Clazz
International Music Festival

Clazz, a new music festival at the intersection of classical and jazz idioms, offers a one-of-a-kind experience.

Set in the historic center of Arcidosso, Italy, and situated in the heart of Tuscany, Clazz International Music Festival features two sessions in Summer 2018.

The Classical Session: July 12-24, 2018
and the Jazz Session: July 25-August 6, 2018.

Complete with two day trips to Siena and the beach in Porto Santo Stefano, delicious local cuisine of the region, a first-rate concert series, and a faculty of highly acclaimed international artists.

Clazz guarantees a very special musical experience, helping to foster significant and meaningful new connections to last a life time.

Get ahead as a twenty-first century musician and join us for Clazz International Music Festival 2018 in the Tuscan hills this summer!

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Classical Session
July 12-24, 2018

Clazz began as an opportunity for classically trained musicians to learn jazz and improvisation in 2016.

Since 2017, Clazz has had two sessions. The Classical Session focuses on chamber music and skill-building for the well-rounded musician.

Sessions will include intensive chamber music coachings, private lessons, masterclasses, sight reading, introduction to improvisation, career advice, and concert performances with world-renowned artist faculty.

This twelve-day session is sure to challenge and inspire any serious musician.

Classical Session
Daily Schedule
MORNING

8:30-9:30am

Breakfast

10:00-11:00am

Special Topics Class (Sightreading, Scales, Improvisation, Career Advice)

11:00am-1:00pm

Chamber Music Rehearsals

AFTERNOON

1:30-2:30pm

Lunch

3:00-6:00pm

Private lessons/Chamber coachings

5:00-6:00pm

Open-air informal student performances

6:30-7:30pm

Masterclasses + Presentations

7:45pm

Festival Meeting

EVENING

8:00-9:00pm

Dinner

9:30pm

Concerts

Jazz Session
July 25 - August 6, 2018

The Jazz Session will immerse classically trained musicians in the world of jazz and improvisation over an unforgettable twelve-day session.

Participants will study with world-renowned artists who specialize in crossover playing, improvisation, and jazz language.

Through concerts, lessons, masterclasses, theory courses, group jams, ensembles, and small combos, players will discover new facets of music and expand their musical language in a supportive and collaborative environment.

Jazz Session
Daily Schedule
MORNING

8:30-9:30am

Breakfast

10:00-11:00am

Scale, Arpeggio, and Theory Class

11:00am-1:00pm

Small Combo Rehearsals

AFTERNOON

1:30-2:30pm

Lunch

3:00-6:00pm

Lessons/Combo coachings

5:00-6:00pm

Open-air informal student performances

6:30-7:30pm

Festival Jam/Masterclasses + Presentations

7:45pm

Festival Meeting

EVENING

8:00-9:00pm

Dinner

9:30pm

Concerts

Arcidosso
A Tuscan medieval village on Mount Amiata

Arcidosso is a medieval village with a marvelous history dating back to the 9th century. It’s located in the South of Italy’s famous Tuscan region near Mount Amiata and Grosseto, centrally positioned between Rome and Florence. Siena and Pisa are both within a few hours drive as well, and within less than an hour away, one can visit some of the world’s best wineries, or going swimming in the beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean Sea.

 

Arcidosso itself is home to an active community of about 4,500 people and a very robust international music scene. Since 2012, the city has hosted the well-known classical music festival, Interharmony International Music Festival, as well as a cutting edge electronic music and art festival, Alterazione, since 2005. When you’re driving into Arcidosso, one can’t help but notice the beautiful, noble castle, once owned by the Medici family, proudly overlooking the city’s many unique shops, restaurants, and historic churches. The main concert venue, Teatro degli Unanimi is the oldest theater in the province. Originally built in 1741, it stands adjacent to the Castle of Arcidosso, atop the city’s walls. Arcidosso is also home to historic churches, Santuario della Madonna delle Grazie, built in 1348, and the Chiesa di San Leonardo, built in 1188. Both remain active today and feature an impressive array of beautiful 17th and 18th century paintings.

Your stay with us
At Clazz, students and teachers will stay at the best bed and breakfasts located in Arcidosso. Our meals will represent a variety of delicious and high quality Tuscan cuisine. Classes will take place at the local schools and the Teatro. Concerts will be performed in the historic Teatro degli Unanimi, the province’s oldest theater, built in 1741. Students will also have the opportunity to perform regularly through our informal student concert series in Arcidosso’s downtown courtyard. Being able to engage with the community’s rich, local culture and cuisine will further fuel your creative energy and total experience during your journey through Clazz 2018! We thank the generous and beautiful people of Arcidosso, Mayor Jacopo Marini, and the Comune for your amazing support and friendship!
Info & Contacts
Clazz International Music Festival

Clazz LLC ©

Board of Directors
Matt Pickart, director and co-founder
Thomas Fortmann, founder
Helmut Lipsky, co-founder
Andrzej Grabiec
Jeremy Cohen
Crispin Campbell

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 4773
East Lansing, MI 48826-4773
USA

Phone:
608-295-5717 (USA)

E-mail:
info@clazzmusicfestival.com

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