Workshop Istantanee. Collective Improvisation, Techniques and Styles in Europe

Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice
plus Sep, 1315 2022

This workshop dedicated to the memory of Mario Bertoncini, Ennio Morricone and Ivan Vandor completes the project on the history of musical improvisation, which has already given rise to conferences and seminars as well as two books on the Baroque and Beethovenian eras, respectively. The format is similar to that of previous the research-led performance project, linking historical research with performance practice. The practical performing part of the workshop, addressed to young instrumentalists, is conducted by leading experts on the period in question. The aim is to convey the principles and techniques of improvisation that characterised a phase of great creativity in this field, such as the work of the Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza and free improvisation ensembles in the world of jazz, such as the Spontaneous Music Ensemble and Globe Unity Orchestra. The musicologists, on the other hand, will attempt to clarify the aesthetic, ethical and political premises of collective improvisation.


Originally planned for 2021, the workshop was suspended due to the continuing health crisis. In its place, the Institute of Music organised an online event on 18-19-20 March 2021, currently available on the Fondazione Giorgio Cini YouTube channel. Last year’s event led to the consolidation of the group of lecturers and students while bringing in more musicologists to explore the issues and identify new modes of interaction between historical research and current performance practice.


Teachers: John Heineman, Giancarlo Schiaffini, Roger Turner

Musicologists: Vincenzo Caporaletti, Laurent Cugny, Sabine Feisst, Valentina Bertolani, Kai Lothwesen, Ingrid Pustijanac and Veniero Rizzardi.


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