EUROMicroFest 2017 – DOCUMENTATION

The fourth EUROMicroFest, EUROMicroFest 2017 (Microtonal Projects and un-sound) took place at E-Werk in Freiburg, Germany (18-20 May, 2017).
It featured: Stephen Altoft (UK/DE); James Batty (UK); Donald Bousted (UK); Agustin Castilla-Avila (ES/AT); duo Contour (DE); Michael H.Dixon (AU); Lee Ferguson (US/DE); Casey Hale (US); Christian Klinkenberg (BE); Jan F.Kurth (DE); Sevish (UK); Tassos Tataroglou (GR); Christopher Watford (US); Ephraim Wegner (DE)

 

 

Partner events were organised by the International Ekmelic Society (Internationales Symposium MIKROTÖNE ~ MICROTONES, ‘SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL’, Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, 30 June – 2July, 2017); Croatian Association for Microtonal Art, miCROfest in Zagreb (27-28 October, 2017)

“Seven Leaves” – An interactive musical narrative by Christian Klinkenberg

PHOTOS FROM THIS EVENT

Christian Klinkenberg’s new Bohlen-Pierce composition ‘Seven Leaves’ was first performed on the 27th of April in the cultural center “Alter Schlachthof” Eupen (Belgium) with the Kl-Ex Ensemble. There will be a further performance on November 20th, 2018 in the “AINSI” Theater Maastricht (NL).

The musicians

  • Nora-Louise Müller: Bohlen-Pierce Clarinet
  • Todd Harrop: Bohlen-Pierce ChimesÂ
  • Franck Hemmerle: Percussion
  • Vedran Mutic: Bohlen-Pierce-E-BassÂ
  • Melle Weijters: Bohlen-Pierce-E-Guitar
  • Christian Klinkenberg: Bohlen-Pierce Keyboard
  • Paul Pankert: ViolinÂ
  • Suse Weisse: Storyteller
  • Lothar Felten: Interactive App
  • Jens Schumacher: Samples and real-time-fx
  • Marc Kirschvink: Paintings

 

Plot

A story about lost love, an evil witch, an enchanted tree, and the leaves that hung, but never grew is integrated in the performance.

The scale

The Bohlen Pierce scale is a 13-step non octave scale which is tempered to the perfect-twelfth (3/1). For this reason, the musicians have specially constructed instruments (clarinet, keyboard, chimes). The string instruments (e-guitar, bass, violin) also need to retune their strings and have to increase the spacing of the fingerings or frets by about half.

The app

The special feature of this performance: the audience can play along via an app.

Partners

EUROMicroFest, Chudoscnik Sunergia, IMPACT (International Meeting in Performing Arts and Creative Technologies), Jazz Maastricht

Photos by Peter Ortmann

 

RASP new CD released soon!

In a few weeks time Stephen Altoft is releasing his new CD, RASP.  To whet your appetites the full CD notes can be downloaded here: RASP CD Programme Notes.  Stephen is presenting 11 recently written pieces in 19-division tuning.  Like the Yasser Collection before it, these pieces are diverse in orientation and international in outlook.  The CD, presented as a Digipack, will be available through Tutti.

RASP

small is beautiful

small-is-beautiful-2017

We are delighted to be partners of this International Symposium on microtonality – SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL. The full programme is attached and the quality and range of presentations speaks for itself.  Held at the Mozarteum University Salzburg, this has got to be an event not to miss for microtonalists.  Curated and organised by microtonal guitarist and composer Agustín Castilla-Ávila of the International Ekmelic Music Society.

Hale/Kurth Finale to EUROMicroFest 2017

Casey Hale
Casey Hale
The final concert of EUROMicroFest 2017 (Saturday, 20:30 Uhr, E-Werk) involves two stalwart MicroFest performers, Stephen Altoft (19-div trumpet) and Lee Ferguson (percussion) – duo Contour.  This time with Casey Hale (USA), 19-div Guitar and Jan F. Kurth (DE), Voice.

Casey Hale is an American composer, guitarist and musicologist living in Bristol, UK.  He received his doctorate in composition from the City University of New York, where his research explored improvised music through the lens of cultural studies. His compositions have been performed by the American Symphony Orchestra, Da Capo Chamber Players, and TRANSIT ensemble, among others, and his recent efforts have

been focused on microtonal harmonic resources.

 

Enneadecahedron is a project in 19-tone equal temperament for electric guitar, trumpet and percussion. It explores the ambiguities in how we hear music that divides the octave into nineteen parts, playing with a variety of harmonic interpretations like varying perspectives on a nineteen-sided object. The fragmentary movements that comprise the work form an evolving collection, a modular series of studies opening out onto a work perpetually in-progress.

 

Jan F. Kurth (c) Doradzillo
Jan F. Kurth
Jan F. Kurth (*1982) is a singer, impov musician and composer. He grew up in Cologne and studied Jazz Voice, Recorder, electronic music and music pedagogy at the Hochschule für Musik in Dresden as well as flm music composition at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg. In 2005 and 2006 he was a project fellow at Fabrica Musica, Treviso/Italy and in 2008 at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart/Germany. His focus lies on exploring ways of expression for the voice in different contexts, with and without lyrics, and the connection of music, language, image and movement. He lives in Freiburg, Germany.
His new piece, Das System is in 19-division tuning with a text by Michael Spyra.