Chop Notation Project

Presenter: Oriol Sana


The Chop Notation Project, chopping is over fifty years in the making. Although previous notation systems have been developed by Richard Greene (chop’s inventor) and Darol Anger (through his work with Turtle Island String Quartet), the technique has developed beyond what those systems can communicate.

This project is an effort to bring the notation system up to date with current playing styles in order to facilitate communication of the technique between players, composers, and educators.

Of all of the amazing new timbres and string techniques that have emerged since the music of Bela Bartok, chopping stands as one of the most universal and potentially transformative developments.

No other extended technique has been so broadly incorporated into as many genres, or has become such an increasingly necessary part of our pedagogy and professional vocabulary. In this workshop we will work different styles with this technique such as Reggae, Rock, Swing, Bluegrass and Funk.


Once he completed his studies in classical violin in Spain, Oriol moved to Boston, where he graduted with honours in jazz violin from the “Berklee College of Music”, and came back home to obtain his Masters Degree and Phd Doctorate in Musicology by the UAB (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona).

He studied with Didier Lockwood, Darol Anger, Mimi Robson, Jhon Blake and Matt Glaser. A professor at the “Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya- ESMUC” , was the first to implement this degree in Spain.

Professor at “Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu” , he has performed in numerous festivals around the world.

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