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 a fully integrated musical journey for attendees. While some musicians will come to focus on their classical repertoire, others will be more inclined to harness their improvisational abilities. Clazz allows students the freedom to choose their own educational path. At Clazz, we are focused on learning how to be the best musician we can be, in an inspiring and nurturing environment, regardless of genre.
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.
July 19-August 5, 2019
Scale, Arpeggio, and Theory Class
Chamber and Combo Rehearsals
Private lessons/Chamber and combo coachings
Open-air informal student performances
Masterclasses + Presentations
Our faculty is growing day by day!
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.
Clazz International Music Festival
Clazz LLC ©
Board of Directors
Matt Pickart, director and co-founder
Thomas Fortmann, founder
Helmut Lipsky, co-founder
P.O. Box 4773
East Lansing, MI 48826-4773