In the workshop I will work on traditional folk melodies from Italy and France and compositions of mine or other accordeon players, paying attention to the phrasing, the ornamentations, dynamics, countermelodies.
We will also work on the sound of a group of accordions doing some ensemble music.
I’ll explain how to develop a rhythmic accompaniment with chords at the right hand and composed basses at the left hand. We will discuss how to play these accompaniments in a way that fits for dance music.
If the level is good enough and there is time left I can also do a short introduction to improvisation with the trekzak.
I don't use tablatures, but I’ll learn the melodies by ear and I’ll also give music sheets.
The participants can bring their instrument, a recording device, some music paper...and a lot of curiosity and questions that I’ll be happy to answer!
Simone Bottasso began playing the accordion at the age of 8, studying the occitan and french traditional music. He studied accordion with Riccardo Tesi, Norbert Pignol, Marc Perrone and Silvio Peron; he graduates in classical flute and in Jazz in ‘Conservatorio G.Verdi di Torino’ where he studied with Furio Di Castri, Emanuele Cisi, Giampaolo Casati and Dado Moroni.
In 2013 he moved to Rotterdam to study composition with Paul Van Brugge at CODARTS.
He is collaborating as a musician and composer with several projects: ‘Duo Bottasso’, Abnoba, Triotonico, Folk Messengers, Stygiens.
He has played in several festivals of jazz, classical and world music: Festival Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo, Torino Settembre Musica, MITO, European Jazz Expo in Cagliari, Folkest, the Festival Interceltique de Lorient, the Festival de Cournouaille of Quimper (France), Trad It Festival (Netherlands), Sidmouth Folk Festival (UK), ... In 2010 he collaborated with Paolo Fresu and the Alborada Quartet.
He has recorded 7 cds with Abnoba, Duo Bottasso, Tradalp, Folk Messengers and Suriscot Trio and he wrote a thesis for his jazz degree on the connections between jazz and world music in Italy.
In 2012 and 2013 he was invited by Riccardo Tesi to conduct the orchestra of the festival Sentieri Acustici of Pistoia that performed his own compositions inspired by traditional songs from Tuscany.
He is artistic director with his brother Nicolò and Pietro Numico of the ‘Folkestra & Folkoro’, folk orchestra based in Torino.
The ensemble, founded by the Duo Bottasso in 2009, is formed by 50 musicians and performs original compositions and arrangement of italian folk songs, combining contemporary, jazz and rock influences to the beauty of folk melodies.