What is an IGE Music and Art Immersion?

Unlike any traditional music festival, intimate IGE Music and Art Immersions dissolve boundaries among superstar musicians and fans, performers and spectators, participants and environments. Participants experience multiple historic, one of a kind collaborations of curated supergroups as they day in and day out live, encounter art and create community with their favorite musical icons. Immersion concerts and jams integrate the finest of European improvisational players into every performance, exclusively for the handful of participants and local charities.

You may not have been lucky enough to ride the Festival Express or Furthur, hang with the Pranksters on Kesey’s farm, or join the Dead in Egypt, though you’ve doubtless heard mythical stories told by those fortunate few. IGE Immersions are seminal era defining musical moments, each a unique, essential event in musical history. Participants emerge with myriad “yes I was there stories” to be told forever. It is one thing to witness profound historical events. Participants in IGE Immersions create them.

Lisbon, Portugal

IGE Immersion 2019 will plunge you into the heart of vibrant Lisbon’s cultural scene!

Lisbon is the latest stop on IGE’s global Music and Art Immersion tour, drawing together a dynamic multi-genre assemblage of internationally eminent musicians, music fans and arts patrons. We’ve scoured Lisbon to secure a magical diversity of venues across the city and identify the finest of local musical talent. As with Venice and Barcelona, we curate musical and artistic experiences with a mind to overarching synergistic impact.

In Lisbon, participants will witness once in a lifetime musical collaborations of IGE Musical Ambassadors with a broad range of multi-genre European All Stars. Conceived as a cohesive multi-dimensional installation and crafted with our local friends and nonprofit partners, we’ll move from club to cathedral, palace to museum, quaint theater to scientific society.

Expect a celebration of local artistic and musical culture and a deep musical ambassador lineup with multi-genre European All Stars similar to past IGE events. As with other IGE Immersions, expect a limited capacity in Lisbon to retain the intimacy of the Immersive environment.

The freshly refurbished Hotel Convento do Salvador, our historical hotel headquarters, is ideally situated in the heart of medieval Alfama. Convento do Salvador is owned by our nonprofit partner the APCC (Association for the Cultural Promotion of Children)* and the Lisbon Immersion directly funds their operations.

With IGE’s Portuguese partners, European All Stars in residence, and local friends, Immersion participants bring direct benefit to Lisbon non-profits, artist communities and people. Unlike most travelers who take what they wish and move on, IGE Music and Art Immersion participants give, of course all while having the times of their lives and earning a substantial tax deduction.

*Hotel Convento do Salvador is an innovative socio-economic project which sets out to support the cultural activities of the Centro Convento do Salvador, geared towards children and youths, The Associação para a Promoção Cultural da Criança (Association for the Cultural Promotion of Children) is a national, non-governmental, non-profit Portuguese organization which develops leisure activities of a socio-cultural and educational nature for youths and children.

The activities of this Association are grounded on the guiding principles of solidarity, equality, cooperation, defence of the environment and experience acquired over more than 30 years, during which priority has always been placed upon combining education and leisure. We set out to contribute to the global development of children in their various dimensions, promoting their sense of justice, responsibility and respect for difference, and motivating them towards a more active  and constructive approach to society from an inter-cultural perspective.

We are currently working in a number of areas, namely holiday camps, programmes for schools and institutions, youth exchange programmes, basic and complementary training for youth leaders, cooperation projects with countries of Portuguese expression, exhibitions, seminars, the publication of books and development of educational games. Such activities rely on the regular support of the Secretary of State for Sport and Youth – Portuguese Sport and Youth – and on other public and private entities.

IGE Musical Ambassadors

Musical Ambassadors are the essence of IGE Music and Art Immersions. IGE honors Ambassadors for unusual commitment over careers to musical, educational and broader communities. These eminent master musicians embrace cross-cultural, multi-genre collaboration as they contribute to the dynamic synergism at the core of the Immersion experience. It is around Musical Ambassadors, against the backdrops of historic Venice, Italy and now, magical Barcelona, Spain that Immersions coalesce and unfold. Ambassadors orchestrate Immersions as they perform in rehearsed and spontaneous ensembles.

Lisbon Immersion Packages Include:

10 days and 9 nights single, double, triple or quadruple accommodations and daily breakfast at the Convento do Salvador, IGE Lisbon headquarters. IGE occupies the entire property for the duration of the Immersion with few limitations on hours of operations or musical stylings. At the Convento, we will host ‘round the clock scheduled and impromptu performances throughout the Immersion. From the pull-out-the-stops catered first night concert to our final evening musical extravaganza with tapas, Convento is the epicenter for the musical collaborations unique to IGE Immersions.


    • Daily buffet breakfast.
    • Arrival drinks at Hotel Convento Do Salvador with live fado and a Musical Ambassador performance.
    • Welcome dinner and Musical Ambassador performance at the ethereal rooftop Rio Maravilha in the artsy LX Factory.
    • Concert at the otherworldy Sociedade de Geografia de Geografia de Lisboa. 
    • Concert at Casa Independente, Lisbon’s underground community performance space. 
    • Concert at A Baracca Theater, an intimate out of time experience. 
    • Afternoon Concert at Santa Caterina Church featuring IGE Musical Ambassadors and pipe organ Performance.
    • Gala Concert and Dinner/Benefit for APCC featuring an Alentejo Choir and Musical Ambassador performance at Casa de Alentejo, a fantastical moorish palace.
    • Afternoon musical experience at Mae d’Aqua, Lisbon’s remarkable interior reservoir.
    • Concert at the nonprofit Fabrica Braco de Prata, an IGE partner, arts community center and ground zero for artists across the spectrum of disciplines.
    • Afternoon concert in the Cloisters of Mosteiro Sao Vicente de fora.
    • Regular Daily and nightly performances at Convento do Salvador featuring a range of Ambassador sets and multi genre European All Star performances.
    • GFinal Evening Party, catered tapas and multi set concert extravaganza at the Convento.
    • Final Evening Party, catered tapas and multi set concert extravaganza at the Onix Liceo.

– Airfare is not included in package price –

– Specific programming is subject to change –

— All included meals carefully cater to dietary preferences and restrictions—

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The Onix Liceo Hotel 

10 days and 9 nights single, double, or triple accommodations in IGE Barcelona headquarters, the hotel Onix Liceo, our luxurious partner hotel and event space perfectly situated in Ciutat Vella. The Liceo is centered amidst La Rambla, Raval and El Born neighborhoods, Barcelona’s ancient pedestrian core. Headquarters will be converted into a visual atmospheric event venue including performance stages, chill spaces and collaborative art installations.


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Hotel Onix Liceo

IGE Barcelona Headquarters and permanent performance venue. At the Onix, we will host ‘round the clock scheduled and impromptu performances throughout the Immersion. From the pull-out-the-stops catered first night concert to our final evening musical extravaganza with tapas, the Liceo is the epicenter for the musical collaborations unique to IGE Immersions.



Reial Academia Catalana de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi

Reial Academia, an IGE nonprofit partner, is in the dramatic Llotja Barcelona Palace, the most important example of neoclassical architecture in Barcelona. The Academia houses the preeminent collection of rarely viewed Catalonian art and IGE participants will tour the collection with its director. The jaw dropping acoustically splendid concert hall, replete with dazzling paintings, colossal sculpture and elaborate ornamentation provides an ethereal setting for  a memorable evening of uncharted musical performance.



Hospital de Sant Pau

Sant Pau Hospital, another IGE nonprofit partner is a world heritage site designed by the great modernist architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. The Pau Gil hall, the site of our concert, is a jaw dropping Catalan modernist hallucination recalling Gaudi, and the perfect setting for a fantastical musical adventure.



Palau Dalmases

We do love fancy gothic palaces and the Palau Dalmases, built in the 17th century on a 16th century foundation is home to some of Barcelona’s finest flamenco players. We’ll be going late at the dreamy Dalmases with a number of sets; beginning with a top tier flamenco performance by our favorite players.



Red Fish

Red Fish provides the magic for our catered inaugural IGE beach party. The venue is directly on the Barcelona waterfront with expansive views, splendid fare and most importantly – soft sand ideal for your dancing pleasure.



El Foro Jazz Club

El Foro, Argentine restaurant extraordinaire, is the site of our sumptuous welcome dinner. Located in the center of the eclectic El Born neighborhood, El Foro also houses a sublime subterranean jazz cellar with vaulted ceilings and is perfectly set up for an evening of delectable cuisine, elegant libations and a late night of musical exploration.

Harlem Jazz Club

The storied Harlem Jazz Club, the oldest jazz and blues venue in the city is set in the heart of the gothic quarter and is ground zero for Barcelona’s finest resident players. Expect a multi set extravaganza with a host of visiting European All Stars.


MEAM  European Museum of Modern Art

The MEAM, another IGE nonprofit partner is housed in the fantastical 18th century Gomis Palace. MEAM’s unique and rotating collection features figurative art, the heart of their nonprofit mission. At the MEAM, reserved exclusively for IGE, we’ll have a musical performance to accompany our leisurely touring of the collection. Imagine viewing art with live performance, the essence of IGE music and art Immersions!


IGE 2018 Barcelona Music and Art Immersion Ambassadors

Bill Nershi (String Cheese Incident)

Keith Moseley (String Cheese Incident)

Nicki Bluhm

Anders Beck (Greensky Bluegrass)

Paul Hoffman (Greensky Bluegrass)

Eric Krasno (Soulive)

Holly Bowling

Grahame Lesh (Terrapin Family Band, Midnight North)

Scott Law (Cosmic Twang)

Matt Butler (Everyone Orchestra)

Ross James (Terrapin Family Band)

Elliott Peck (Midnight North)

Jilian Nershi (Honkytonk Homeslice)

…more musicians TBA

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Prices: 2018 Barcelona Music and Art Immersion Package

 — Please note reduced pricing as of April 19, 2018 thanks to a substantial donation from former Immersion participants. —

Rates per person based upon double occupancy other than for Single or Triple Rooms. All rooms except a triple are available as either a queen or two twin beds.

Room Type Cost Per Person
Triple – SOLD OUT $3250.00
Standard with Interior Windows – SOLD OUT $3750.00
Standard – SOLD OUT $3950.00
Standard with Small Balcony – SOLD OUT $4500.00
Standard with Private Terrace – SOLD OUT $4750.00
Standard Room Single Occupancy – SOLD OUT $6,500.00

**Rooms specially adapted for wheelchair access are available.

Payment Schedule:
50% of trip cost at time of booking
75% of trip cost by June 5, 2018
100% of trip cost July 5, 2018

Payment Options:

Deposits and installments can be paid by major credit card, check or appreciated securities. IGE recommends payment by check to avoid the 3% convenience charge IGE  assesses for payment by credit card. As a nonprofit, IGE accepts appreciated securities for payments and donations. Payments in appreciated securities lock in 100% of gains, eliminate taxes on appreciation and receive a substantial post Immersion tax deduction based upon the full trip cost (in past years, the  charitable deduction has been equal to between 15- 20% of the full total Immersion payment). Should you wish to take advantage of this unique opportunity, feel free to contact us and we’ll walk you through the easy process.

Cancellation Policy:
On or before April 4th, 2018 – 100% payment return – $250 service fee /reservation.
On or before May 4th, 2018 – 75% of Trip Price Returned
On or before June 4th, 2018 – 50% of Trip Price Returned
On or before July 4th, 2018 – 25% of Trip Price Returned
On or after July 5th – No refunds of 100% of Immersion payment

IGE encourages all guests to purchase travel insurance with sufficient medical evacuation to cover emergency repatriation. In addition to basic trip cancellation, consider adding cancel for work or cancel for any reason coverage.

Charitable Contribution:
Innovative Giving Enhancement (IGE) 501(c)(3) Immersion Guests may claim a substantial charitable contribution deduction for the excess of the purchase price paid over its fair market value (FMV). IGE will provide documentation to Guests indicating your tax deductible donation to IGE.

Currency Adjustments:
IGE, a non-profit public charity with International operations, prices Immersions in dollars, yet operates principally abroad and pays for services in local currencies. In consequence, shifts in exchange rates can significantly impact IGE, which collects dollars, yet pays most Immersion costs in Euros. When IGE establishes Immersion pricing, we determine participant cost based upon the final Dollar to Euro conversion rate on the date prices are set.

Over the 8-9 months between pricing and the Immersion, Dollar to Euro exchange rates may rise, fall or remain within a fairly tight percentage range. Over a year, fluctuations in exchange rate can be dramatic, though generally these shifts are within a range that does not threaten IGE operations, profitability, or our ability to make substantial donations to our non-profit partners.

In the interest of maintaining the lowest feasible Immersion pricing, IGE uses a Dynamic Currency Adjustment model as do many non-profits with international operations. To indemnify IGE from losses due to fluctuating currency conversion rates, we set a protected conversion range within which pricing remains the same as the price quoted at time of initial establishment. Should a weakening dollar lead to unfavorable currency conversion rates outside the protected conversion range, IGE will assess a surcharge equal to the differential to cover conversion losses. Should the dollar strengthen with favorable currency conversion rates outside the protected conversion range,  IGE will provide participants a refund of the differential, or you may choose to donate that amount to IGE.

Protected Currency Conversion Rates:
Prices for the 2018 Barcelona Music and  Art Immersion were set on February 1, 2018 at a dollar to Euro conversion rate of  .8 ($1 = .8 Euro/1 Euro = 1.24 Dollars) with a price protected dollar to Euro exchange range of 4% (2% on either side). Should exchange rates on October 1, 2018 remain within the protected range from .784 to .816 Euros to dollar, there will be no additional assessments or refunds. Should the conversion rate on October 1, 2018, the final date for IGE European vendor payments, fall below .784 or rise above .816 the IGE dynamic protected conversion rate activates.

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“Unforgettable. The City of Venice – its people, history and culture – was beyond my wildest imagination. Our IGE hosts and fellow travelers were kind and wondrous. The musicians were bellissimo – in performance and in spirit. Living in the villa along the canal, I felt like a Venetian.”  – Michael Jon Samuels, Qello Concerts 

“Hands down the best musical experience I’ve ever had. If there’s a heaven, it’s pretty close to being immersed for 10 days with great musicians in a beautiful setting, surrounded by friends old and new.” – Dave F.

“We had an amazing experience with IGE in Venice. The performances and friendliness of the unbelievably talented musicians and outstanding hospitality of the hosts exceeded our expectation. It was truly a memorable experience which we will always cherish.”  – Jason Eig Partner at Blank Rome LLP & his AWESOME wife Heather Eig

“Nothing beats immersing yourself in a beautiful city like Venice, surrounded by live music and kind folks – truly a unique travel experience!” – Melissa Herman 

“Our trip was an incredible experience that approached was almost surreal with the level of camaraderie that we enjoyed with the artists and our fellow travelers. Friendships that will last our lifetime!” – Peter H.

“I just want to tell you that our time together in Venice was one of the best times of my life. I feel that I understand the concepts around immersion and flow as I never have before. I loved everything you did to make our time here transformative and engaging and crazy fun. And full of heart.”  – Vanessa

“Great Music, Great Venues, a well thought out program that blends music, local culture and a truly unique intimate experience with like minded music freaks- you won’t find this elsewhere.” – Todd Z.

“We had the time of our lives and became so fully immersed in music and art that our hearts were exuberant! This experience is like no other with musical talent and fellowship beyond compare.” – Emily S.

“After augmenting our Venetian Immersion with subsequent expeditions to Florence and Rome, we have finally safely, albeit somewhat sadly, arrived back home in Philadelphia. The abrupt difference in the view from our bedroom window this morning from weeks past was a rude awakening, to be sure, but we are indeed most grateful for the abundance of joyful memories from this excursion which replay so vividly in our nightly dreams, and which will no doubt continue to titillate our souls for time eternal.Our deepest and most humble thanks to everyone who participated in and made possible this most extraordinary and magical event.” – Tanto amore,  Stu and Maria

“Venice washed over me like a wave, and touched all the senses. We saw amazing art & were treated to fantastic music everyday we got to be with friends old & new, and what more could you ask for? Yes, Yes, Yes!” – Joel

“What a special way to explore a new place! I really loved settling in and getting to know my surroundings as well as spending time with new and old friends. The music was icing on the cake and a pleasure to be a part of!” – Jilian

“One of the peak experiences of my life, and I’ve had (more than) a few!” – Greg

Ross James
Ross JamesMulti-instrumentalist, Songwriter, Singer
Ross was a founding member of the band American Jubilee, and has shared the stage with many greats including Phil Lesh, John Scofield, Chris Robinson, Warren Haynes, Stanley Jordan, John Mayer, and more.
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Holly Bowling
Holly BowlingPianist, Keyboardist and Composer
Texture, nuance, and a gift for dexterous high-wire improvisation are the hallmarks of San Francisco-based classically trained pianist Holly Bowling, who is infuses jam band music with a technically advanced,
emotionally rich style.
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Nicki Bluhm
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Paul Hoffman
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Founding member, singer, songwriter and mandolin player for the award winning folk/americana outfit Greensky Bluegrass.
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Anders Beck
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Grahame Lesh
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Scott Law
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Elliott Peck
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Matt Butler
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Everyone Orchestra conductor/founder Matt Butler corrals the musicians to create wondrous aural creations that defy genre and even get the audience involved in the song-creating process.
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Eric Krasno
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Two-time Grammy winning guitarist, musician and producer best known for his work with Soulive, Lettuce, Tedeschi Trucks Band & Pretty Lights.
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Jilian Nershi
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Jilian, a guitarist, singer and songwriter co -founded Honkytonk Homeslice the summer of 2004 with her husband Bill Nershi and Scott Law.
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Bill Nershi
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Bill Nershi has delighted countless fans as a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and founding member of the String Cheese Incident, Honkytonk Homeslice and The Emmitt-Nershi Band.
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Keith Moseley
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