Medinea Session | Valletta

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ARC Research Consultancy is honoured and proud to be part of the project Medinea, [MEDiterranean Incubator of Emerging Artists].

The Medinea Project is a multinational initiative created by the Medinea network within the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence with the participation of five Mediterranean cities including, Aix-en Provence (France), Istanbul (Turkey), Valletta (Malta), Nuoro (Sardinia) and Lisbon (Portugal). The project brings the diverse sounds of the Mediterranean to the concert platform through intercultural performances by a group of young musicians from different Mediterranean countries led by jazz saxophonist and composer Fabrizio Cassol. Over a period of three years which started in April 2019, Cassol and the rest of the musicians will experiment with the diversity of rhythms and melodies found in Mediterranean musical traditions through residencies and performances in the five cities involved in the project.

What does the project consist of?

The project offers training activities to emerging musicians from the Mediterranean basin in an intercultural context.

The Intercultural Creation Sessions are innovative composition residencies based on intercultural collective composition in the specific field of improvised music originating from the Mediterranean tradition. Using a creative process of experimentation and improvisation, the Outreach Skills Workshops aim at fueling the musicians’ personal quest for excellence and drive to share their art with the audience, especially audience with a little access to culture.

These activities leading to meetings and dialogue between civilizations established within the same territory, are designed to favour professional integration of young musicians, and at the same time enable Mediterranean musical heritage to be valued and passed on to future generations, young artists and audience.

Malta’s participation

Malta is hosting one of the four intercultural creation sessions in February 2020! The sessions are open to twelve young and talented musicians from the Mediterranean basin (building their careers to become professional artists) and who have an intense practice of musical improvisation, even of the composition. Each session is designed for a large diversity of musical aesthetics and Mediterranean expressions and hosts all styles of music using elements of improvisations (jazz, traditional music, early music, etc.).

Fabrizio Cassol, composer and jazzman, guides these sessions and proposes to experiment with techniques of collective composition, within an ensemble, with the aim of leading to the creation of a common musical production which also reveals individual singularities. This training offers a unique intercultural experience of the life of an ensemble in creation, in rehearsals and on tour.

The Medinea Project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. The Medinea Project Valletta session is in co-production with the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra. It is a project hosted by ARC Research & Consultancy with the support of Arts Council Malta and in collaboration with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and the School of Performing Arts, University of Malta.

Photos: Lindsey Bahia

Medinea Session at Valletta Campus Theatre - February 2020