BARCELONA BLUEGRASS CAMP
MARCH 5TH & 6TH, 2021
Due to the covid, we’ll carry out an online initiative that will consist of four free workshops via Youtube Live and Facebook Live for banjo, guitar, violin and mandolin.
Friday March 5th
18.30 Raphael Maillet
Saturday March 6th
Raphael Maillet was born in south of France in 1682 during a military base jump. He started the violin into his own mother's belly. When Paganini broke a string during the 2054 olympic games, Raphael was a member of the famous “Earth, Wine and Fire” band. He is so talented than Kenny Baker himself said “Raphael makes the best croisguette I ever taste” A croisguette is a croissant-baguette. When he teached to Grappelli how to play chess under water, he was bitten by an irish robot sphynx. That's why french cheese smells so good! Now he teaches all around the world the way to make Eiffel Towers with old bow hair but without saying the word “scales”, and still working on his new book “how to kiss in Bflat minor for dummies”.
Chris is one of the hardest working musicians originally from the Seattle music scene. Now living in Brooklyn-New York, you'd be hard pressed to find another musician in their 20's seamlessly switching from International Music to Jazz and from Rock to Bluegrass so comfortably. He has even studied Brazilian Jazz with Seattle based legendary Brazilian Musician, Jovino Santos Neto. Chris’’ musicianship reflects the multitude of musical influences he turns to for inspiration. His acoustic guitar playing really stands out, but this virtuosic, multi-instrumentalist is equally at home playing mandolin, drums, bass, electric guitar, banjo, and Greek bouzouki. In February of 2017 and March of 2019, Chris as a member Dirty Kitchen played on the world famous Grand Ole Opry! In addition, Chris was a founding member of Seattle based band Northern Departure, and has found himself performing onstage with the likes of Jerry Douglas, Emmylou Harris, Bryan Sutton, Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, The Steep Canyon Rangers, Kenny and Amanda Smith, The Boxcars, Yogi and The Yogini's and many others.
Richard Ciferský is an internationally recognized banjo wizard from Pezinok, Slovak Republic. He currently performs with his project Bill Faster and he is still member of the award-winning, internationally touring bluegrass band Fragment. Richard is a two-time winner of the Slovak Bluegrass Music Association (SkBMA) Banjo Player of the Year award (1999/2000) as well as a founding member and past president of the organization. As part of the group Fragment, Richard won the 2004 European Bluegrass Band of the Year award at the European World of Bluegrass (EWOB) festival in Holland. Richard is the owner and CEO of the Banjolit company, which producing wood armrests and accessories for musicians. He has produced several albums for other Bluegrass groups as well as three of his own solo projects, Coming Back for More (2013), Rainy Day (2008) and New Gallop (2004). Richard has also toured the USA and Europe with award-winning American bluegrass artists Dale Ann Bradley and Steve Gulley.
I started playing virtual guitar at age 5, on a tennis racket, and more seriously (albeit self-taught) at age 13, inspired by the acoustic sound of CSN&Y, Bob Dylan, and Joni Mitchell.
Towards the end of the '70s a friend gave me a couple of albums: Will The Circle Be Unbroken by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and When The Storm Is Over by the New Grass Revival: I immediately knew that was the music I wanted to play! So I picked up the mandolin (which, although very popular in Italy, had never appealed to me before) awestruck by the sound of Sam Bush, David Grisman as well as Norman Blake and Tony Rice. All these artists have been a great inspiration to take up a sort of backwards musical journey towards the sources of traditional Bluegrass, discovering and falling in love hopelessly with the music of legends, among the others, such as J.D. Crowe & New South, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Seldom Scene, The Country Gentlemen, Jimmy Martin, The Stanley Brothers, Flatt & Scruggs and of course Bill Monroe.
In 1981 I joined Red Wine, the band I am still playing and singing lead vocal for, and started touring intensively all over Italy, Europe, and, from the mid-'90s, in the USA, with several appearances at festival and venues all over the country and as a showcasing band at the IBMA WOB in Owensboro, Louisville, Nashville and Raleigh. I have been also playing with and collaborating with Italian and American artists such as Tony Trischka, Peter Rowan, Lowell ‘Grandpa Banana’ Levinger, Kathy Kallick, Chris Jones, Kathy Chiavola, Jim Hurst, Russ Barenberg, Barry & Holly Tashian, Beppe Gambetta, Paolo Bonfanti, Carlo Aonzo, Roberto Della Vecchia, New Trolls, Vittorio de Scalzi e La Rosa Tatuata.
From 2008 to 2014 I served as a Member of the Board of EBMA (European Bluegrass Music Association) with special projects assignment. I took part in various workshops in Europe and USA, sharing duties with artists such as Chris Thile, Alan Bibey, Christian Seguret, Paul Van Vlodrop, Helmut Mitteregger, I have run a folk & bluegrass mandolin class at the Miniera Acustica Music Camp in Urbino (Italy) from 2007 to 2013 and I regularly teach mandolin on line via Skype or Zoom.