A music workshop for people with intellectual disability and Down's syndrome
17-19 APR 2018
Workshop | 17:30-20:30
20 APR 2018
Concert | 20:00
A 3-day music workshop aimed to develop new ways of musical expression for people with disabilities. No theory, just music practice and active involvement of participants that leads to a public concert.
Participation cost: Free
Addressed to: People with intellectual disability and Down's syndrome who love music
Photo © Nora Lezano
In the context of Borderline Festival 2018
, the OCC presents a music workshop for adults with disabilities. This workshop will be led by Alan Courtis, who lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has been teaching music for people with disabilities since 1993.
The main aim of this project is to develop new ways of musical expression for people with disabilities. Workshop activities comprise a series of musical sessions designed for people with intellectual and/or physical disabilities. Sessions focus on music practice —rather than on theory— so that the workshop requires active and constant involvement by participants. Sessions center mostly around work with music, but some of the exercises include other art forms such as visual arts and poetry.
“There is an experiential side in the relationship with music, a side that lies beyond any theory or rational consideration and offers a unique way to reach the musical process. Throughout the many years we have been working together with people with disabilities (mental, physical, etc.), we have come to realize that special people have a very special connection with this experiential aspect of music. That is why our approach is oriented to develop all the possibilities of this connection, and improvisation takes a very important role here.” Alan Courtis
creditsAlan Courtis: Musician
People with intellectual disability and Down's syndrome who love music
Tuesday 17, Wednesday 18 & Thursday 19 April 2018
17:30 - 20:30
Friday 20 April | 20:00 | Upper Stage | Live duration: 45 min
Reservation and more info:
T: 213 017 8002
was founder member of Reynols, a group that integrated a drummer with Down’s Syndrome and released over 100 albums on labels from USA, Europe, Japan & New Zealand, etc. He has also worked on worldwide music projects integrating people with disabilities and has released more than 300 solo releases and collaborations.
He holds a degree Communication Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires, where he runs an annual Music Workshop and a Seminar about Art & Disability. He currently works as a music professor for disabled people at the Fundacion Artistas Discapacitados (Disabled Artists Foundation), Talleres Fontanarrosa (Programa de Integración Cultural de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires) and at the Conservatorio Municipal “Astor Piazzolla” in Buenos Aires, contributing also with institutions such as UBA (University of Buenos Aires), UNSAM (University of San Martin), AASW (Argentine Williams Syndrome Asociation), Centro de Investigaciones Artisticas and Universidad Torcuato Di Tella.
Alan Courtis has also conducted workshops for many institutions all over the world. He has also published articles about art and disability in magazines like: The Wire
(UK), Leben mit Down-Syndrom
(Canada), Revue et Corrigée
(France), El Cisne
(Argentina), Educación Especial
(Peru) and Grupo Docente