When? 9th – 14th of August 2021

Where? Monastery Mekinje, Kamfest (Kamnik, Slovenia)

What?
Monday – Friday: Masterclass, Special Courses, Fiddle Gang Jam
Saturday: hiking, mentor’s concert, last party
(According to weather we can change the hiking day. In this case the program is moved to Saturday.)

Participants can choose from 2 programs:
Masterclass (advanced level, audition tape required)
Special Courses (medium-advanced level)

Our mission is:
– connecting European influential crossover fiddlers with more focus on the instrument specialities than at traditional Ethno
– to learn from specialized fiddlers for some region/style
– to give a chance to join professionals
– to join every day’s ‘Fiddle Gang Jam’, with the set list known in advance, organized rhythm section and provided materials
– experiencing every day’s spontaneous jam sessions

Fiddle Gang Jam
There will be a Godalkanje tent at the festival Kamfest in the downtown of Kamnik, reserved only for Balkan Fiddle Gate participant’s performing. Every evening’s Fiddle Gang Jam and the mentor’s concert. Rather than preparing a concert production, we will include the learned materials in the ‘Fiddle Gang Jam’ every day. Special Courses mentors will be curators of Fiddle Gang Jam’s line-up and set list. We will hire some professionals as a rhythm section. 1 hour set. After that, a free jam.
8PM – Fiddle Gang Jam
9PM – free jam session

Participation & Lodging

All participants will live and practice in the Monastery Mekinje, 15 minutes walk from Kamnik down-town.

Participation fee:
usual participation fee: 210 €
special price for 2021 (the festival pays 1/3): 140 €
one day boarding (one Masterclass and one Special Courses session): 40 €

If you would like to contribute to our project, support the arts and feel you can afford to give more money, we would be happy if you consider paying the solidarity price within your financial possibilities of your own choice. With this solidarity fee, you help us continue to offer events for a wide range of young musicians at an affordable price….

Accommodation and food (special price for the Balkan Fiddle Gate):
Monday, 9. 8. (lunch) – Saturday, 14. 8. (breakfast): 170 €
coming earlier or staying longer:
20 € – accomodation with breakfast
27 € – half pension
32 € – full pension

Saturday: one free hot meal at the festival Kamfest

Dates: 9th – 14th of August 2021
Location: Monastery Mekinje, Kamfest (Kamnik, Slovenia)

  • at least 5 international Special Courses mentors, VIP participants of ‘Masterclass’
  • limited to 12 participants
  • for medium / advanced level
  • learning new tunes from scratch by ear
  • every afternoon 3 x 50 minutes sessions
  • free passive participation to the morning ‘Masterclass’ (we demand one informative visit)
  • morning practice in small groups for ‘Fiddle Gang Jam’

3 PM, 4PM, 5PM – three tune-learning sessions every day

kdaj? 28. – 30. 6. 2019

kje? San Simon, Galicija (Španija)

kaj? Bojan in Barja bosta mentorja na delavnicah za odrasle “Encordass”, ki jih prireja Galicia Fiddle. Letošnja tema je vzhodnoevropska glasba.

Nekaj utrinkov si lahko ogledate tukaj.

When: 1–3 April 2016

Where: Rimska cesta 2b, Ljubljana

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Who: 

Barja Drnovšek graduated at the Carinthian State Conservatorium with Prof Helfried Fister and obtained her master’s degree from the Academy of Music in Ljubljana with Prof Gorjan Košuta.

While pursuing her studies, she found folk music intriguing, which led her to attend various workshops and folk camps (Etno Histeria, Trad. Lockenhaus music workshop etc.). In addition to classical orchestras (SFK Symphony Orchestra, Wiener Jeunesse Orchester, Arseia String Orchestra, MLS, Junge Philharmonie Wien etc.), she has been increasingly engaged in a number of ensembles that play folk music (Symbolic Orchestra, Terrafolk, Ida&Other Bears, Grad gori!, a duet with Bojan Cvetrežnik, Svetlana Makarovič, Baraka etc.). Soon, however, this activity became a profession and she quit her job at a public school and became a freelance musician and a music teacher. She teaches violin and other instruments and holds workshops as part of the educational programmes of the ONE Music Society. In addition, Drnovšek takes part in theatre and puppet performances and works as a session musician recording music for films, cartoons and pop musicians.

What:

BALFOLK

Explore folk dances from those European countries where dancing is part of everyday life, where people do not wear traditional costumes and do not dance to “perform” but rather out of pure joy – everyone, young and old. You will make a journey to France, Italy and Belgium, through Scandinavia and to the Balkans, and learn about the music and the basic steps for the mazurka, schottish, circle circassien, kolo, polska, hanter dro, chapelloise and others. Expand your repertoire with tunes that can inspire our pupils as well as our classical performances. If we play them around the world, someone will definitely move their feet at some point.

Video:

Timetable:

Friday, 6pm–9pm;

Saturday 10am–1pm, 4pm–7pm;

Sunday 10am–1pm, 4pm–7pm, final performance;

Participants are required to attend all workshops of the course.

Price:

150€/workshop ; 450€/yearly participation (90€/workshop)

Deadline for an application:

8 days before each workshop

Deadline for payment :  

September 24th for the yearly participation.

For one course: on the day of the course. 

Yearly participation has to be paid in 3 amounts of 150€ (before the September, November and January courses)

If you wish to be a part of our courses, just send a mail on:   mail.specialcourses@gmail.com  and we will send you an invoice.

When: 4–6 March 2016

Where: Rimska cesta 2b, Ljubljana

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Who: 

Bojan Cvetrežnik studied classical music. He obtained his degree in viola performance in the class of prof. Mile Kosi and improved his knowledge in Klagenfurt and Berlin as well as on master classes (with Helfried Fister, Kim Kashkashian, Diemut Poppen, Tabea Zimmermann, Laszlo Barshony, Carol Rodland, Hartmud Rhode, Mathias Buchholz). He started his professional career in classical music as professor of viola and chamber music at the Maribor Music Conservatory, as well as a viola soloist with the Opera Orchestra in Ljubljana. The curiosity of the unknown and his innovative spirit soon led him to exploring various musical styles, learning other stringed instruments and composing his own music, from simple songs to scores for symphonic orchestras. He played with numerous big names of various musical styles, such as Vinko Globokar, Vladko Stefanovski, Neil Innes, Arvid Engegård, Renato Chicco, Simone Zanchini… He worked as production manager of the RTV Slovenia Symphonic Orchestra and the Jenaer Philharmonie. He was a member of the Terrafolk music group when they received the BBC World Music Award, and worked as a violinist soloist in the Canadian artistic theatre Cirque du Soleil. In 2005, he founded the ONE Music Society, committed to the equality of diverse musical expressions. In 2006, he founded the Symbolic Orchestra which brings together over 100 musicians from all over Europe and performs music in extremely diverse cultural environments. Since 2010, he has been intensively working in education of both beginners and professionals as a visiting lecturer but also within the Godalkanje programmes. He teaches elementary classes of violin in the fourth grade of the Waldorf Elementary School. When designing his methodology, he finds the biggest inspiration in self-taught musicians. He invented playful approaches to understanding musical theory, such as ‘Singing Ludo’, ‘Singing Bingo’, tablet applications and other puzzles. He likes to say: “I can only talk seriously to those who understand jokes.”

What:

TRAINING FOR VIOLIN TEACHERS

Understanding and actions in the first learning period, prior to reading notes.

Playing without notes does not mean excluding music theory. Understanding music theory allows self-taught musicians to perform music they acquired by ear on various instruments with a melodic, bass, harmonic or rhythmic role. With my students, we perform the technical placement on the violin consistently with very clear metaphors. Children are able to self-assess the correctness of a particular layout or technique and can thus seek the most suitable way for them to a relaxed play and a good listening control.

Which goals are more effectively achieved in individual, and which in group classes? I do not want to name my work as a new method, because harmful specifications are needed when defining and marketing methods. I wish teachers were flexible enough to be able to quickly write an etude or an exercise for their students, and not only use centuries-old exercises written by the best teachers of the time and intended for their disciples. This said, it is necessary to have clearly defined priorities. I put a strong emphasis on the child’s musical taste, immediate performances and the integration of music in their everyday life and other activities. You are invited to come meet swimming pools, jumpers, swimmers, airports, mountains, lowland, highways, wheels, fish, balloons and so many other fun accessories!

Video:

Timetable:

Friday, 6pm–9pm;

Saturday 10am–1pm, 4pm–7pm;

Sunday 10am–1pm, 4pm–7pm, final performance;

Participants are required to attend all workshops of the course.

Price:

150€/workshop ; 450€/yearly participation (90€/workshop)

Deadline for an application:

8 days before each workshop

Deadline for payment :  

September 24th for the yearly participation.

For one course: on the day of the course. 

Yearly participation has to be paid in 3 amounts of 150€ (before the September, November and January courses)

If you wish to be a part of our courses, just send a mail on:   mail.specialcourses@gmail.com  and we will send you an invoice.

 

 

When: 8–10 January 2016

Where: Rimska cesta 2b, Ljubljana

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Who: 

Jean was born in 1987 in France. He got his certificate in Violin, Chamber music and Musical formation at the National Music Academia of Aix-en-Provence in 2003. He was developing his violin skills by extensive work on improvised music, especially jazz and swing, by playing chamber and orchestral music at his Academy, and by superior studies at the National Music Academia of Aix-en-Provence under the direction of Michel Devert. In addition to his own violin studies, he has also cooperated in the large-scale project on transcription and conservation of traditional Romanian folk tunes.

He collaborated and performed with numerous significant music groups, such as European Symbolic Orchestra of Ljubljana, Tchayok trio (Russian and Russian-gipsy music), Troïka ensemble (Russian music), Big Band Outch Men Orchestra, Clair de Lune formation in Romania, Tzwing quartet… He experienced many music styles in cooperation with famous musicians: Moldovan cymbalist Mihai Trestian, Moldovan accordionist Andreï Tasnicenco, Romanian accordionist Roberto de Braşov, French violinist Emilio Castiello, Romanian violinist Marcel Râmba, and Manouche musician Tcha Limberger, just to name a few. He founded music groups such as: Flamenclasico project, a synthesis of Flamenca music and classical Spanish music , Violin Summit duo in collaboration with the world-class violinist François Arnaud, Aalma di Luna sextet, a fusion of Clair de Lune and Aalma Dili trios.

He was a Masterclass teacher at the Initiation to improvised Manouche Swing in the Grand Théâtre de Provence in 2009 and in 2011, he led weekly classes of Balkanic music in Steiner schools.

What:

ROMANIAN VIOLIN

Tunes and technical specificities of violin playing in Romania.

The Romanian musical tradition is made up of several different regional styles. Transylvania gathers one of the richest heritages in the region, with its historical admixture of Hungarian, Romanian, Jewish, Roma (gipsy) and German traditions.

We will study traditional tunes from Transylvania with different dance rhythms and specific phrasings, bows strokes and ornaments. We will also learn accompaniment and secondary voices.

Required level:

Good technical knowledge of the instrument. Acquisition “by ear” and not only by reading.

 

Video:

Timetable:

Friday, 6pm–9pm;

Saturday 10am–1pm, 4pm–7pm;

Sunday 10am–1pm, 4pm–7pm, final performance;

Participants are required to attend all workshops of the course.

Price:

150€/workshop ; 450€/yearly participation (90€/workshop)

Deadline for an application:

8 days before each workshop

Deadline for payment :  

September 24th for the yearly participation.

For one course: on the day of the course. 

Yearly participation has to be paid in 3 amounts of 150€ (before the September, November and January courses)

If you wish to be a part of our courses, just send a mail on:   mail.specialcourses@gmail.com  and we will send you an invoice.

 

 

When: 13–15 November 2015

Where: Rimska cesta 2b, Ljubljana

 

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Who:

Dario Marušić was born in 1957. He spent his childhood in the North-Istrian countryside in direct contact with the Istrian traditional music. He began exploring Istrian music as early as in high school and started collecting the material he later published in numerous articles and three books: “Predi, predi hći moja”, “Piskaj, Sona, Sopi” and “Strumenti e tradizioni tra Friuli e Istria”.
Marušić has participated in numerous research projects on fiddling, traditional singing and Istrian pipe playing and he has had an important role in the revitalization of traditional groups, music and musical instruments of northern Istria in general. He has collaborated with several musical groups and musicians like Angelo Branduardi (Futuro antico II), David Shea (Poem de nuestra signora), The Chieftains and with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Ljubljana.

In addition to collaborations, he performs as a soloist with his group IstradMarusic and engages in research, teaching and leading music workshops of Istrian music.
He worked on the preparation of the “Istrian Ethnomusical Microcosm” funded by the Croatian Ministry of Culture, which was the Croatian proposal for the UNESCO Proclamation of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. At the moment, he is working on a research project “Praksa viulina i bajsa u Istri – La prassi del violino e bassetto in Istria”. Up to date, he released 16 albums.
Here are some awards and praises he received:

– Silver Plaque of the municipality of Koper / Koper 1989,

– Golden Plaque of the municipality of Koper / Koper 1992,

– Croatian Prize for the best instrumentalist STATUS 1999,

– Croatian musical award PORIN 1999,

– Award for contribution to the preservation of the Istrian identity Alojz Kocjančič 2001.

 

What:

ISTRIAN VIOLIN

– Cultural environment of Istria, more specifically in the area where violin tradition was developed

– Technical characteristics as the basis of style

– Relations with other musical instruments when playing together

 

Video:

 

Timetable:

Friday, 6pm–9pm;
Saturday 10am–1pm, 4pm–7pm;
Sunday 10am–1pm, 4pm–7pm, final performance;
Participants are required to attend all workshops of the course.
Price:
150€/workshop ; 450€/yearly participation (90€/workshop)

Deadline for an application:

8 days before each workshop

Deadline for payment :

September 24th for the yearly participation.
For one course: on the day of the course.
Yearly participation has to be paid in 3 amounts of 150€ (before the September, November and January courses)
If you wish to be a part of our courses, just send a mail on: mail.specialcourses@gmail.com and we will send you an invoice.

 

When: 18–20 September 2015

Where: Rimska cesta 2b, Ljubljana

 

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Who:

Zoltán Lantos appeared on the European jazz scene while studying at the Music Academy in his hometown, Budapest. Drawn to experimental and Eastern music, he traveled to India in 1985 to study Indian classical music.

In 1994, after 9 years of studying, traveling, teaching, and performing in India, Lantos returned to Europe. Through violin improvisation and composing, he began rediscovering his musical roots. He found his musical language by blending Hungarian and classical traditions with Eastern music and contemporary European jazz. Over the years, Lantos’ musical voyage has brought him together with artists like Ramesh Shotham, Charlie Mariano, Dhafer Youssef, Rabih Abou-Khalil, Loreena McKennitt, Larry Corryell, Steve Coleman, George Brooks,Trilok Gurtu, Eivind Aarset, Nils Petter Molvaer and many others.

Zoltán Lantos plays a custom-built 5 string violin and a 5+16 sympathetic string violin, enhanced by using electronics and live sampling.

 

What:

INDIA TO JAZZ

Solo-violin compositions and improvisations, even using my voice, live electronics and loopers, floating and drifting in a constantly evolving multidimensional sonic universe of my own, which reflects the spirituality and depth of Indian and other Eastern music, the vibrant dance of folk music, the complexity of contemporary jazz, the intellectuality of classical music, the ambiance and the pulse of electronic grooves… in a minimalistic, experimental and free spirited fashion, with deep respect to the masters who helped and influenced me.

 

Video:


Timetable:

Friday, 6pm–9pm;
Saturday 10am–1pm, 4pm–7pm;
Sunday 10am–1pm, 4pm–7pm, final performance;
Participants are required to attend all workshops of the course.
Price:
150€/workshop ; 450€/yearly participation (90€/workshop)

Deadline for an application:

8 days before each workshop

Deadline for payment :

September 24th for the yearly participation.
For one course: on the day of the course.
Yearly participation has to be paid in 3 amounts of 150€ (before the September, November and January courses)
If you wish to be a part of our courses, just send a mail on: mail.specialcourses@gmail.com and we will send you an invoice.

When: 2015/16

Where: Rimska cesta 2b, Ljubljana

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We realised courses in following subjects:

– September 18-20: Zoltán Lantos (HU) – INDIA TO JAZZ

– November 13–15: Dario Marušić (CRO) – ISTRIAN VIOLIN

– January 8–10: Jean Christophe Gairard (FRA) – ROMANIAN VIOLIN

– March 4–6: Bojan Cvetrežnik (SLO) – VIOLIN TEACHER’S TRAINING

– April 1–3: Barja Drnovšek (SLO) – BALFOLK

Last years workshops:

Timetable:

Friday, 6pm–9pm;

Saturday 10am–1pm, 4pm–7pm;

Sunday 10am–1pm, 4pm–7pm, final performance;

Participants are required to attend all workshops of the course.

Price:

150€/workshop ; 450€/yearly participation (90€/workshop)

Deadline for application:

8 days before each workshop

September 24th for the yearly participation.

Deadline for payment:

For one course: on the day of the course.

Yearly participation has to be paid in 3 amounts of 150€ (before the September, November and January courses).

If you wish to be a part of our courses, please send a mail on: mail.specialcourses@gmail.com  and we will send you an invoice

Special Courses:

The Special Courses are the initiative of Godalkanje.org open source music education in Slovenia. It is a part of the One Music Society activities that are orientated towards sound ecology, equal rights for different music styles and run new economy experiments with music production. In Slovenian, ‘godala’ means ‘bowed string instruments’. Godalkanje courses take place since 2010 with the intention to present as much diversity as possible in order to give string players a lot of opportunities for further investigation. As the founder Bojan Cvetrežnik said, he only found how diverse European violin music is after having worked as a violinist-soloist in Cirque du Soleil, as a principal viola player in the Slovenian National Opera Orchestra, as a member of the BBC awarded progressive group Terrafolk and as the founder of Symbolic Orchestra. Each major violin folk movement (Celtic, Scandinavian, Balkan, Slavic, Romanian, Latin, Alp region…) has hundreds of different violin styles inside, even on very small territories. If we add this to hundreds of years of written music in classical music, traditional and contemporary jazz violin, rock and electronic music, it would be extremely difficult to find a better symbol for the European musical diversity than the violin is.

Of course viola, cello and bass are also commonly used, as well as other bowed instruments (nyckelharpa, kontra, early music instruments…). The courses are mostly run by playing ‘all together’ and with a strong intention to perform publicly as soon as possible, not excluding all the opportunities given by Ljubljana architecture. A smaller group of participants uses the repertoire of the courses for group playing or performing with their groups outside Special Courses. All fears about how the integration with the new worlds will turn out must immediately be eliminated. That was proved too many times to still doubt about it. All different, all equal. If there are doubts about the level of younger players please contact us and we can arrange a Skype meeting; or send us a video recording of playing at the recent level.

Recommended hostel: Vila Veselova

The Special Courses are the initiative of Godalkanje.org open source music education in Slovenia. It is a part of the One Music Society activities that are orientated towards sound ecology, equal rights for different music styles and run new economy experiments with music production. In Slovenian, ‘godala’ means ‘bowed string instruments’. Godalkanje courses take place since 2010 with the intention to present as much diversity as possible in order to give string players a lot of opportunities for further investigation. As the founder Bojan Cvetrežnik said, he only found how diverse European violin music is after having worked as a violinist-soloist in Cirque du Soleil, as a principal viola player in the Slovenian National Opera Orchestra, as a member of the BBC awarded progressive group Terrafolk and as the founder of Symbolic Orchestra. Each major violin folk movement (Celtic, Scandinavian, Balkan, Slavic, Romanian, Latin, Alp region…) has hundreds of different violin styles inside, even on very small territories. If we add this to hundreds of years of written music in classical music, traditional and contemporary jazz violin, rock and electronic music, it would be extremely difficult to find a better symbol for the European musical diversity than the violin is.

Of course viola, cello and bass are also commonly used, as well as other bowed instruments (nyckelharpa, kontra, early music instruments…). The courses are mostly run by playing ‘all together’ and with a strong intention to perform publicly as soon as possible, not excluding all the opportunities given by Ljubljana architecture. A smaller group of participants uses the repertoire of the courses for group playing or performing with their groups outside Special Courses. All fears about how the integration with the new worlds will turn out must immediately be eliminated. That was proved too many times to still doubt about it. All different, all equal. If there are doubts about the level of younger players please contact us and we can arrange a Skype meeting; or send us a video recording of playing at the recent level.

 

Godalkanje Special Courses 2014/15

Romanian Violin