Eami conference 2024 Italy

4th European
EAMI Conference

18 – 22 September 2024 | Dobbiaco – Italy

Searching for reconciliation and peace during challenging times.
Resources and Potentialities of Music and Imagination.

About

EAMI and the Organising Committee are delighted and honoured to invite you all to the next EAMI European Conference in Italy, which will take place in Dobbiaco, a beautiful village and UNESCO World Heritage site at the foot of the Dolomites near the city of Bolzano.

It is here that Gustav Mahler spent many of his summer holidays, composing some of his greatest masterpieces in this silent, natural, and beautiful environment.

In choosing this location, we wanted to offer a shared experience within a core, central European place, among the highest mountain peaks of the continent, in an environment of natural and cultural beauty from which we hope to receive inspiration and energy, for each of us and for the future of our association.

Beauty is the theme we chose to put at the centre of our conference: in these challenging times, we feel how urgent it is to nourish contact and surrender to beauty, in nature, in music and in human relationships.

We all know how beauty can be an authentic medicine for the soul, able to heal psychic and physical wounds, revive us and open the way to a greater awareness of life and to a more intense desire to live.

In a world that faces dramatic urgencies, conflict, gender and racial violence, climate crisis, trauma and widespread fear, every day we are called individually and collectively to question how Beauty can help people find the resources for a pathway to a full, responsible, and peaceful life.

We would like the conference to contribute to a deeper understanding of the contribution that Music and Imagery can offer to this, hoping that together, we can explore the

resources and potential of our GIM work for individual and collective well-being, for decreasing aggression, upholding a proper sense of responsibility and nurturing reconciliation and peace in these difficult times.

The conference participants are invited to immerse themselves in the many aspects and facets of this theme, from a musical, cultural, psychological, and philosophical perspective within the context of Guided Imagery and Music, Music and Imagery and other modifications. The call for abstracts is open to clinical presentations, theoretical and cultural papers, original research, roundtables, workshops, and posters.

We all know how beauty can be an authentic medicine for the soul, able to heal psychic and physical wounds, revive us and open the way to a greater awareness of life and to a more intense desire to live.

In a world that faces dramatic urgencies, conflict, gender and racial violence, climate crisis, trauma and widespread fear, every day we are called individually and collectively to question how Beauty can help people find the resources for a pathway to a full, responsible, and peaceful life.

We would like the conference to contribute to a deeper understanding of the contribution that Music and Imagery can offer to this, hoping that together, we can explore the

resources and potential of our GIM work for individual and collective well-being, for decreasing aggression, upholding a proper sense of responsibility and nurturing reconciliation and peace in these difficult times.

The conference participants are invited to immerse themselves in the many aspects and facets of this theme, from a musical, cultural, psychological, and philosophical perspective within the context of Guided Imagery and Music, Music and Imagery and other modifications. The call for abstracts is open to clinical presentations, theoretical and cultural papers, original research, roundtables, workshops, and posters.

Speakers

The theme of the conference will be explored by the following internationally renowned keynote speakers:


More info about each presentation will follow soon.

Antonio Pappano (Uk)

Sir Antonio Pappano will take up the role of Chief Conductor of the LSO in September 2024, after becoming Chief Conductor Designate in September 2023.

He has been Music Director of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden since 2002, and Music Director of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome since 2005.

Nurtured as a pianist, repetiteur and assistant conductor at many of the most important opera houses of Europe and North America, including at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and several seasons at the Bayreuth Festival as musical assistant to Daniel Barenboim. From 1997-1999 he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

Pappano made his debut at the Vienna Staatsoper in 1993, his debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York in 1997 and in 1999 he conducted a new production of Lohengrin at the Bayreuth Festival.

He has worked at the San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Théâtre du Châtelet and Staatsoper Berlin, and highlights of recent seasons include his operatic debut at the Salzburg Festival and the Teatro alla Scala.

Pappano has appeared as a guest conductor with many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras, including the Berlin, Vienna, New York and Munich Philharmonic Orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Chicago and Boston Symphonies, the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras and the Orchestre de Paris.

Pappano has been an exclusive recording artist for Warner Classics (formerly EMI Classics) since 1995, and his discography features numerous complete operas.a

As a pianist, Antonio Pappano appears as an accompanist with some of the most celebrated singers. He has also partnered singers and instrumental soloists on disc, including in operatic recitals.

Piero Ferrucci (Italy)

Psychologist, psychotherapist and philosopher, he studied with Roberto Assagioli, the founder of Psychosynthesis, who was the first to emphasise the importance of beauty in the field of psychology.

President of the Italian Society of Therapeutic Psychosynthesis and Director of the School of Psychotherapy in Florence (Italy) he has taught in many countries all over the world.

He works as psychotherapist in Florence and is the author of several books, translated into many languages, including ‘What We May Be’, ‘Inevitable Grace’, ‘Your Inner Will’, ‘The Power of Kindness’ and ‘Beauty and the Soul’: The Extraordinary Power of Everyday Beauty to Heal Your Life in which he uses stories, case studies and clinical histories of people of all times and cultures to explain how the experience of gratitude and beauty can change our life.

Gro Trondalen (Norway)

PhD, Cand.Philol., Special Education Teacher, Music Therapist, she is a Bonny Method GIM experienced practitioner member of EAMI and AMI Fellow.

Professor in music therapy at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, Norway, she has directed both the Master program in music therapy, the PhD program in music, and initiated – and directed the Centre for Research in Music and Health (7 years) at the Norwegian Academy of Music.

She is a distinguished international researcher, teacher and supervisor and a music therapy clinician in child welfare and adult mental health and holds a private practice in GIM.

Trondalen has established an international standing with her broad and scholarly expertise in leadership in developing theory, particularly in music, relationships, and ethics.

Her broad competence is evidenced in her extensive scientific publications in high-impact journals, foreign translations of publications, strong citation data, editorial board appointments, and invitations to participate in international research meetings that contribute to setting the future agenda within the discipline of Music and Health.

She has won several awards such as the European Music Therapy Award (2013) for outstanding contribution to European Music Therapy and The Tony Wigram Travelling Fellowship (2021).She has been appointed Membro Onorario at the InArteSalus, Scuola di Musicoterapia (2019), Schio, Italy.

Carlo Rizzari (Italy)

is an italian violinist, pianist and conductor. He has conducted many important international orchestras such as the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Suisse Romande Orchestra, Graz Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Luxembourg, the Italian Swiss Orchestra, Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra and many others.

A material point for his training is the experience fully grown, since 2006, as Antonio Pappano’s Musical Assistant at Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. With the same he was invited by Claudio Abbado for a concerts series in Bologna and Lucerna with the Orchestra Mozart.

He was invited to the 2009 edition of Knowlton Festival and began an important collaboration with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.

As a Belcanto expert he conducted Don Pasquale at the Sao Carlo Theater in Lisbon, the Rossini’s opera “Il Signor Bruschino” in Rome, Puccini’s La Bohème at the Bellini Theater in Catania, Rigoletto in Bari (Petruzzelli Theater) and Genua (Carlo Felice Theater) and inaugurated the Rome edition of the Belcanto Festival with the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di S. Cecilia in a successful “Three Tenors of Belcanto Concert” with John Osborn, Barry Banks and Celso Albelo. In May 2016 he had his brilliant debut at the Hamburg Saatsoper with Traviata.

Interested in the relationship between imagination and music in the practice of conducting, he has collaborated on GIM training courses in Italy, offering an important contribution on the musical analysis of programmes.

Programme

The Main Conference will start on 18th September 2024 at 18.00 and will close on 22nd September 2024 at 14.00

PRE-CONFERENCE
18th September 2024
9.00 to 17.00

A Pre-Conference Day, will be focused on the Experience of music in GIM: from the European classical roots to the contemporary challenges.

A morning session will begin by revisiting Helen Bonny’s classic programme ‘Peak Experience’ through a comparative musical analysis presented by Carlo Rizzari  (Italy), violinist, pianist and conductor,  in dialogue with Leslie Bunt (UK), EAMI and AMI distinguished and experienced trainer and practitioner, founder of the international Chiron group of GIM trainers and therapists  and Chair of the Scientific Committee of the Conference.

September 18th afternoon

A panel of international GIM therapists and researchers will be coordinated by Jojo Lander (Scotland), on the contemporary developments and challenges of:

Opening A New Window: How are GIM / MI therapists and researchers thinking about or utilising new music composition, App design, AI and virtual therapy tools – what more do we need to consider for different client groups?’

Jojo will offer  her expertise as music therapist, Bonny Method GIM practitioner, music and imagery therapist (MIT), supervisor and former professional cellist.


Full programme will be available at the end of April 2024

Abstract

Abstracts’ submission indications:

Abstracts Formats:

The deadline for submission is 25 February 2024
now closed.

 

Paper:  30 minutes + 10 minutes Q&A
Workshop: 90 minutes
Round Table: 90 minutes – please list names of presenters and chair
Poster: A4 format

Requirements:

Abstract: no more than 250 words
Title with a description of the theme of the presentation
Category of your contribution (clinical, research, musical etc.) and presentation format.
How does the paper/workshop/round table/poster relate to the theme of the conference
3-5 key words
Short CV – no more than 60 words
List of equipment needed: in each room PowerPoint slides can be projected and music played

Possible themes for presenters:

  • The relationship to beauty in music and GIM
  • The relationship to nature in music and GIM
  • The relationship to the imaginal world in music and GIM
  • GIM and different levels of consciousness
  • The contribution of GIM to processes of reconciliation
  • The contribution of GIM and peace-making between individuals and communities
  • GIM and the transpersonal and spiritual: GIM as ‘a medium for the soul’
  • The relationship of music choices to different target populations
  • On the testing and trialling of new programmes, including newly composed music
  • Integrating innovative technologies in GIM
  • Cultural implications in today’s challenging times
  • GIM and daily well-being, both individually and collectively
  • Self-care for GIM therapists
  • Risk factors in GIM practice
  • Copyright issues in today’s streaming climate
  • The supervision of GIM practice
  • Summaries of recent research

Standards of good ethical and scientific practice and respect for a person’s rights and dignity must be demonstrated in all conference contributions that include, or refer to, material of individual persons.

If you are planning to include any video or audio material in your contribution, please make sure to have the written informed consent of involved persons (respondents, clients, patients and/or their carers) ready to show upon request by the Scientific Committee, and that your clinical data is safely kept on either encrypted USB-stick or external hard-drive.

Submission

Please submit your abstract per email to Prof. Leslie Bunt, Chair of the Scientific Committee via: abstracts@eami2024italy.it 

Decisions will be communicated latest in March 2024.


An electronic Book of abstracts will be emailed directly to participants

Location

Cultural Center Gustav Mahler

Dobbiaco/Toblach (Bolzano) – Italy
Alta Pusteria, Dolomites, South Tyrol
websitekulturzentrum-toblach.eu

Dobbiaco is a beautiful village and UNESCO World Heritage site at the foot of the Dolomites in the north of Italy. It is a borderland that has witnessed the history of Europe over the centuries and part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until a hundred years ago. Today it represents a frontier region where different languages and cultures still converge. The town is famous for its cultural highlights, particularly the Gustav Mahler Music Weeks.

Gustav Mahler spent his summer holidays here for many years, composing in this silent, beautiful, natural environment, within the cottage he had built for himself. It is to this place that we owe some of his great masterpieces, like Das Lied von der Erde (1908), the Ninth Symphony (1909) and the unfinished Tenth Symphony (1910).

With the Gustav Mahler music weeks, the Alto Adige Festival, the Grand Hotel, the First World War open-air museum and many other museums, the Three Peaks Dolomites offers plenty of culture for everyone.

The Cultural Center Gustav Mahler and Guesthouse
Once a meeting place for the nobility of the late 19th century, for intellectuals, artists and composers where, a hundred years ago, prominent and prosperous guests came to relax, it is now a meeting place for lovers of culture, music and nature. Over the years, the activities in the Euregio Cultural Center Toblach have steadily grown. Here, in addition to the many cultural events, seminars, conferences, and a very famous international  musical festival also take place.

The Guesthouse of the “Euregio Cultural Center Gustav Mahler Toblach Dolomites”, once a Grand Hotel, offers accommodation in a small and elegant building in the Upper Puster Valley.

Logistics

Fees

The 4th European GIM conference is going to be a hybrid conference: it will be possible to participate in person (max 110 people) or online

For the EAMI GIM 2024 conference, the organising committee has tried to keep the fees as affordable as possible for all attendees, to encourage GIM therapists and students to participate, especially at this time of difficult economic conditions throughout Europe.

To achieve this, all members of the local organising team are working in an honorary capacity, and we simply try to cover the costs in hosting this conference.


Early Bird Fees

⋅ Registration & payment before April 28th, 2024:

Full Conference:
Pre-conference + Main conference
Wednesday 9:00 – Sunday14:00
750 EUR

Pre Conference:
Wednesday 18th 9:00-17:00
coffee/tea break and lunch
150 EUR

Main Conference:
Wednesday 18:00 to Sunday 14:00
680 EUR

Regular Rates

⋅ Registration & payment after March 30th, 2024:

Full Conference:
Pre-conference + Main conference
Wednesday 9:00 – Sunday14:00
790 EUR

Pre Conference:
Wednesday 18th 9:00-17:00
coffee/tea break and lunch
160 EUR

Main Conference:
Wednesday 18:00 to Sunday 14:00
720 EU

Online Participation:

Wednesday to Sunday
400 EUR

10 places are available at reduced price for students and participants from low-income countries, preference will be given to first-comers.

Fees for On-Site Participation include:

  • Conference attendance
  • Conference material (paper, folder, name tag etc)
  • Welcome buffet, all buffet-lunches, coffee/tea breaks
  • Ceremony for new fellows
  • Social dinner

accommodation costs are not included

Fees for Online Participation includes:

  • A link for streaming to attend keynotes
  • Selected papers
  • Opening ceremony

Registration

To register
Please send an email to info@eami2024italy.it with the following information:

  • Full Name (Prefix/ First Name/Last Name)
  • Institution
  • E-mail
  • Phone Number (Area Code/Phone Number)
  • Mobile Number (Area Code/Phone Number)
  • Address (Street Address/ City / State, Province / Postal, Zip Code/ Country)
  • Title
  • Status of membership to EAMI and/or AMI
  • Participation option chosen *see options below

Payments:
Information and links for the payment (Paypal or Credit Card) will be sent upon receiving your mail.

* Participation options:
  1. Early Bird Full Conference Fee: 750 EUR (before April 28th, 2024)
  2. Early Bird Pre Conference Fee: 150 EUR (before April 28th, 2024)
  3. Early Bird Main Conference Fee: 680 EUR (before April 28th, 2024)
  4. Regular Full Conference Fee : 790 EUR (after April 28th, 2024)
  5. Regular Pre Conference Fee : 160 EUR (after April 28th, 2024)
  6. Regular Main Conference Fee : 720 EUR (after April 28th, 2024)
  7. Online Conference Fee: 400 EUR

accommodation

All accommodation booking must be carried out directly with the chosen hotel.

Guesthouse Cultural Center Gustav Mahler

The Guesthouse has 25 rooms available for our conference participants. All rooms, outfitted with solid wood furniture, can be prepared as single rooms or double rooms on request. It is also possible to arrange three-bed and two four-bed rooms.

They are simply but affectionately configured, with a private bathroom, and some have a balcony with the view of the unique park of the Grand Hotel and the impressive landscape around the Dolomite region of the Three Peaks.
There is a large private car park, free ski and bicycle storage and garage parking available for a fee.

Rates are around 50/60 euros per night, places are limited and must be booked very soon.
Guesthouse Contact:
Website: kulturzentrum-toblach.eu
Telephone: +39 0474 976168

Other possible solutions very close to the conference venue are:

Hotel Union
Websitehotelunion.it
Phone: +39 0474 970100
/ around 100 euros per night

Apparthotel Germania
Apartments and rooms; Fitness area, Whirlpool, Relax area
Website: apparthotel-germania.com
Phone: +39 0474 972160
/ around 90 euros per night

Hotel Dolomiten
Website: hotel-dolomiten.com
Phone: +39 0474 972136
/ around 90 euros per night

Pichler Suite and Appartments
Website: app-pichler.com
Phone: +39 329 4411196
/ around 90 euros per night

For other accommodation in the surrounding area it is also possible to check:

website: bookingsuedtirol.com

For general information on everything that can be found in the area (hotels, restaurants, transport, excursions, holidays, etc.), see
website: tre-cime.info

Social Programme

  • It will be possible to attend some concerts of the ongoing International Festival during the Conference days.
  • The programme will be communicated to participants as soon as it is published.
  • Free walks, excursions and visits to small neighbouring villages in the area are possible.

Transportation

Reaching Dobbiaco/Toblach

✈️  by plane
Toblach is fairly close to important airports served by numerous national and international air connections.
First of all, flights to the airports of Verona and Innsbruck should be considered. From these cities, Toblach can be reached by shuttle bus and train. The same applies to the more distant Munich airport.
The airports of Venice and Treviso should also be considered.

🚆 by train
Toblach / Dobbiaco train station

🚗  by car
The nearest motorways to Toblach are the following:

  • A22 motorway (Modena-Verona-Trento-Brennero, del Brennero): the nearest exit to Toblach is Bressanone-Valpusteria. The exit is about 60 km from Toblach;
  • A27 motorway (Venezia-Mestre-Vittorio Veneto-Belluno): passing through Treviso and Belluno.
    The nearest exit to Toblach is Pian di Vedoia. The exit is about 95 km from Toblach.

Contact

Conference organization

The EAMI Board and the Italian Organising Committee

The Organising Committee:

Barbara Zanchi – Chair
Chiara Acler
Maria Teresa Palermo
Grazia Parente
Fabrizio Tiezzi
Timothy Trevor-Briscoe

The Scientific Committee:

Leslie Bunt (UK) – Chair
Bolette Beck (Denmark)
Denise Grocke (Australia)
Fulvia Lagattolla (Italy)
Ruth Liesert (Germany)
Ilan Sanfi (Denmark)

Any inquiries can be sent to: info@eami2024italy.it
Call for abstracts is open and the deadline for submission is 25 February 2024.
Early bird registration will run until 30th March 2024.

Our sponsor

CIRESA s.r.l.


The CIRESA company has specialized in the construction of soundboards for musical instruments for over 70 years. For some years we have been studying methods of applying wooden soundboards for an easier use in music therapy.
The technology developed by Ciresa allows the generation of music that is particularly suitable for relaxation, and of sounds with high phase coherence, without the need of knowing how to play an instrument.

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