Report From Venice


The good folks at Innovative Giving Enhancement just sent an update on last month’s Experiential Residency at the Venice Music and Art Biennales, which benefited Rex and offered an unforgettable 10 days to participants. IGE’s Michael Becker reports the event “exceeded all reasonable and even wilder expectations,” and passes along a link to an article by Italian journalist Cico Casartelli about the event.

As part of a immersive musical program that included an international, multi-genre roster of top musicians, Scott Law, Ross James, Arthur Steinhorn, and John Kadlecik played nightly jams of Grateful Dead tunes, and paid tribute to Venice with Dylan’s “When I Paint My Masterpiece” and its gondola references.

The culminating concert, attended by those who braved Venice’s famed acqua alta to reach the Benedetto Marcello Conservatory, added Italians Veronic Sbergia and Max De Bernardi to the mix. Says Casarelli: “The hootenanny saw every kind of exchange: wine, smiles, songs and instruments, as must be on these informal jamming and picking occasions.”

We’re very grateful to IGE and partners Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello, Venice Triennale, and London Tango Orchestra for their support.

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IGE is planning two Experiential Residencies in Venice in October 2016. Send a note to info@innogiven.org to ask questions or to be added to IGE’s newsletter list.