The Exploratory: Venice New Music Courses

Artistic Director: Nicholas Isherwood

The title of this masterclass derives from a statement by Karlheinz Stockhausen: ‘The problem with music education is that we have conservatories, but we need exploratories’. The concept of exploration will guide the event in all its components: instrumental and vocal sound production, group interaction, notation, and the scenic aspects of music making.

All participants will have the opportunity to study the many forms of improvisation, from Fabbriciani’s historical work with Nono to improvisation in jazz. There will be guided improvisations from the contemporary repertoire, improvisations starting from a structure and freer improvisations. The problems of musical improvisation have been dealt with in conferences and publications of the Institute for Music.

Musical Theatre
Learning to play by moving is a widespread technique that is little taught. All the teachers have been involved in opera productions and Isherwood has experience of directing which has taken him to theatres around the world. Each lecturer will bring his or her own unique and personal experience of musical theatre. Neuwirth is one of the most important opera composers of his generation. The subject of experimental musical theatre has been treated in conferences and publications of the Institute for Music.

Composer-performers can study the instrument with the relevant teacher and attend the composition course. Many instrument teachers have experience in composition and will be able to help in the particular work of those who play and compose.

Nicholas Isherwood: art direction, singing, improvisation, musical theatre, composer-performer.
Abbie Conant: brass, improvisation, composer-performer.
Roberto Fabbriciani: woodwinds, improvisation, composer-performer.
Séverine Ballon: strings, improvisation.
Olga Neuwirth: composition, musical theatre.
Michela Garda, Ingrid Pustijanac: musicology.

The Masterclass Exploratory: Venice new music courses, organised by the Institute for Music is addressed to young musicians (singers and instrumentalists) and composers. It will be held at the Cini Foundation on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice from 13 to 19 June 2022.

The practical sessions will be held by Nicholas Isherwood, Abbie Conant, Roberto Fabbriciani, Séverine Ballon and Olga Neuwirth.

The musicological sessions will be held by Michela Garda (Being composers today) and Ingrid Pustijanac (Improvisation practices in the 21st century).

The Call for applications is for 10 singers, 10 brass players, 10 woodwinds, 10 string players and 10 composers


Deadline 31 March 2022



March 31


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