Third International Mandolin Academy
By Mandolin Cafe
January 16, 2008 - 11:00 am
Switzerland — The International Mandolin Academy is proud to announce its third annual week-long mandolin course to be held August 24-31, 2008, which promises once again to be an intriguing and delightful cultural experience.
This year the Mandolin Academy will take place in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland, the Ticino Canton, on the hills surrounding Lake Lugano at an enchanting residence located in a huge forest park. The site can be easily reached by the local airport as well as through both of Milan's airports.
Carlo Aonzo, world-renown mandolinist and founder of the Mandolin Academy, has been spreading the tradition of the Italian mandolin for many years. The idea for a full-immersion course in the land of the instrument's origin came from the many mandolinists whom Maestro Aonzo met and taught during his world travels.
The two previous courses were held in his native Savona, a city with a rich heritage of plucked-string instruments. Now we will begin to discover other places where the mandolin tradition is alive and well. The Ticino Canton, with its 200,000 inhabitants, has six mandolin orchestras and the only surviving tradition of folk mandolin in northern Italy.
This course promises to be a unique musical experience that will offer cultural exchanges on a personal level.
The Academy is open to mandolin player of all levels, from beginners who never played before, to expert and accomplished instrumentalists. The study of music will be enhanced by various cultural events.
Besides the study of the mandolin, there will be a classical guitar course, taught by guitarist Katsumi Nagaoka, and an introduction to the construction of the Neapolitan (bowl back) Mandolin, by luthier Valentino Natolini.
Click red map pin below for driving directions to Third International Mandolin Academy, I Grappoli, CH-6997 Sessa, Switzerland.