VIVERE LA MUSICA

AIMA (Associazione Italiana Musicisti Amatori – Italian Association of Amateur Musicians) was formed in Milan in 2012 to give amateur musicians the chance to play music together and to meet other people interested in doing the same and now is the biggest amateur music association in Italy. To celebrate its 5th birthday, Saturday 3 March 2018, AIMA will run an important event, open to all amateur musicians: VIVERE LA MUSICA (LIVE MUSIC, with live to be read as the imperative).

The event is divided into two parts: a round table on amateur music and a concert open to all musicians in the city, with special guest. There are three fundamental characteristics:

  • The initiative will take place with the collaboration and participation of the Culture Department of the City of Milan, which has agreed to endorse it.
  • VIVERE LA MUSIC will celebrate AIMA’s first five years of activity (aimamusic.it) and its surpassing the goal of 150 members now affiliated with the association.
  • 3 March 2018 is also World Wide Play In Day, an international day of music making launched by the American association ACMP – Association of Chamber Music Players.

VIVERE LA MUSICA will take place on, and will be subdivided into two parts:

ROUND TABLE – in the course of the day, professional musicians, amateurs and people who work in the sector, moderated by music journalist and critic Luca Ciammarughi, will address various topics connected with amateur music: from its cultural and social role to public relations and relations with professional musicians, to implications for music education. See the table below:

OPEN CONCERT (PLAY-IN)– A special guest will compose a piece of music ad hoc for he event. The piece must be of such a nature that musicians who come in order to play or those who show up at the spur of the moment will be able to play it. One of more of the participants of the round table will also be involved together with the special guest to train a core ensemble to help with the improvisational aspects of the event.

This initiative has two main objectives:

  1. Set aside a day dedicated to music, dialogue and debate on the role of amateur music today in Milan, musical capital of Italy. More and more schools of music for adult non-professionals are springing up, as are courses, orchestras and ensembles. However, in the city (and more generally speaking, throughout Italy) there has not really been a debate on the functions, places, objectives, effects and limits of amateur music.
  2. To underline the fundamental benefits of what amateur music is all about: it encourages relations between different generations; it draws vast audiences to the use of classical music; it valorizes action on the part of citizens and e – last but not least – figures among the various social and musical manifestations and events in the city.

Moreover, AIMA will run this year two workshop, one for symphonic and one for chamber music playing, open to all amateur musicians from all over the world.

  1. 3rd Italian Federation of Amateur Orchestras Festival. The Festival will take place at Fossano (CN) from the 1st to the 4th of November 2018. The Artistic Director of the Festival is Julius Kalmar. The workshops will be calibrated on different levels. All amateur orchestras and/or individual musicians are welcome
  2. The Cambristi-Milano annual Chamber Music Workshop will take place on July 14th and 15th, 2017 at Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi of Como. This workshop aims to offer to amateur musicians from Italy and from all over the world the possibility to study and play together in Italy under the guide of renowned international professionals.

Kathmandu Orchestra Project

In 2014, WFAO is making an extra effort to support the rising orchestra society in Kathmandu and Nepal. The 19th of April, the local orchestras Crescendo International Orchestra, Annapurna Chamber Orchestra and Nepal Police School of Music will join forces with musicians from Italy, Belgium, Japan, India, China, Germany and Korea to make a wonderful orchestra project. The orchestras will be conducted by Joe Yamaji and Alex Van Beveren. Kathmandu’s local force to arrange this project is Bidur Sharma Gautam.

World Amateur Orchestra in Milan 2015

The World Federation of Amateur Orchestras are planning a major event during the Milan EXPO 2015. From the 17th to the 22nd of September 2015 there will be arranged a World Amateur Orchestra, with youth and amateur orchestra musicians from all over the world. The local partners are the Italian Amateur Music Association (AIMA) and Festival MITO SettembreMusica. Representatives from WFAO, Alex van Beveren, Tommaso Napoli (also president of AIMA) and Daniel Kellerhals (president of EOFed) have been in talks with MITO, and the details of the project are being worked out at this time. Later, we will announce more information about the orchestra and how to participate.

European Music Class Alden Biesen 2014

From February 23rd to March 1st there will be a music course in Alden Biesen, Belgium, where young musicians get the opportunity to make music together in an orchestral and chamber musical setting. It is for music students between the age of 16 and 20, and the young musicians will be coached by some of Belgiums finest orchestral players. The accomodation and course area is the late medieval castle of Alden Biesen.
More information about the course and registration can be found on their homesite: http://www.alden-biesen.be/EMC/index.htm