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IMPROVISATION #1

Format: workshop

Aimed at: instrumentalists and singers playing melody instruments

Level: beginner to moderately advancd

Date: March 16, 2019

Time: 10am-1pm

Description: This is the first of three successive workshops aimed at players of melody instruments as well as singers also playing such an instrument. It is possible to join the course in workshops #2 and #3, if the participant is moderately skilled in basic improvisation. In order to benefit from the workshop, several years of playing (not improvising) experience is required, as well as basic familiarity with chords (triads and tetrachords) and major and minor scales with at least two accidentals. Contents of this course cover the building of tetra- and other elaborate chords , scales and tonal sequences, the developing of improvisations and suspense over typical chord changes and cadences, as well as the studying of reference repertoire.

Instructor: Wolfgang Seligo is a formally trained pianist and has been teaching at the VMI for many years. He has performed at international concert tours in Russia, China, Italy, Morocco, Hungary, Poland, Turkey or the USA. He is also working as a composer, producer and media composer for the movies, tv, radio and a number of record labels.

Fee: €70

Registration: On-line registration

 

 

NEW SOUNDS ON DRUMSET #1

Format: workshop

Aimed at: drummers

Level: all levels

Date: March 29, 2019

Time: 12-2pm

Description: The drum set consists of many individual instruments, all able to produce a wide range of sounds. In this interactive workshop, the participants, along with Jörg Mikula, explore new playing and sonic possibilities in an interactive course aimed at all levels, and at all drummers seeking to broaden their vocabulary without having to invest years of practice. Notwithstanding the importance and benefit of a comprehensive year-long practicing routine, these two independent (and thus non-successive) workshops aim at finding certain shortcuts, and target some areas that may have been overlooked previously.

Instructor: Jörg Mikula studied at the Kunstuniversität Graz and the Berklee College of Music in Boston, pursuing follow-up studies in Uganda and Morocco. The versatile drummer has performed with many musicians and bands in a host of different countries, and has released the album "Drumsongs", featuring his own compositions for solo drums, in 2013.

Fee: €70

Registration: On-line registration

 

 

ABLETON LIVE BASICS I: Beat Programming & Sampler

Format: workshop

Aimed at: inquisitive minds interested in various aspects of music

Level: beginner to moderately advanced

Date: March 29, 2019

Uhrzeit: 3-7 pm

Description: Why do I have to forsake the strict digital parameters in order to make my rhythms sounds more lively? Explore the basics of a sequencer, and program your first beats via MIDI in this interactive course. Build variations of your rhythms, assemble them to a first small live set and learn how to make them groove and swing. Familiarize yourself with the basic parameters of a sampler and shape your sounds to your taste. Bring your laptop with a trial version of Ableton Live pre- installed, along with headphones, to the workshop.

Instructor: Daniel Kohlmeigner is an expert in all things electronic music and sound design. He has performed in many countries and has garnered international recognition as a part of the electronic duo 'Ogris Debris'. This group has earned numerous prizes and was nominated for the Amadeus Austrian Music Award in the "Best Electronic/Dance" category, for the FM4 Award as well as the Austrian Music Video Award.

Fee: €90

Registration: On-line registration

 

 

SOUNDPAINTING #1: Introduction to a sign language for musicians

Format: workshop

Aimed at: musicians, dancers, actors, teachers and visual artists

Level: all levels

Date: April 12, 2019

Time: 2-6pm

Description: Soundpainting is a multidisciplinary compositional sign language for musicians, dancers, actors, teachers and visual artists. In 1974, Walter Thompson established it as an art form geared towards real-time composing. Soundpainting vocabulary consists of around 1500 different gestures (words) transmitted by the conductor (soundpainter) to an ensemble. Its members are thus directed as to who/how/when/what should be played or improvised. The resulting music is a lively dialogue between real-time composer and ensemble, yielding exciting and entertaining performances.

Instructor: Samu Gryllus is a certified soundpainter, as well as a university-trained musical pedagogue and jazz bass player. A sought-after composer, his work includes over 40 theater and film productions performed/screened at big festivals in many different countries.

Fee: €120

Registration: On-line registration

 

 

MIXING/PRODUCTION WORKSHOP: from recording to production to mastering

Format: workshop

Aimed at: musicians, music producers, music students

Level: advanced

Date: March 30, 2019

Time: 1-5pm

Description: Music producer Joerg Mayr explains the process from recording to mastering the song "Roboter" by the Urban Brass Band "Moop Mama". The song serves as a reference recording showing how the original soundscape of a composition can be radically altered by the production process. The workshop participants get a quick yet thorough insight into what professional-grade and skillful music production can achieve, and the key points that need to be observed in the process.

Instructor: Joerg Mayr has been a mixing, producing and sound engineer both in the studio and live since 1990. He started his carrer, as was the custom at the time, as an assistant in local studios, and quickly developed into an independent and internationally active professional with currently over 25 years of experience. Since the academic year 2018/19, he has been teaching at the VMI, coaching the students in the fields of mixing and mastering, as well as miking and recording techniques.

Fee: €140

Registration: On-line registration

 

 

NEW SOUNDS ON DRUMSET #2

Format: workshop

Aimed at: drummers

Level: all levels

Date: April 5, 2019

Time: 12-2pm

Description: The second workshop of this series presents numerous interesting approaches to shaping drumsounds and -techniques. The drumset is freed from the boundaries of a mere rhythmic and comping instrument, and led into the realm of melody and lead. Like the first workshop led by Jörg Mikula, this one is conceived on an interactive basis. All levels may participate, and the course should benefit those interested in broadening the expressive means of the drums..

Instructor: Jörg Mikula is active as a drummer and musician in a great variety of stylistic fields. His playing embraces influences from Africa, South America, the Balkans and the Near East as well as elements of the anglo-american jazz and pop culture. He has collaborated with a host of different musicians and bands, including Jose Saluzzi, Özlem Bulut, Mahan Mirarab, Daniel Zamir, Tord Gustavsen, Selen Gulun, the Sandy Lopicic Orkestar or the band Donauwellenreiter.

Fee: €70

Registration: On-line registration

 

 

POPULAR MUSIC FOR CLASSIC GUITARISTS

Format: training seminar

Aimed at: music school teachers, guitarists and students

Level: intermediate to advanced

Date: April 6, 2019

Time: 10am-1pm and 2-5pm

Description: Musical studies on classical instruments have increasingly come to embrace elements of popular music. The respective curriculae aimed at training teachers at music schools and other institutions have thus far somewhat neglected this aspect, especially in the fields of sound shaping, rhtythm, harmony and improvisation. Of all instruments, the guitar specifically presents a challenge to all teachers, since its key influence and seminal role in the entire popular music idiom is undisputed.

Instructor: Course teacher Conrad Schrenk has been teaching classical and electric guitar at the Niederoesterreichische Musikschulwerk (Lower Austrian Music School Network) for several decades and is familiar with the challenges faced by teachers when it comes to tackling electric guitar in classes that have traditionally been focusing on the classical instrument. In this hands-on seminar, the well-versed guitarist and pedagogue looks at both instruments and respective teaching content, focusing on the common ground between both and analyzing the similarities in a comprehensive and systematic way. On the menu are differences in contruction, playing technique, sound shaping, literature, stylistics, harmony, rhythm, improvisation, as well as the use of amplifiers, effects and digital teaching tools.

Fee: €140

Registration:

Registration: On-line registration

 

 

IMPROVISATION #2

Format: workshop

Aimed at: instrumentalists and singers playing melody instruments

Level: intermediate to moderately advanced

Date: April 6, 2019

Time: 10am-1pm

Description: The second improvisation workshop draws on the content of the improvisation #1 course and explores further options in that domain, including additional scales, tetra- and other chords of higher order, as well as increasingly complex chord sequences, substitution possibilities and harmonic cadences. A special focus in the improvisation #2 workshop lies on the musical application, rhythmic elaboration and phrasing of the elements developed in the course. Participants with sufficient prior skills and knowledge may skip the firts workshop and dive right into #2. Wolfgang Seligos workshops build on the experience gleaned from prior courses, and are aimed at instrumentalists as well as singers playing melody instruments.

Instructor: Wolfgang Seligos compositions blend Jazz, Ethno, Classical and Rock music into a funky, groovy sound, along with elements of free improvisation. This somewhat distinctive mix makes for an organic, highly accessible piano jazz, the likes of which are rarely heard. (Steinway Austria Magazine)

Fee: €70

Registration: On-line registration

 

 

ABLETON LIVE BASICS II: Arrangement & Synthesizer

Format: workshop

Aimed at: inquisitive minds interested in various aspects of music

Level: beginner to moderately advanced

Date: May 3rd, 2019

Time: 3-7 pm

Description: How does de-tuning and the addition of noise suddenly make electronic sounds more interesting? Learn how to assemble your first building blocks to a proper arrangement, and work on the sequence of different musical parts. Discover the fundamental elements of a synthesizer; learn how to alter sounds and how to create your own. Make your own basslines, melodies and chords, putting to use the synthesizer sounds you created yourself, and thus come closer to completing an entire track. Bring your laptop with a trial version of Ableton Live pre- installed, along with headphones, to the workshop.

Instructor: Daniel Kohlmeigner is an expert in all things electronic music and sound design. He has performed in many countries and has garnered international recognition as a part of the electronic duo 'Ogris Debris'. This group has earned numerous prizes and was nominated for the Amadeus Austrian Music Award in the "Best Electronic/Dance" category, for the FM4 Award as well as the Austrian Music Video Award.

Fee: €90

Registration: On-line registration

 

 

SOUNDPAINTING #2: Multidisciplinary soundpainting composing

Format: workshop

Aimed at: musicians, dancers, actors, teachers and visual artists

Level: all levels

Date: Mai 3, 2019

Time: 2-6pm

Description: Soundpainting is a multidisciplinary compositional sign language for musicians, dancers, actors, teachers and visual artists. In 1974, Walter Thompson established it as an art form geared towards real-time composing. Soundpainting vocabulary consists of around 1500 different gestures (words) transmitted by the conductor (soundpainter) to an ensemble. Its members are thus directed as to who/how/when/what should be played or improvised. The resulting music is a lively dialogue between real-time composer and ensemble, yielding exciting and entertaining performances.

Instructor: Samu Gryllus is a certified soundpainter, as well as a university-trained musical pedagogue and jazz bass player. A sought-after composer, his work includes over 40 theater and film productions performed/screened at big festivals in many different countries.

Fee: €120

Registration: On-line registration

 

 

IMPROVISATION #3

Format: workshop

Aimed at: instrumentalists and singers playing melody instruments

Level: advanced

Date: May 11, 2019

Time: 10am-1pm

Description: The thrid and last improvisation workshop of the summer term 2019 focuses on expanded approaches to improvisation, seeking to increase the musical freedom by using ever more complex scales, harmonies and chord changes. Among the topics examined to further the proficiency in the language of musical improvisation are the correct use of tensions and alterations, stacked triads and rhythmic variations , different phrasings and the building of suspense, all of which make up the content of the improvisation #3 course. To conclude, the workshop participants will receive a host of useful tips and guides that should prove instrumental in promoting their self-studies in that particular field. Participants with sufficient prior knowledge/improvisational skills may enrol in improvisation #3 directly, skipping the two prior worhshops of that series.

Instructor: Wolfgang Seligo is a formally trained pianist and has been teaching at the VMI for many years. He has performed at international concert tours in Russia, China, Italy, Morocco, Hungary, Poland, Turkey or the USA. He is also working as a composer, producer and media composer for the movies, tv, radio and a number of record labels.

Fee: €70

Registration: On-line registration

 

 

GUITAR BOOT CAMP: Modern playing techniques for guitar

Format: Weekend intensive seminar

Aimed at: guitarists

Level: advanced

Date: May 18 and 19, 2019

Time: Sat 10am-1pm and 2-5pm / Sun 2-5pm

Description: In a joint intensive course, the guitarists Conrad Schrenk and Fred Eisler share their extensive know-how with interested fellow instrumentalists. Both have been teaching at the VMI for many years now and shed light, in this seminar, on their respective approaches to all challenges modern guitar players are facing today. Among the topics tackled are the conjuring of personal sonic landscapes, their implementation on the instrument as well as practical applications in improvisation, composition and arrangement. Modern playing techniques, such as hybrid picking, sweep picking, two-handed tapping and many others, as well as related concepts from the fields of harmony, rhythm and sound esthetics are also dicussed in this course. Moreover, Conrad Schrenk and Fred Eisler offer a useful guide to optimizing the daily pratise routine; they demonstrate their own approaches to music and, more specifically, the guitar. The seminars structured schedule notwithstanding, participants will have ample opportunity for specific questions on the topic, and will receive a comprehensive handout to documents the courses content.

Instructors: The two instructors, Conrad Schrenk and Fred Eisler, have been teaching at the VMI for almost two decades, and are well-versed in both the transfer of knowledge and the live concert routine, as documented by numerous collaborations with outstanding musicians and bands, ranging from Dean Bowman to Falco.

Fee: €270

Registration: On-line registration

 

 

ABLETON LIVE BASICS III: Mixdown, mastering & export

Format: workshop

Aimed at: inquisitive minds interested in various aspects of music

Level: beginner to moderately advanced

Date: Mai 24, 2019

Time: 3-7 pm

Description: Why do I have to specifically school my hearing to improve on my mixing skills? Learn how to identify the key points that are critical to shaping your productions so that they sound just like you want them to. Discover the workings of an equalizer, a compressor or a limiter, and familiarize yourself with the ramifications of different volume levels within a digital environment. Immerse yourself in the colors shaped by your individual sounds, and mix down your fine-tuned mix to a stereo audio file. Bring your laptop with a trial version of Ableton Live pre- installed, along with headphones, to the workshop.

Instructor: Daniel Kohlmeigner is an expert in all things electronic music and sound design. He has performed in many countries and has garnered international recognition as a part of the electronic duo 'Ogris Debris'. This group has earned numerous prizes and was nominated for the Amadeus Austrian Music Award in the "Best Electronic/Dance" category, for the FM4 Award as well as the Austrian Music Video Award.

Fee: €90

Registration: On-line registration

 

 

ANALOG/DIGITAL/HYBRID: Modern sound & recording techniques

Format: seminar

Aimed at: guitarists and music producers

Level: moderately advanced to advanced

Date: June 15, 2019

Time: 10am-1pm and 2-5pm

Description: The technical changes brought about by the digital era have greatly affected the recording process, especially with regards to electric guitar. While a succesfull guitar recording used to depend on high volume, innovations in the field of home recording now yield top-notch results at a comparatively modest expense. This seminar examines how to proceed and what to look out for, in all things guitar recording. In a series of hands-on trials, the best amp-, speaker- and microphone simulations are compared to the actual devices they seek to emulate. The comparisons will obviously focus on sound; the sensible blending of digital and analogue techniques within the recording process will equally be explored in this course.

Instructor: Conrad Schrenk has worked with many reknown national and international acts of the national and international music scene and ranks among the most virtuoso players in Europe. His collaborations include Al Jarreau, Lionel Richie, Thomas Lang ,Falco, Wolfgang Ambros, Georg Danzer, STS, Wilfried, Russkaja, Hallucination Company, Nouvelle Cuisine or the Wiener Symphoniker. In 2017, this exceptional guitarist was voted amongst the best 100 fusion players worldwide.

Fee: €170

Registration: On-line registration

 

 

SOUNDPAINTING #3: Soundpainting in education

Format: workshop

Aimed at: musicians, dancers, actors, teachers and visual artists

Level: all levels

Date: May 17, 2019

Time: 2-6pm

Description: Soundpainting is a multidisciplinary compositional sign language for musicians, dancers, actors, teachers and visual artists. In 1974, Walter Thompson established it as an art form geared towards real-time composing. Soundpainting vocabulary consists of around 1500 different gestures (words) transmitted by the conductor (soundpainter) to an ensemble. Its members are thus directed as to who/how/when/what should be played or improvised. The resulting music is a lively dialogue between real-time composer and ensemble, yielding exciting and entertaining performances.

Instructor: Samu Gryllus is a certified soundpainter, as well as a university-trained musical pedagogue and jazz bass player. A sought-after composer, his work includes over 40 theater and film productions performed/screened at big festivals in many different countriesn.

Fee: €120

Registration: On-line registration

 

 

STAGE PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP

Format: workshop

Aimed at: singers and instrumentalists

Level: moderately advanced to advanced

Date: May 31, 2019

Time: 2-5 pm

Description: To master the tools of the trade is an aspect in a singers or players performance that is commonly considered a prerequisite, by the audience. However, the importance of delivering a professional-grade performance, at least equally as important, is often overlooked. In this workshop, Gisele Jackson, who has shared the stage with the likes of Ray Charles, Donna Summer or James Brown, explains and demonstrates the key elements of a convincing performance, and how small details can make a big difference. Invest three hours of your musical life in a performance workshop, and get individual coaching from a top-notch professional in this field..

Instructor: Gisele Jackson toured as "Raylette" with Ray Charles at the climax of his career, after having performed many times with Donna Summer and James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, all over the world. Her credentials include big festivals and ceremonies, performances at Hollywood premieres or at the famous Carnegie Hall, and extend to over 30 countries and several continents. Her world-famous hit "Love Commandments" rose to number three of the Billboard Charts..

Fee: €90

Registration: On-line registration

 

 

BAND PROFILING BOOT CAMP: Band Coaching & Recording Weekend

Format: workshop

Aimed at: bands

Level: intermediate to advanced

Date: June 1 and 2, 2019

Time: 10 am-1 pm and 2-5 pm (on both days)

Description: In theory, there is much potential in the musical endeavours of a group (band)- however, the practical implementation on the way to success often proves difficult. For one, the objective look from the outside is often missing; also, communication and the ensuing catalyst or impeding processes within the group are subject to the laws of social dynamics. All these fields, in a professionally structured band process, are usually supervised and optimized by the so-called producer. The VMI offers an exclusive weekend seminar for all bands interested in such an optimization of its recources, with professional supervision.

Instructor: Seasoned and internationally reknown musician, producer and head of the music production department at VMI, Conrad Schrenk, is sharing his extraordinary know-how with the participants of this intensive workshop, focussing on theoretical knwoledge and its implementation, aimed at ensuring the success of a music production project. Conrad Schrenk has worked with many reknown national and international acts of the national and international music scene and ranks among the most virtuoso players in Europe. His collaborations include Al Jarreau, Lionel Richie, Thomas Lang ,Falco, Wolfgang Ambros, Georg Danzer, STS, Wilfried, Russkaja, Hallucination Company, Nouvelle Cuisine or the Wiener Symphoniker. In 2017, this exceptional guitarist was voted amongst the best 100 fusion players worldwide.

Fee: 1,200 (for the whole band)

Registration: On-line registration

 

 

SOUNDPAINTING #4: Soundpainting in the performance practice

Format: workshop

Aimed at: musicians, dancers, actors, teachers and visual artists

Level: all levels

Date: June 14, 2019

Time: 2-6pm

Description: Soundpainting is a multidisciplinary compositional sign language for musicians, dancers, actors, teachers and visual artists. In 1974, Walter Thompson established it as an art form geared towards real-time composing. Soundpainting vocabulary consists of around 1500 different gestures (words) transmitted by the conductor (soundpainter) to an ensemble. Its members are thus directed as to who/how/when/what should be played or improvised. The resulting music is a lively dialogue between real-time composer and ensemble, yielding exciting and entertaining performances.

Instructor: Samu Gryllus is a certified soundpainter, as well as a university-trained musical pedagogue and jazz bass player. A sought-after composer, his work includes over 40 theater and film productions performed/screened at big festivals in many different countries.

Fee: €120

Registration: On-line registration

 

 

ABLETON LIVE BASICS IV: Live Perfomance

Format: workshop

Aimed at: inquisitive minds interested in various aspects of music

Level: beginner to moderately advanced

Date: June 28, 2019

Time: 3-7 pm

Description: How do I prepare my productions for the stage, and how do I plan for an interesting live performance? Learn how to dress up your Ableton projects for the stage, and how the Live Seesion Mode assists you in staying on top of things. Learn how to integrate Midi controllers into your work, and which ones specifically lend themselves to performing live. Familiarize yourself with synthesizers and other sound generators, and how they can be part of your projects. Bring your laptop with a trial version of Ableton Live pre- installed, along with headphones, to the workshop.

Instructor: Gerhard Senz is musician and media artist based in Vienna, and is passionate about blending music and images to audio-visual art works. In this field, the sound designer, engineer and visual artist, a graduate from the Technical College Salzburg, ist constantly involved in different projects and sound production ventures.

Fee: €90

Registration: On-line registration

 

 

REVIEW 1999-2019

 

                                                 

                       Simon Phillips (USA)                        Jonathan Wiskerd (GB)                             Kiko Peréz (ES)                                Michael Prowaznik (A)

 

                                               

                         Mel Verez (A)                                     Chanda Rule (USA)                              Tools at Work (A)                               Xantone Blaqc (GB)

 

                                               

                    Gisele Jackson (USA)                           Konstantin Kräutler (A)                             Tony Zawinul (USA)                           VMI Drummer Night (A)

 

                                               

                    Randy Brecker (USA)                              Drori Mondlak (USA)                               Mike Stern(USA)                             John Abercrombie (USA)

 

                                               

                    Phil Woods (USA)                                    Alegre Correa (BRA)                               Max Grosch (D)                               Conrad Schrenk (A)

 

                                               

                    Christiano Rocha (BRA)                         Elias Meiri (ISR)                                 Steven Mathurin (UK)                             Chema Vilchez (E)

 

                                               

                    Fernando Paiva (BRA)                              Harri Stojka (A)                               Kirk Covington (USA)                             Doug Johnson (USA)

 

                                               

                    Jay Clayton (USA)                                Scott Henderson (USA)                              Alex Gunia(D)                                   Sheryl Bailey (USA)

 

                                               

                    Bernie Galane (USA)                               Dave Fiuczynsky (USA)                        Thomas Lang (USA)                          Markus Setzer (D)

 

                                               

                    Pat Martino (USA)                                    Karl Ratzer (A)                                    Robert Riegler (A)                              Joe Garcia (USA)

 

 

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