Didactic Courses-Workshops-Masterclasses

inside the Acoustic Guitar Village, Cremona Musica September 2022 edition, there will be 2 didactic masterclasses:
Acoustic, Arch-top and Battente Guitar Lutherie Masterclass
Mandolin Intensive Masterclass
below all the details with program and teachers

Masterclass of lutherie for acoustic, arch-top and battente guitar

Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th, Sunday 25th September 2022

Masterclass room 1 of the Cremona Fair offices

Teachers: Master luthiers CLAUDIO e CLAUDIA PAGELLI (CH) – JOHN MONTELEONE (US) – ROSALBA DE BONIS (IT)

Translation and assistance by Max Monterosso, Mirko Borghino, Massimo Gatti

Cost of 230,00 euros
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PROGRAM:

Master luthiers CLAUDIO and CLAUDIA PAGELLI
They are probably among the greatest contemporary luthiers. We can consider their arch-top guitars among the best in the world. Two visionaries, inventors and artists capable of giving decisive forms to a wood that bends to their will.
This is how Claudio Pagelli presents himself and his wife Claudia:
Accordingly, I built my first guitar when I was 13. OK, so “guitar” is a grandiose term for the plywood thing I’d created, but it was a start. And I continued to move forward, although my progress was disrupted by periods of being a professional musician as well as a sound engineer in various studios. But in hindsight, those phases were very helpful activities for a developing luthier!
I started out primarily building electric guitars, and I also repaired and restored countless instruments, including basses and flattops, that I brought home from trips to the US. Eventually, I came under the spell of the archop—the most royal of them all. To me, designing these instruments’ curves and arches, while maintaining the required strength and still maximizing their tonal potential, is a balancing act of epic beauty.
However, that’s not to say that we don’t enjoy building the occasional electric, flattop, or bass! But as any business strategist knows, diversity can come at a price. In the case of guitar makers, most gain a reputation for their archtops, or their electrics, or their flattops, or their basses, but not for doing everything. But somehow, we have managed to not only be accepted, but to receive praise of the highest order, and we thank you for putting your trust into our work.
Claudia has been part of Pagelli Guitars for many years. Without her natural gift to create beauty, my guitars would still look like they came from the stone-age. But today, they’ve influenced a generation of luthiers, and we’re proud to see our ideas in instruments built by others.
This is our 45th year, and as long as people continue to make music, we look forward to the next 45! To all our customers, and all those who are interested in our instruments, and really, all those who support us, THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts!
www.pagelli.com

Calendar Masters CLAUDIO and CLAUDIA PAGELLI:

LUTHERY BEYOND LIMITS

Friday 23rd, from 10am to 1pm:
INTRODUCTION PAGELLI’s
– Short biographie
HOW WE WORK IN THEORY WHEN DOING CUSTOM BUILDS AND PROTOTYPES
– Explanation on the difference of custom made guitars versa prototype instruments. We will explain the important process before actualy start the build of an instrument. Material, design, construction, etc.
TIME FOR QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Saturday 24th, from 10am to 1pm:
HOW WE WORK IN PRACTICE WHEN BUILDING CUSTOM OR PROTOTYPE INSTRUMENTS
– Showing examples of custom and prototype work. Explaining the building process.
For example: why does the instrument looks like it does, wood selection, different bracings, active-passive back, chasing a sound, soundholes, soundports, finishing and more
TIME FOR QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Sunday 25th, from 10am to 1pm:
OPEN MINDED GUITAR BUILDING
– Explaining our attitude regarding guitar making. Trying to motivate young builders to be brave and innovative, showing and explaining that on examples
EXPERIENCES OF 45 YEARS OF GUITAR MAKING
Practical tips: how to start a business…or better not, what to avoid, international visibility, artist relation, finding your own style and personality, why you should treat the clients partner like a king, and much much more….
TIME FOR QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Master luthier JOHN MONTELEONE
John Monteleone was born in Manhattan in 1947 and was raised on Long Island. He had taught himself at an early age to build guitars and began professionally restoring and building stringed musical instruments in 1973 after graduating at Tarkio College with a degree to teach music.
Recognized as being one of the finest living archtop guitar and mandolin makers in the world today, John Monteleone has been at the forefront of innovative cutting-edge archtop instrument making for many years.
His uniquely designed instruments are the essence of artistic expression, reflected in the subtle but challenging marriage of form and function.
John Monteleone has been pushing the luthiery envelope for more than forty years with his refreshing passion for new and elegant designs. Producing instruments of great tonal expression is also one of Monteleone’s missions in life.
A dedication to the refined harmonic balances of tone and playability is always the central nucleus of structural foundation around which he often introduces the more interesting design accents and playful nature of his original and beautiful works.
Great guitarists, such as Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton, Pat Metheny, Woody Mann, Mike Marshall and many others own and play Monteleone’s guitars and mandolins.
Some of his instruments are now exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of New York.

https://monteleone.net/

Calendar Master JOHN MONTELEONE:

Friday 23rd, from 2pm to 5pm:
assistance by Massimo Gatti
ARCHTOP GUITARS: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
– We will take a look at where the archtop guitar came from,
where it’s been and where might it be going.
Musical influences have had historic affects on the
development of the archtop guitar in all its facets
LUTHIER WEARS MANY HATS
– The life of being an independent luthier cause us to be
self reliant individuals in our workshops
TIME FOR QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Saturday 24th, from 2pm to 5pm:
assistance by Massimo Gatti
THE MONTELEONE STYLE OF BUILDING
-The challenges of designing and building archtop guitars.
We will take a look at some of Monteleone’s latest guitar designs
TIME FOR QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Master luthier ROSALBA DE BONIS
Rosalba De Bonis has been building guitars for 25 years following and innovating the method that her family has used for centuries to build stringed musical instruments and in particular guitars, a method that can be compared to that of the very famous lutherie of Cremona where the violin was born.
The De Bonis arrived in Bisignano (CS) around 1700, certainly called by the court of the Princes of Sanseverino, and during this period they became the most important luthiers in the construction of the guitar.
Rosalba passionately follows her uncle Maestro Vincenzo De Bonis in the construction phases in his laboratory and later decides to pursue studies at the international school of violin making “A. Stradivari” in Cremona. At the same time as her studies she worked in a lutherie shop in the center, however, after completing her studies, she decides to return to the historic lutherie laboratory where the Bisignanese family began, a tradition handed down from father to son.
The craft of these luthiers is based on the furnace; Rosalba, like her ancestors, uses a very ancient method, she bends the wood with heat, slowly. To make the body of the classical guitar or better of the battente guitar she uses fire, which since 1500 it allows the master luthier to be free to create any shape.
Today she builds classical guitars and battente guitars of great value, renewing the tradition of the battente, the true Italian guitar.

https://www.facebook.com/liuteriadebonis/

Sunday 25th, from 2pm to 5pm:
THE ANCIENT CONSTRUCTION OF THE BATTENTE GUITAR, A TYPICAL AND UNIQUE ITALIAN INSTRUMENT
– Brief autobiographical mention on the De Bonis family and their tradition as luthiers
– The construction method of the battente guitar through the De Bonis luthiers, builders of the battente guitar since its origins in Bisignano in 1700, a technique that has remained unchanged through the hands of 30 luthiers who have succeeded in the Bisignano laboratory.

Intensive masterclass for classical mandolin

Saturday 24th, Sunday 25th September 2022

Masterclass room 3 of the Cremona Fair offices

Teacher: Master CARLO AONZO (IT)

Cost of 80,00 euros
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Master CARLO AONZO
Carlo Aonzo is a worldwide known Italian mandolin performer, native of Savona – Italy – where he grew up immersed in music, since his home itself hosted the music school of the “Circolo Mandolinistico G. Verdi”. 
Graduating with honours from the conservatory in Padua (1993), he has played for several prestigious institutions like the Philharmonic Orchestra of La Scala in Milan (Italy), The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Nashville Chamber Orchestra (USA), the McGill Chamber Orchestra in Montreal (Canada), the Philharmonia of San Petersburg (Russia), the Minsk Chamber Soloist (Belarus), Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (Germany). 
Among his several awards are the first prize at the Concorso Internazionale “Pitzianti” in Venice (1993) including the “Vivaldi” special mention, and first prize at the Walnut Valley National Mandolin Contest in Winfield Kansas (1997). 
Carlo’s deep interest in outreach activities focused on his instrument is witnessed by his countless collaborations with mandolin orchestras around the world, namely New York, Seattle, Portland, Providence, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Denver, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Montreal, Milan, Genoa, Lugano, Kochi, Nagoya, Osaka, Sendai, Wuppertal, Berlin, London, San Petersburg. 
He is often invited as musical director and visiting faculty by the most important international mandolin institutions namely CMSA (Classical Mandolin Society of America), FAME (Federation of Australasian Mandolin Ensemble), EGMA (European Guitar and Mandolin Association) and called to judge in international music contests: Saigon Guitar Festival (Vietnam), Osaka Mandolin Competition (Japan), Yasuo-Kuwahara Competition Schweinfurt (Germany), Concorso Internazionale per Mandolino Solo in Modena (Italy). 
He teaches seminars and workshops worldwide; since 2000 he has been leading the annual Manhattan Mandolin Workshop in New York (since 2017 in Milwaukee) and in 2006 he founded the International Italian Mandolin Accademia that he is still successfully directing and constantly expanding with new activities and camps.  Since 2020 he has been teaching at the Conservatory of Music “G. Frescobaldi” in Ferrara, Italy.

www.carloaonzo.com
www.accademiamandolino.com

Didactic material: All the necessary material will be provided in advance in digital format.

Calendar Master CARLO AONZO

Saturday 24th September, from 10am to 12am:
BAROQUE SOLO CONCERTOS: TECHNIQUE
– General aspects and historical overview
– Technical solutions for the approach of specific passages
– Period music praxis: analysis and its usage
– What makes your execution interesting? Deepening on interpretation and phrasing

Sunday 25th September, from 10am to 12am:
BAROQUE SOLO CONCERTOS: IMPROVISATION
– Embellishments: techniques and how to apply them. Exercises for trills, mordents, tremolos, retards, appoggiaturas
– Diminutions: improvisation techniques. Melodic and harmonic variations
– Appropriate scales learning and their application

Both classes are based on the following pieces:
– A major Mandolin Concerto by Carlo Cecere
– Bb major Mandolin Concerto by Giuseppe Giuliano
– C major Mandolin Concerto by Antonio Vivaldi