Diatonic accordion – beginners

Saturday 8th June from 11:00 to 13:00 – Simone Pistis


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.

Bolognese mandolin

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 Lorenzo accompanied his father to the guitar, grinding agreements and harmonic tours otherwise outdated.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


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

For helping them, here is the audio:

For the scottish, here are the audio and the music sheet:

Diatonic accordion – intermediate/advanced

Sunday 9th June from 10:30 to 12:30 – Stéphane Milleret


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.