Third International Mandolin Academy
By Mandolin Cafe
May 5, 2008 - 8:30 am
Italy — The International Mandolin Academy is proud to announce its third annual week-long mandolin course August 24-31, 2008.
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, Malpensa and Linate.
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 in Liguria. The new locations will allow students to discover other locations with a long and consolidated mandolin tradition: The Ticino Canton in southern Switzerland with its 200,000 inhabitants is a key place for the story of this instrument. It has 6 mandolin orchestras and the only surviving tradition of northern Italian folk mandolin.
This course promises to be a unique musical experience that will offer cultural exchanges on a personal level in a region which knows to receive warmly the protagonists of this event.
The Academy is open to mandolin players 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 (with a minimum of 10 participants), 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.