What do you get when you put about 30 Stick players together?
A lot of fun, as it turns out.
This four day seminar for the Chapman Stick, in Milan Italy, had perhaps the largest group of Stick players assembled in Europe,
with daily classes and nightly concerts, some dinners, and a whole lot of learning, by all involved, about what others are doing in the instrument.
The seminar was organized by Virna Splendore, an excellent Stick player from Rome. Teaching classes were well known players (could
I call them "stick figures"?) Bob Culbertson, Greg Howard, and Jim Lampi. (And me, Tony Levin, giving a talk about
my experiences with the Stick.) There were concerts at various clubs by each of the
instructors, as well as by Virna's group "Splendore"(which features three Stick players, one triggering drums from
his instrument),and Casey Arrillaga's group, "Third Door Down". Mix in a few dinners, jams at the shows, and performances
by various groups of the students, and you had the city of Milan pretty aware that there were some unusual instrumentalists in
town this week!
Below: Jim Lampi's performance, Bob Culbertson and
Greg Howard jam. On right: Third Door Down, and .. hey that's me.