Workshop Extended Techniques. 
Addressed to saxophonists, wind instruments and composers.

The main goal of this workshop is to encourage musicians to discover new ways of relating to their instrument. We will look at the saxophone as a sound generator exploring new and original approaches to create sound.

The workshop focuses on extended techniques and the deconstruction of the instrument. Muted saxophone, air sounds, unusual mouthpieces, multilayering, percussive sounds, vocal effects, places in between, polyrhythms, special multiphonics and sort of electronic sounds are some of the issues presented. We will also point out very simple and effective ways to make the instrument work with electronics using those techniques.

The workshop is addressed mainly to saxophonists and composers with interest on writing new music for this instrument. Other instrumentalists, especially wind players, will find tools and inspiration easily translatable to their instruments.

This workshop has been presented at the prestigious Tokyo National University “GEIDAI” and Senzoku Gakuen College of Music in Tokyo, the National Taiwan University - Center for the Arts and the MIT Saxophone Ensemble Academy in Taipei. In Brazil was performed at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and the Saxophone Academy in São Paulo and in Europe, universities like Sibelius Academy – Helsinki Music Center, The Royal Academy of Music Aarhus, the Hochschule für Musik Basel and the Conservatori del Liceu in Barcelona among others.

Those experiences meant the first step for some musicians that keep exploring successfully their instrument, composing and creating new and outstanding projects up until now.

Masanori Oishi. Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and Senzoku Gakuen College of Music (Tokyo, JP)
“His saxophone technics are original and evoked a sense of unlimited potential of the instrument. His musicality and his technic all blend together, creating new music and incredible new sounds. Mr Vilanova shared his technic generously in his workshop. I and my students are amazed by discovering a new side of the saxophone.”

Hsieh-Ning Wang. National Taiwan University Center for the Arts (Taipei, TW)
“I realized that for a musician who does improvising, things in the world can be seen in another way. There will be no more a clear definition for good and bad, but only pure conditions, circumstances, or a given situation, musician just has to be there and find a language to make a dialogue. As he said, it’s important to have a free spirit in order to do that.”

MARCO TÚLIO. Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, UNIRIO (Brazil, BR)
“This was a unique moment for the academic community at UNIRIO. The students had an excellent opportunity to know the many sound possibilities on the saxophone and how interesting contemporary music can be. We all were very impressed with Vilanova’s performance, knowledge and expertise. I’m sure it was an unique opportunity for those present to learn about modern contemporary techniques.”