Linda Cushma (USA)
Andrew Prince (England)
Pino Mechi (Italia)
Tomas Merlo (España)
Yannick Lepetit (France)
Diego Blanco and Babel group (España)
Roberto Fiorucci (Italia)
Jordi Estarriol (España)
Sergi San Martin (España)
Alex Pastor (España)
A new edition of Stick
Camp in Spain
has finalized, with particular attention to
create these Stick Seminars in natural places,
in a relaxed and special atmosphere to make
music. This policy has been the seal of the
seminaries of Stick Center from the beginning,
when we began the encounter in a field of the
province of Tarragona in 2002.
For this edition we chose the paradisiacal island
in the sea Mediterraneo, possibly one more popular
with the tourists, but representing important
points of Europe because of its natural beauty,
beaches and special atmosphere.
But that has not been everything: we have experienced
this time a
new way of meeting and learning,
and this has been the way of not making a difference
between “instructors“ and “students“.
This way, the new Stickistas as much as the
more experienced ones shared the experience
of creating music in a special scene, each learning
from one another.
And is it possible to do this?
Yes, and this seminary has been the first confirmation
of which another way of learning is possible,
beyond the formal one.
And how we have done this? It is of a simple
way: doing shows every day. During the time
that the encounter, there was a tour of concerts
around the island for which from the first day
we began to prepare the different options of
music for the shows (solos, duets, trios, quartets,
etc.) This way, and as the concerts developed,
the musicians all were finding their place,
not only harmonically and musically speaking,
but also as people.
When a group interacts with each other, the
different personalities come to the light.
This way, the musicians put themselves on approval
and acceptance not only with themselves, but
with other musicians. It is not the same to
practice a song alone in a room, as to play
it in front of an audience every night in a
Stick Ensemble of 2, 3 or 6 Stickistas.
There is no class in the world that teaches
this, and this type of learning takes place
only on a stage. I have always believed this,
and the seminary was the perfect excuse to take
this theory to action. We
are not the same after playing on a stage.
Although the encounter was succeful from many
points of view, I just can express here a structural
idea of it, and it would be an error to try
to express in words what it meant to us to coexist
during one week in a natural place, with swimming
pool, sea, sun and concerts every night. To
try to express this is like going on vacation,
taking photos and afterwards trying to show
them all to the friends! No way.
I remain with the personal satisfaction to have
been given another step in the world of the
Stick Seminars; an opportunity to put into practice
an idea with certain risk - I ignored what type
of group might be formed -- and to verify once
again that there is nothing any better than
to trust the magic of music.
Thanks to musicians for to share this experience!
Director of Stick Center