Presented by the festival artists, the MIGF lectures and workshops provide students and all community members opportunities to expand their understanding of a variety of musical subjects. Each event is free and open to public, and can be viewed online with free registration.
Badi Assad‘s workshop An intuitive approach to guitar technique and interpretation shares her trajectory and several processes that led her to create a unique style. Sister of the renowned Assad brothers, Badi managed to follow a completely authorial path, where she mixes her classical guitarist background with the music of the world. At the same time that she transforms her guitar and voice into other instruments, she shares her path as an intuitive approach to technique and interpretation
Sam Desmet‘s lecture-demo A closer look at Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Choro No. 1 covers practical performance tips, based on a brief analysis of harmony, melody, rhythm and tone color. Perhaps a standard for many of us, yet a piece that doesn’t give away its secrets all too easily. Along with some insights and other sources of inspiration, a performance will be included as well.
In their lecture-demo Stay Tuned!, David Dolata and Federico Bonacossa will discuss multiple aspects of tuning on the guitar with an emphasis on early and new music. Topics covered will include how the theory behind tuning can be harnessed to tune the guitar more accurately and quickly, alternate tunings, and meantone temperaments, all demonstrated on the lute and guitar. The audience will learn how to avoid common tuning pitfalls by controlling and refining the guitar’s equal temperament as well as how to expand its sonic canvas through a variety of tuning modifications.
Marco Battaglia will present his lecture on The Mazzini’s Guitars, rare instruments from 19th century Italy. It is not well known that the famous Italian Patriot Giuseppe Mazzini was profoundly sensitive to musical language and, other than being a passionate spectator of concerts and lyric opera and writing essays on music, he was himself an accomplished amateur singer and guitarist. Marco has found and restored several of Mazzini’s guitars and he will talk about these instruments in connection with the music by Giuliani, Rossini, Carulli, Tulou, Verdi, Mertz, and Legnani, that was played on these guitars.
Ciyadh Wells will present a lecture-demo on Diversity in Guitar Music, exploring the depth and diversity in all facets of the guitar repertoire and guitar community.
Freddie Bryant‘s workshop Brazilian Jazz Rhythms will demonstrate finger-style jazz techniques and improvisation utilizing jazz rhythms in Brazilian music.
Yamandu Costa will present his workshop on Traditional Brazilian Music.
ALL FESTIVAL EVENTS are ONLINE and FREE with REGISTRATION! MIGF 2021 Virtual Festival Pass provides free access to watch all festival events:
Virtual Doors open 10 minutes before each event
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