Parallel Pieces: Improvisation for classical musicians — inspired by ART!

Contemporary Flute Masterclass and Improvisation Workshop

Camilla Hoitenga

Camilla Hoitenga - CDM San Michele
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The course is open to professional flutists, conservatory students of all levels, chamber music ensembles dedicated to the contemporary repertoire, and classically trained instrumentalists of all kinds, with no age limits and who are eager to play outside the box, to experience an intensive week dedicated to contemporary music and improvisation inspired by visual arts.
Camilla Hoitenga will tutor her only 2022 in-person masterclass at CdM San Michele, in a beautiful setting among the hills of Piedmont, in collaborations with musicians from the ensemble Collettivo_21 and Italian visual artist Mirco Marchelli, taking benefit of the immersive experience, locally sourced food and Spa.
Special feature of the course will be a workshop on improvisation inspired by visual art, held in collaboration with Mirco Marchelli, that would focus on the creation of your own music in the context of visual art.
The workshop is open to flutists and musicians both expert and new to the improvisation practice, providing a “safe” and inspiring environment in which to study; Camilla has decades of experience working with painters and sculptors and playing for their exhibitions and is eager to share the methods she’s developed for creating “Parallel Musik”. Joining her to work with you directly is the Italian artist Mirco Marchelli, who will inspire us not only with his artwork and a visit to his studio, but also by sharing his own creative processes — some of which also involve music.
Moreover, the course will offer the opportunity to go deeper into your favourite solo and chamber repertoires, with one-on-one coaching with Camilla Hoitenga: flutists can do a “deep dive” with Camilla with flute technique & and all musicians can be inspired by her refreshing insights into interpretation and performance practice.
A final concert, organized by Foresty International Music Festival, will allow the students a closing experience, concluding the course with a practical application of the improvisation-inspired-by-art skills learned and deepened during the week.

Through observing the parallels between music and art – from the technical to philosophical you will easily open the doors for your own creations!
Come with curiosity — leave with new creative tools and lots of inspiration!!

Camilla Hoitenga

A PLACE FOR MUSIC - interview with Camilla Hoitenga at Casa della Musica San Michele:

Camilla Hoitenga

In the course of my career I have learned to read and interpret scores from baroque manuscripts for the transverse, interpret Balkan music, 19th century orchestral pieces, I have learned to read from computer-generated graphic scores, to freshly scribbled pieces. My flutists were Marcel Moyse, Peter Lloyd, Alexander Murray, Darlene Dugan (to name a few), while in musicology I studied mainly with George Hunter, Nicholas Temperley and Bruno Nettl at the University of Illinois, and the composers I worked with are…too many to list! Among the most famous are Karlheinz Stockhausen, Vinko Globokar and Kaija Saariaho, but there are many more

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Camilla Hoitenga

Mirco Marchelli

Mirco Marchelli

Mirco Marchelli was born in Novi Ligure in 1963. He lives and works in Ovada, in the province of Alessandria.

A multifaceted artist, Marchelli developed his first works in the field of visual arts since the mid-nineties, in continuity with his musical research. The keys to interpreting his work are memory and the fascination that emerges from everyday objects; masts, stools, small furniture, pieces of wood or cloth, books, accounting notebooks, registers, boxes, and photographs are covered with a layer of wax that eternalizes and transfigures them.

Marchelli gives life and meaning to these materials, making use of their resonances and the stories they express to tell something new; it does not limit itself and evokes memories, but rather evokes suggestions that fall back on longing for the past.

The fact that he is an artist-composer or composer-artist is not an incidental element, nor a biographical coincidence (for many years he was the trumpeter of Paolo Conte’s band), but the key to access the unique world that he has built about him. many years. Borrowing the language of music criticism, it could be said that the artist proceeds by modulating plastic progressions and ornamentation. In it there is no break between music and painting: he chooses “ingredients” very varied in matter, appearance and origin, mixes and elaborates everything with very free forms and a fantastic style, but with rigorous methods, as a composer does, in the development of a sonata-form, and to those recovered “old things” it gives a new meaning and flavor, exploiting their “resonances”, the stories they carry.
Starting in 2017, Marchelli experimented with ceramics, a new material for his artistic research, which became the protagonist of a new cycle of works.

The course

Attendance as an actual student is €360; access for auditors (subject to availability): 40€/day. Max number of participants: 10 people.

Lessons begin on 29/08/2022 and end on 02/09/2022 (total no. 6 effective days).

The course will be held in English/German. Lessons will be held at CDM’s premises.

The cost of the course includes:

  1. Individual and group lessons with Camilla Hoitenga
  2. Workshop lessons with Camilla Hoitenga and Mirco Marchelli on improvisation inspired by visual art 
  3. The possibility of attending all the lessons and/or seminar and lectures s held during the course
  4. The performance of the pieces presented during the masterclass in a public concert organized by Foresty International Music Festival
  5. The use of study spaces, whose hours will be self-managed by the students and coordinated with the activities taking place. 
  6. Issue of certificates of participation authenticated by the teacher and the organization
  7. The possibility, in the days following the course, to stay at CdM San Michele to professionally record at an advantageous price. For further information, please write to

Deadline for registration is subject to availability.

By 8 July you will be informed about the selection of the participants to the masterclass; you will receive an email with a summary of the data and details of the payment, which must be made by bank transfer. Within a week after receiving the email you will have to pay the first installment (amounting to €210). With the payment of the first installment you confirm your enrollment in the course. The second installment (€150) can be paid by 11 August. You can choose whether to pay for the whole stay together with the second installment, or to pay 50% with the second installment and pay the remaining 50% on arrival. The costs of the stay are €40 per day for the days of the course (total €240), €25 for each additional night before or after the course.

Any bank charges and fees shall be at the expense of the applicant.

Board and Accommodation

Casa San Michele offers accommodation in affiliated facilities (flats) in the village of Montaldeo (AL) at a cost of €40 per day (total no. 6 actual days). If necessary, the structure is available to those who wish to stay the night before or after the beginning and the end of the course (upon reservation) at an additional cost of €25 per night. The cost includes overnight stay in a double or triple room with private bathroom and dinner (the latter at the CDM facility), served in the dining room or in the garden.

Water is always available in the common area of CDM; other consumptions will be considered extra. The lunch break is at your own discretion: two affiliated restaurants and a grocery shop are within easy walking distance, so you can choose from sandwiches to traditional dishes. The cost of lunch is not included in the cost; however, the use of the SPA is included, limited to the times agreed on the occasion of the course and in accordance with current regulations. Rubber slippers (non-slip) and a swimming costume are compulsory for use of the SPA.

The balance of any extras can also be paid on the spot by credit or debit card or bank transfer.

Please note that in the village of Montaldeo there are no tobacconists, pharmacies or ATMs; all necessary services are easily accessible by car or bicycle in the neighboring villages.

How to reach us

The nearest railway stations are Ovada, Novi Ligure, Arquata Scrivia; a transfer service is available from the arrival station to Montaldeo at a cost of €15. The nearest airports are Turin, Milan, Genoa, with respective train connections. For those traveling by car, Google Maps shows the exact location by searching for “Casa San Michele Montaldeo”; the nearest motorway exits are Ovada (A26), Novi Ligure (A26/A7), Arquata Scrivia (A7).


Registration fees, net of bank charges, will not be refunded under any circumstances, except in the event of cancellation of a course due to force majeure or failure to reach a minimum number of participants. The accommodation fee, net of bank charges, is refundable in the event of cancellation by the participant.

Covid-19 regulations

CdM San Michele, in addition to taking all possible precautions and necessary equipment on site to prevent contagion and to comply with current regulations, will communicate after the registration the protocol to be followed for a course and a stay as safe as possible.


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