"Brilliant! It was a chance to play in a band, while constantly working on myself and my interaction with others. It was a chance to determine what shoes I can fill in each song, what collective decisions can be made, and what it's like to record and listen to the results. It was a great experience filled with wonderful people, revelations and music"
College student, singer and clarinetist
"The laboratory helped me widen my understanding of myself. It allowed me to feel and acknowledge the big picture more fully – to feel the connection between people. It was interesting to study in Oleg's style with Oleg himself, to more vividly and accurately feel out the right state of being for playing music. Evening Activities were successful in blowing away a bunch of social taboos, stripping down that awkward feeling and shyness"
College student, guitarist, percussionist
All my requests have been fulfilled. I can only continue and continue, there is a sense of running processes and opportunities.
Choreographer, student of SNDO Amsterdam Singer, guitarist
"The lessons are very interesting. It was like my soul was drawn out, transformed and put back into my body. I was crazy about the practices connected with movement and voice. This is a very unique and informal approach to learning for musicians. In just a few days you're able to understand that everything you learned at music school just made your life more difficult, made it harder to sing and play to your full capacity"
"The point of LaMuse is not just to learn something about music, it's to lay down the foundation for learning and creating so that it all happens with simplicity and ease. The best thing is to look at it like an incubator where you can start to realize your own ideas, the ones that you never seem to get to in your everyday life. Not only that, but you'll find yourself in a group of people who are engaged in that very same thing, and that is a great push forward. You'll be able to interact with them, work together in making a new project and get a glimpse of something that could be really fruitful for you. You'll also get a chance to glean from experienced professionals and musicians, and that is helpful. On top of it all, the atmosphere of LaMuse is very friendly. It's an atmosphere almost entirely lacking in competitiveness and unwanted criticism – also something not to go unnoticed. Don't be discouraged if you are not able to do everything you wanted when you head back home. The experience gained at LaMuse will keep on stimulating you well after you get there"
Programmer, singer, pianist
"It was a deep dive into myself. I learned a lot, especially thanks to LifeStream. I liked jamming in the forest with found objects. There could have been more time recording in the studio"
Singer and ukulele player in the band Mauna
"Humility and the internal smile – that was my take-away. Oleg's lessons were pure bliss, no matter what we did or found out in the end. Especially because what we found in the end was a surprising amount of enthusiasm and progress. Sergey's studio was remarkably useful and rich as an experience. Thank you! As a leader, you can't find anyone better than Sonya. Her activities and the way they were lead were incredibly interesting"
"I am very grateful to Sergio for his readiness in supporting anyone. For me personally, the coolest thing ended up being songwriting because the collective support allowed me to open up and be genuinely inspired. I was able to finish writing a song and actually record it. Another important moment for me was when we danced to the primitive sounds of our own song. That was a very direct and freeing experience for me. Sometimes it was difficult for me to participate in difficult discussions. A big thanks to Michael for the morning warmups and for being who you are!"
Teacher, translator, singer, guitarist
"At first, I guess I came here mostly to experience Michael's laboratory. It was great. I got what I wanted, and more. Thank you! But it turns out I came here for both Michael and Oleg's teachings. The two courses somehow complemented each other really well. Thanks a million!"
"What's amazing to me is that the questions, which came up during LaMuse, were all actually worked out (as much as was possible for them to be work out at the time). Plus, things happened that I could never have expected. It's like a mechanism started working inside me that I still have going today. One of the aspirations I had was to work with my body, and I really had no idea how interconnected it all was. The lessons (including discussions, breathing exercises and bodywork) all went by without tension and at an incredible level of involvement. Thank you for not leaving any questions unanswered"