and musicians and then he presented it again in concerts and workshops with the Buonanotte Suonatori orchestra. He currently plays traditional Emilian dances with Suonabanda group and Scottish music with TriCorde trio. He recently starts working with the Musicanti d’la Basa with another old repertoire.

Level: for beginners, with a basic technique of the instrument, interested in the repertoire and style of execution of staccati dances from Emilian folk tradition.

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Circle Songs – Ivan Halen

Created by vocalist Bobby McFerrin, the “Circle Songs” are a form of choral improvisation: in a free improvisation process, a director, through specific vocal rhythmic modules, creates the singing roles, assigning them gradually to the singers disposed in a circle. Coming from their connection, an harmonious development creates a real “song”. The experience of the Circle Songs is not only artistic but didactic and anthropological because, transcending “common schemes”, they manage to make us work with our ears, our memory, with the rhythm, the body, the breath and the voice.

Ivan Halen

Ivan began his activity as a singer in the early 2000. In those years he received a lyrical and modern training from various teachers and he approached popular culture and ethnical and oriental traditions. He experienced with his voice through learning overtone singing, diplophonies and multifonia, always looking for new sounds and styles. A passionate researcher in vocal anthropology, he approached Circle Songs with Albert Hera and then he worked on a personal method he uses during workshops in Bologna and Europe.

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