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The 4th international guitar training program Dyens’Memory dedicated to the music of guitarist and composer Roland Dyens will take place from 30 July to 6 August 2023* at the theater the Colombier in the beautiful medieval village of Cordes-Sur-Ciel and Cabannes (81170) .

It is organized by the association La Locomotive des Arts, in partnership with the association Roland Dyens in the skaï, and will be directed by the guitarists Jean-Marc Zvellenreuther and Orestis Kalampalikis.

During this week, the students will work on collective practice on music for guitar ensemble by Roland Dyens and will have access to individual lessons and improvisation workshops.

Two concerts are planned during the week of guitar training program in the Colombier theater: the teachers’ concert on Tuesday, July 31, 2023 and the students’ concert on Saturday, August 6, 2023.

*Initially scheduled for July 2 to 9.


Disciple of Alberto Ponce, Jean-Marc Zvellenreuther was his assistant at the Conservatoire National de Musique et de Danse de Paris (National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Paris). The Spanish master transmitted him the secrets of his art, perpetuating the tradition of Tárrega and Emilio Pujol. Then he was for more than 15 years, the assistant of Roland Dyens at the CNSMDP.

Jean-Marc Zvellenreuther was the first guitarist to teach guitar didactics at the Conservatoire Régional of Boulogne-Billancourt (Regional Conservatory of Boulogne-Billancourt)). He is currently an assistant professor at the CNSMDP and teaches at the PSPBB

Orestis Kalampalikis was trained with Roland Dyens at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse of Paris.

Composer and interpreter with multiple international awards, he also participates in many projects around the music of his Master, which he plays with an incredible sensitivity and accuracy, but also with other artists, including singers and actors.

For the past three years, he has been responsible for the musical analysis section of the magazine Guitare Classique. His works are published by « Productions d’Oz » and Éditions Lemoine and recorded on the album « Blues for a Woodpecker ».

Activities during the guitar training program

1.The collective practice

During this week, the students will work on Roland Dyens’ adaptation for guitar ensemble of « Aria, extracted from Bachianas Brasileiras N°5 by Heitor Villa-Lobos (Editions Lemoine).

Students who wish to do so may also work on Roland Dyens’ composition for guitar ensemble, « Carillons » (Les Productions d’Oz).


30th anniversary of the adaptation of this work by Roland Dyens!

Adaptation for guitar ensemble by ROLAND DYENS (1993)

Lemoine Editions

Dedicated to Heitor Villa-Lobos

Duration : 7 mn

Level 4

Aria, extract. Bachianas Brasileiras n°5 by H. Villa-Lobos.

Taking the opposite approach  of Ville d’Avril here, with this sumptuous Aria,  from the series of nine Bachianas Brasileiras by Villa-Lobos (and a true Brazilian hymn), because it was at first a complete transcription of the original work that my interpretation began and not the contrary. And if this one was relatively easy to realize, I must admit how difficult it was to write, afterwards, its demanding adaptation for solo guitar. The reasons for the magnitude of the task are, I think, unnecessary to enumerate; they are contained in the challenge assigned, a little crazy I admit. But, for an instrument such as the guitar, the art of arranging (or adapting) often leads to a form of « sacrificial art », so may I at least hope that the present version of this mythical aria does not at any time evoke the sacrifice of art

Roland DYENS

Listen to the version of the Aria for solo guitar, taken on the spot in a restaurant in Torrent (Spain) in 2008 during the Torrent Guitar Festival organized by Jorge Orosco.

Here a better audio version !

And for those who want more !


for guitar quartet or ensemble

Commissioner of the work : The New Mexico Classical Guitar Festival

Dedicated to the Rio Grande Guitar Quartet who played the premiere in Albuquerque

Editions : Les Productions d’Oz

Duration : 7 mn 45

Level : intermediate

THE LITTLE STORY : what did Roland Dyens say about the music of ensemble ?

I was a bit sceptical about guitar ensemble music because what I had heard , did not convince me, did not seduce me, because it was a very approximate transcription. And then I got caught up in the game and I said to myself: if with a guitar ensemble you don’t focus on the colors, the tones, the sound layers, then you’re really missing something. And there I got caught up in the game {…} of ensemble music because it’s not just about the sound, it’s about the human experience. I like that. I’m going to be confronted with guitarists and it’s going to be an adventure, a journey together, we’re going to build this together. »

DVD Anyway (GHA)

2.individual courses

Students will be able to work on music of their choice (to be specified at the registration) with their teachers, in individual lessons or in chamber music group.

If students choose to work in chamber music, we can put them in contact before the guitar training according to their level and the wishes expressed on the registration form.

Number of individual lessons during the week: minimum 3


With Orestis Kalampalikis

« Improvisation is a barometer to measure the atmosphere, the acoustics. I can’t avoid it, it’s the best way to open, to enter a recital  » Roland Dyens

The main objective of these workshops is to initiate to improvisation, by prioritizing the work on the fundamentals of music: the intention, the gesture, the phrase, the repetition, the variation. Orestis Kalampalikis will guide you in this exercise, thanks to his training with Roland Dyens.

Objectives of the training program

To develop the tools which are necessary for the collective practice of the guitarists by :

Listening, intonation, transitions, relays, breathing and observation

Work on the sound, colors, timbres, dynamics

The accentuation and the control of the attacks

collective reflection around a common project

The training will be completed by the interpretation of the trainees in front of a « real public » at the Théâtre Colombier of Cordes-sur-Ciel / Les Cabannes, on Saturday August 5, 2023 at 8:30 pm

Above, the picture of the workshop of October 2022 in Montreuil – 93100 with the interpretation of Four Moods and Coda by Roland Dyens, conducted by Orestis Kalampalikis.

An evaluation of the training will be carried out in the form of a quiz given to each trainee and a convivial discussion organized the day before the concert.


This trainee program is intended for professional guitarists or students at the end of cycle 2 or beginning of cycle 3 minimum, or for non-professionals of the same level. Minimum Age : 18 years old (except special dispensation, contact us). The acceptance of the trainee will be confirmed after examination of his registration file by the teachers.


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