Out of the Box is not your typical music course. It deals with creativity and imagination. It is about approaching music from different angles, looking at possibilities to stretch boundaries, expanding the vocabulary, finding ways to make your art meaningful – through discussion, musical demonstrations, connections with other art forms, talks with inspiring guests, and more. I will provide content that you can work and experiment with, and I will engage with you in deep listening sessions, exercises related to sound and free improvisation. We will watch videos, listen to songs, discuss and reverse engineer them. I will inform, share, and hopefully inspire.
Interview (in Spanish) with La Jornada (Mexico), about the 2020 edition of Out of the Box:
Important: these are not lessons about learning music, as in learning scales, harmony, or how to play your instrument. There are several other workshops focusing on academic training – they are great. If that is specifically what you are looking for, then Out of the Box will not meet your expectations.
The question is: why am I doing this?
I have had a pretty diverse career so far, that involved several, different activities – from session work, to production, writing, arranging, and live performances. Most of the time, I’m asked to be myself. What does that mean? There is no simple answer. It’s an ever-evolving path. It’s my constant motivation to develop an artistic vision that is personal and recognisable, that I can adjust to my creative needs and those of others.
Nowadays, it is important to discuss the role and meaning of music, more than ever; to discover our own identity as artists, and to channel our inner voice, in order to produce beautiful, unique art. It’s important to refuse mediocrity and to establish good values through research, curiosity and open-mindedness. The seminar will provide tools to nurture musical consciousness, that will ultimately serve your artistic vision.