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Last Update: 9 October 2017

Concert of Ganesh Del Vescovo Friday 13 October 2017 at 9:00 p.m, Church of S. Lorenzo a Vicchio di Rimaggio, Bagno a Ripoli (Fi), music of Couperin (Passacaglia), Bach (Suite 996) Mozart (12 Variazioni su Ah,vous dirais-je,Maman) and Del Vescovo,more info in Concerts and events.
. Fiori Musicali - Concert of Ganesh Del Vescovo saturday 20 May 2017 at 8:00 p.m: Sala concerto del Centro Studi Musica e Arte - via Pietrapiana 32, Florence Dedicated to Manuel de Falla, music of Couperin, Bach, Torroba, de Falla, Del Vescovo...click on the Concerts.
Guitar recital of Ganesh Del Vescovo , VIII Concorso Internazionale di Liuteria - Sunday 21 May 2017 ore 5:00 p.m, Sala Pilade Biondi del Palazzo Comunale di Sesto Fiorentino, free admission, click on the Concerts.
Masterclass of Ganesh del Vescovo, Saturday 3 June 2017, from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M e dalle 3 P.M. alle 7 P.M presso la sede di “DoReMi”, International Musical Academy (D.I.M.A), siti nei locali parrocchiali della Parrocchia di San Gemignano ad Arezzo. La masterclass sara` seguita dal concerto mattutino di domenica 4 alle ore 11 nella Chiesa di Santa Maria della Porta (Chiesa di Porta Crucifera) ad Arezzo, for info click on the Concerts.
I am very happy to announce that i won the 11th INTERNATIONAL COMPOSITION COMPETITION FOR CLASSICAL GUITAR MICHELE PITTALUGA with the piece for two guitars entitled Improvviso e Ritmico...click on the News.
Guitar Recital : Ganesh Del Vescovo Saturday 24 September 2016 at 7:00 p.m.,Church of S.Eligio degli Orefici - via di S. Eligio 7, Rome, Music of Villa-Lobos, Torroba, Couperin, Rodrigo, Del Vescovo.
You now can subscribe to the splendid monografic guide of Ganesh Del Vescovo "The Guitar without Boundaries" in the series of Guitart publications. It consists of 144 pages both in Italian and in English, and is dedicated to the unlimited number techniques possible in composing for the guitar + It includes a CD with 55 music tracks of examples... click on the News.
Here is the interview (with the English translation) that the musicologist Eleonora Negri recently had with Ganesh Del Vescovo, published by the Magazine Guitart in the October/December 2015 issue. It also announces the manual which is about to be published with the title, "The Guitar Without Bounderies- A Guide to new technical possibilities of the guitar, for guitarists and composers" - Booklet + CD by Ganesh Del Vescovo, click on the News.
A concert of compositions by Ganesh Del Vescovo will be performed by the composer on 23 November 2015, at the Lyceum Club Internazionale, Via degli Alfani 48, Florence (see Concerts and events
for the program)...An interesting Web "Conversation with Ganesh Del Vescovo" by Poireinganba Thanglam/Len has been published on the Web Magazine Classical Guitar Augmented,see the News...A CD dedicated to his music is being published by EMA Vinci with the title "Omaggio a Ganesh Del Vescovo". This CD will be presented at his Concert at the Lyceum Club Internazionale, via degli Alfani 49 Florence, 23 November 2015 at 8.30 P.M.
A recent interview made with Ganesh Del Vescovo by the musicologist Eleonora Negri will be published in the next issue of Guitart Magazine.
The next issue of Guitart will publish the score of the music on the video Pioggia d'autunno by Ganesh Del Vescovo. (see News for more info)...An important monographic “booklet” by the composer about his works on the guitar is about to be published by the magazine Guitart. The entire works for guitar solo of Ganesh Del Vescovo are being prepared and will soon be published by Sinfonica, thus completing the works that have already been published. The works will consist in three volumes, each with an included CD.
In 2011 Ganesh received first prize for composition at the International Festival “Claxica 2011” at Castel d’Aiano, Bologna with the piece for guitar solo Schegge di luce (“Splinters of Light”) published by Sinfonica Nuova Carisch, click news in homepage...
New concerts of Ganesh, click here
The guitar transcription made by Ganesh of Claude Debussy's "Children's Corner" has been published, listen mp3 in news
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What is a raga? If you want to know, click here and read...

Suite "alla montagna" of Ganesh Del Vescovo.Click here to read the comment

A WORD ABOUT THE RAGA

Ganesh Del Vescovo suona il sarod

A few considerations made by the guitarist and composer Ganesh Del Vescovo on the occasion of several concerts in which he played his own compositions using the Raga as a basis for the development of the pieces.

Ragas are part of the great tradition of classical Indian music and it is very difficult to explain what a raga actually is! However I shall try to give a few suggestions about some very simple aspects of the raga in order to help to understand what it is and how it is developed.

I shall begin by quoting the great Indian Sitarist Ravi Shankar :
“There is a saying in Sanskrit – “Ranjayati iti Ragah” – which means, “That which colours the mind is a raga.” As a blank canvas can be covered with colours and forms, so the receptive human mind can be “coloured” or affected by the pleasing and soothing sound of a raga. The beauty of the raga leads the listener to a serene and peaceful frame of mind and brings him joy. In other words, the raga must create a forceful effect on the listener. Every note in our musical system not only is a tone, but also carries within it a certain expression or emotion. The total expression of the notes and theme of a raga create an intensely powerful musical entity. Because of the nature of the notes – considered both as musical tones and as representations of ideas – it could never be said that a musician “invents” a raga. Rather, a raga is discovered (…) The number of possible ragas is nearly infinite.” (…) “For the Westerner who is unfamiliar with the complexities of our music, it is perhaps better first to explain what a raga is not, before defining it in detail. The raga should not be mistaken for a scale or a mode or a key or a melody, although it has affinities with each of these. A raga is the melodic framework, established by tradition or born and inspired in the spirit of a master musician.” (from “My Music, My Life” by Ravi Shankar –Publ. by Vikas, Delhi).

Having said this and leaving out technical details, I shall try to outline what I am going to play this evening. Like every raga, this one is associated with a particular mood, an emotion or passion and is related to a definite time of day and to a season. The raga which I am going to play is called Bhairavi. It is a morning raga but it has a peculiarity which allows one to introduce intervals belonging to other ragas, so it can be played it at any other time of the day. Please remember that ragas are developed mainly through improvisation. This improvisation is done by using definite intervals which are related to a basic drone note. The raga begins with an Alap which is the exposition of the raga itself. This movement is a slow and peaceful moment, a free and meditative invocation, without any form of rhythm. It represents the most important part of the raga during which one explores the sound, the mood and all the elements which will be developed later. The Alap describes the “personality” of the raga by indicating its tonal centres and defining its main phrases of expression. It is followed by the Jor. Here the first pulsation of rhythm is introduced; the elements used in the Alap are transformed through rhythm, but do not yet use strict rhythmic cycles. The raga grows in speed and becomes more intricate. At this point the percussions usually enter, but I shall be using a style without any percussions. Instead I have composed a Fantasia, a fantasy, on Bhairavi. The raga ends with the Gat. Here the rhythm is very precise and the theme used is usually handed down by a master. The music gets faster and faster and the raga finally culminates at maximum speed, accompanied by the continuous repetition of the drone notes; this makes is seem as though all these sounds unite to create one, unique, enrapturing sound.

Ganesh Del Vescovo – Florence – November 2005