International Summer Workshop 2014

Theo Bleckman / Diana Torto >> voice + combo
Avishai Cohen / Ambrose Akinmusire / Giovanni Falzone / Marco Tamburini >> trumpet + combo
Mark Turner / Maurizio Giammarco / Walter Smith III / Achille Succi >> sax + combo
Lionel Loueke / Roberto Cecchetto / Nir Felder / Pietro Condorelli >> guitar + combo
David Virelles / Stefano Battaglia / John Taylor / Franco D’Andrea >> piano + combo
Matt Penman / Furio Di Castri / Reuben Rogers / Pietro Leveratto >> bass + combo
Jeff Ballard / Roberto Gatto / Mark Guiliana / Ettore Fioravanti >> drums + combo
Anat Cohen / Claudio Fasoli / David Binney / Pietro Tonolo >> combo
Special masterclass with Enrico Rava

Diana Torto

Vocals
Combo class

Theo Bleckmann

Vocals
Combo class

Avishai Cohen

Trumpet
Combo class

Ambrose Akinmusire

Trumpet
Combo class

Giovanni Falzone

Trumpet
Combo class

Marco Tamburini

Trumpet
Combo class

Mark Turner

Sax
Combo class

Maurizio Giammarco

Sax
Combo class

Walter Smith III

Sax
Combo class

Achille Succi

Sax
Combo class

Lionel Loueke

Guitar
Combo class

Roberto Cecchetto

Guitar
Combo class

Nir Felder

Guitar
Combo class

Pietro Condorelli

Guitar
Combo class

David Virelles

Piano
Combo class

Stefano Battaglia

Piano
Combo class

John Taylor

Piano
Combo class

Franco D'Andrea

Piano
Combo class

Matt Penman

Double Bass
Combo class

Furio Di Castri

Double Bass
Combo class

Reuben Rogers

Double Bass
Combo class

Pietro Leveratto

Double Bass
Combo class

Jeff Ballard

Drums
Combo class

Roberto Gatto

Drums
Combo class

Mark Guiliana

Drums
Combo class

Ettore Fioravanti

Drums
Combo class

Anat Cohen

Combo class

Claudio Fasoli

Combo class

David Binney

Combo class

Pietro Tonolo

Combo class

The 44th year of Summer Workshop is devoted to making music, to sharing experience, to exchanging personal musical languages and to harmonizing cultures from different countries. Students from all five continents have for years now gathered at the Siena Jazz Seminars and have discovered their affinities while getting to know each other, playing music together, sharing their passion and love for jazz.

At the core of the learning process lies the gaining and sharing of experience. Each day students will work with two different ensemble music groups with different make-ups under the instruction of different teachers, and will further take part in two lessons of instrumental improvisation technique, these sessions, too, led by different teachers and composed of a maximum of 8 students.

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The ensemble music groups, now as in past years, will be headed by the teachers who, while instructing students, also play in the groups as ensemble leaders, thus creating a stimulating learning environment, rich in the empathy and sense of sharing that have always characterized our courses.

Over the two weeks of courses, the wonderful atmosphere of a true summer camp is created. Taking part in 6 hours of instruction each day, students are given the chance to study and play music together in the 26 fully equipped classrooms placed at their disposal.

Every evening we organize musical events including faculty performances, student jam sessions, and ensemble music group recitals. Jam sessions are held in the gardens of several of Siena’s historic contrade—a unique way to combine Sienese hospitality with the city’s medieval charm.

Participants will study throughout the two weeks of the workshop, coming together to create a community made up of 120 students of different nationalities, enjoying the experience of working with 32 top-quality international teachers, great artists in their own right, half of whom come from Italy and half from other parts of the world.

The Workshop offers a competent, friendly staff who yearly ensure the excellence of our courses and who put together no less than 68 groups of ensemble music—34 in each of the course’s two weeks. The structure of the courses allows each student to take part in 4 different ensemble music groups, which then perform along with their respective teachers during the final recitals—an exceptional and exciting educational experience.

Over the years, the presence of our crew has proved fundamental indeed—20 collaborators who work with students in the classroom and on the performance stage, plus 8 office staff members of the Siena Jazz Foundation who handle all administrative and organizational matters (booking study time in classrooms, security, adherence to our policies ensuring high quality in everything we do) as well as help in arranging accommodations for Italian and non-Italian students alike (the service is free of charge). In short, a 28-member team, including office staff and outside collaborators, awaits students and teachers so that these courses stand as an important moment of growth and as a valuable experience to be remembered long into the future.

News and Educational Offerings among the 2014 Courses

  • Vocal instruction for singers
  • 15 teachers from Italy
  • 15 international teachers
  • 68 musical laboratories
  • a maximum overall number of no more than 120 students
  • 2 daily lessons in instrumental improvisation technique
  • 2 daily lessons in ensemble music

Visualize the International Summer Workshop 2014 Regulation

Equipment and Instruments at the Students’ Disposition

  • 26 classrooms equipped for lessons and for practice
  • 26 Hi-Fi stereo systems
  • 15 grand pianos
  • 36 Clavinova electric pianos
  • 24 drum sets
  • 32 bass amplifiers
  • 32 guitar amplifiers
  • 33 Apple iMac computers
  • Free Internet access via LAN and WiFi

Worthy of Special Note:

Classroom 13 – Computer laboratory and multipurpose classroom offering 12 multimedia stations which may be used for practicing guitar and electric bass (daily bookings, along with request for headphones, to be made in the office).

Classroom 17 – Equipped with 10 Clavinova pianos which may be used for individual practicing (daily bookings, along with request for headphones, to be made in the office).

General information on the courses

Enrollment is open as of Monday, 10 March and shall remain open until there are no longer positions available.

Maximum admittance:

  • sixteen voice students;
  • sixteen students for trumpet/trombone;
  • seventeen students for piano;
  • seventeen students for guitar;
  • seventeen students for drums;
  • seventeen students for double bass and electric bass;
  • ten students for tenor and soprano sax;
  • ten students for alto sax and clarinet;
  • six students for other instruments to be placed within the various instrumental classes;
  • twelve students to be included as auditors with a maximum of one per class.

Students of each instrument will be divided into two classes. The participation of one auditor is permitted in each class, as part of a maximum of twelve participants per class. Every day all students will have instrumental lessons, one with each of the two teachers, and two lessons in ensemble music.

Who is eligible for the course?

- graduates in jazz from Italian consevatories and musical institutes, or from similarly accredited programmes abroad;

- graduates in classical music from Italian consevatories and musical institutes, or from similarly accredited programmes abroad, with documented study and performance experience in jazz;

- musicians without a music degree but with documented study and performance experience in jazz for at least four years.

ENROLLMENT

Candidates wishing to take part in the courses must first be accepted after completing the application procedure which requires that the following material be sent:

-  application form;

- recordings of three pieces chosen from three of the following categories:

BLUES, RHYTHM CHANGES, STANDARDS, MODAL COMPOSITION, OTHER;

- a passport-type digital photo (jpg format)—the file’s name should specify the student’s first and last name (e.g., mario-rossi.jpg);

- receipt for the payment of the application fee.

Candidates with a diploma in jazz must furthermore send:

- a copy of the diploma or of the equivalent qualification;

- documented certification of performance experience (concert posters, newspaper articles, etc.—in the absence of such documentation, candidates must write a letter attesting to their performance experience);

Candidates with a diploma in classical music must furthermore send:

- a copy of the diploma or of the equivalent qualification;

- documented certification of having studied jazz for at least three years;

- documented certification of performance experience (concert posters, newspaper articles, etc.—in the absence of such documentation, candidates must write a letter attesting to their performance experience);

Candidates without a diploma in jazz or in classical music must furthermore send:

- documented certification of having studied music for at least four years;

- documented certification of having studied jazz for at least three years;

- documented certification of at least three years of performance experience (concert posters, newspaper articles, etc.—in the absence of such documentation, candidates must write a letter attesting to their performance experience).

Candidates who wish to enroll as auditors to the course must send:

- a fully completed application form which may be downloaded from www.sienajazz.it;

- a passport-type digital photo (jpg format)—the file’s name should specify the student’s first and last name (e.g., mario-rossi.jpg);

- receipt for the payment of the relevant application fee.

Requirements for the Recording of the CD:

- the first and last name of the candidate, the instrument played, and a list of pieces performed must all be written on the CD itself;
- enclose the score, should the candidate opt to send a piece of his or her own choosing;
- record three pieces chosen from among the following categories:

BLUES
(e.g., C-Jam Blues, Sandu, etc.)

RHYTHM CHANGES
(e.g., I’ve Got Rhythm, Scrapple From The Apple, etc.)

STANDARDS
(e.g., Body and Soul, Stella By Starlight, etc.)

MODAL COMPOSITION
(e.g., So What, El Gaucho, etc.)

OTHER
(a piece of the candidate’s own choosing—score to be enclosed as well)

- each piece must run for no longer than 4 minutes; recordings must be of good quality; recordings made over backing tracks are also acceptable, provided that the following elements are made clear: the accompaniment, the performance of themes and the improvised passages;

sent material will not be returned to the candidate.

Fees, and Method of Payment

The price of the course is €800.00;

the price of the course for auditors is €300.00.

Reduced fees may be applied to students of the double bass and of wind instruments if they are currently enrolled at Italian or international conservatories recognized as partners of the Siena Jazz Foundation.

Payments may be made through the following methods:

- postal order made out to Fondazione Siena Jazz Piazza della Libertà, 10 – 53100 SIENA;

- wire transfer paid to the following bank account in the name of Fondazione Siena Jazz:

IBAN IT15X0867371880000001002735

- direct deposit into Postal account number 61795456.

Sending Application and Enrollment Material

All application and enrollment material must be sent to:

Fondazione Siena Jazz – Accademia Nazionale del Jazz

Piazza della Libertà, 10

53100 – SIENA

Make sure to write “Seminari Estivi 2014” on the envelope.

Alternatively, documentation may be sent by email to: admissions@sienajazz.it

Make sure to write “Seminari Estivi 2014” as the subject of the email.

Lodgings and accommodation

To telephone our hospitality services, dial our offices at +39 0577 271401, then press 2 on the automated menu. Two types of accommodation are available:

- Guest houses (“affittacamere”)—a contact list for lodgings and rooms for rent;

- Student dormitory (“Casa dello Studente”)—a limited number of beds are available in residential buildings within the city centre and in the immediate environs of the town itself.

At the start of the summer seminars, a list will be handed out containing a variety of eateries such as ristoranti, trattorie, bars and university refectories.

Programme

Thursday, 24 July
10:00-12:15 – Fortezza Medicea
Enrollment, sign-ups, handing out folders and receipts for all students enrolled in the courses.

12:30-1:30pm – Sala Cassa Edile
Opening meeting and introduction to the courses.

3:00-6:00pm – Fortezza Medicea
Selection.

6:00-7:00pm – Sala Cassa Edile
Lecture on jazz led by Francesco Martinelli (topic and guests to be determined).

Friday, 25 July

10:00-1:30pm – Fortezza Medicea
Selections; classrooms not occupied by the selections will be available for individual or group practice until 6:00pm.

3:00-5:00pm – Fortezza Medicea
Selections.

6:00-7:00pm – Sala Cassa Edile
Lecture on jazz led by Francesco Martinelli (topic and guests to be determined).

7:15pm – Sala Cassa Edile
Welcome WINE PARTY for all students and teachers.

Saturday, 26 July

8:30am – Fortezza Medicea
Posting on the bulletin board of the schedule of instrumental and ensemble music lessons.

9:30am – Fortezza Medicea
Lessons begin.

26-31 July

1 hour of instrumental lessons with a non-Italian teacher;
1 hours and 30 minutes of ensemble music with an Italian teacher;
1 hour of instrumental lessons with an Italian teacher;
1 hours and 30 minutes of ensemble music with a non-Italian teacher.

30-31 July

Recitals of ensemble music groups.

Friday, 1 August
Day of rest.

2-7 August

1 hour of instrumental lessons with a non-Italian teacher;
1 hours and 30 minutes of ensemble music with an Italian teacher;
1 hour of instrumental lessons with an Italian teacher;
1 hours and 30 minutes of ensemble music with a non-Italian teacher.

6-7 August
Recitals of ensemble music groups.