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Linda Cushma (USA)
Andrew Prince (England)
Pino Mechi (Italia)
Dirseus (Argentina)
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)
Guillermo Cides.

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 of Majorca 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.
Therein lies the secret.

Thanks to musicians for to share this experience!
Guillermo Cides
Director of Stick Center


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