Core Elements

Video Recorded Performances
Along with the group discussions involving Matthias, Wissam and Ian the videoed performances have emerged as one of the core musical experiences at the Grolloo Flute Sessions. Just before lunch each day, four students will give a complete performance of their chosen repertoire to all the participants (some people from the village also like to attend these sessions), which will be videoed. A dynamic discussion follows, in which the performers are able to share their intended goals and the audience gives their feedback in a supportive and constructive environment.
Later, the students have the opportunity to study the video quietly so that they can reflect and process their own thoughts in light of their experience and the feedback. A traditional masterclass (usually on the same work) will either precede or follow the videoed performance enabling a connection between the traditional hands-on teaching situation and performance/feedback group discussion. Timetable permitting, this will happen on a different day.

The masterclasses give the participants a second chance to play their chosen piece and explore/experiment alternative approaches in more detail, in a more traditional masterclass setting.

Open stage
On the second evening of Grolloo Flute Session, we organize an informal evening of music-making, where participants can contribute music to share with everybody. Last year we had improvisations, jazz, flute ensemble, and piano duets.

There will be several concerts during the week in Grolloo. The first night Ian, Wissam, and Matthias will perform a house concert at a private place in Grolloo. Friday/Saturday/Sunday there will be three public concerts in the Church of Grolloo, which also feature student/teacher collaborations. The Saturday Concert will be emphasizing Ensemble Music.

Contemporary Playing Techniques and Improvisation
This is one of the central energies of the Grolloo Sessions and one that Matthias, Ian, and Wissam like to explore in various individual and overlapping ways. You do not need to bring extended technique repertoire or feel you have to be able to improvise or even compose. However, if any of your repertoire, interests or curiosity touch any of these creative areas then there will be plenty to share, learn and discuss.

Insight in Flute Making at Eva’s Workshop
The course takes place in Eva’s home village where she has her workshop. This creates a fascinating opportunity to get a taste of the realities and challenges of innovative flute making and how this connects with the Art of Performance and Composition.

The topic of the Day
These presentations from Matthias, Ian and Wissam will focus on important aspects related to their respective careers and view on flute playing.