MicroFest Amsterdam

A microtonal music festival in Europe

The MicroFest Amsterdam is a microtonal music festival in the capital of the Netherlands.

 

Festival | 11th of December 2011, 11.00-21.30 uur | BAM Hall, Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ in Amsterdam

MicroFest Amsterdam 2011

In December of this year the Huygens-Fokker Foundation organizes the first microtonal festival in The Netherlands, under the title MicroFest Amsterdam 2011. The foundation will thus follow into the footsteps of the Los Angeles-based MicroFest and the UK MicroFest in London. Through a versatile program of the most diverse forms of microtonality many enthusiastic listeners and interested in unconventional tunings and microtonal music will be served. Music that, like the famous American composer Charles Ives put it, consists of ‘the tones between the keys of the piano’. Thus, the festival wil give attention to 31-tone music, 19-tone music, quarter-tone music, 96-tone music, music in Bohlen-Pierce tuning, music in meantone temperament and music based on just intonation. These devisions or tunings are leading to completely new musical and tonal possibilities, a source of fresh sounds that forever expands the ear of the listener and the thinking about music.

 


Activities

11.00 – 12.15 Le Club Microtonal   >>>

Under the program title Le Club Microtonal, the Fokker-orgel is in this concert
part of the Ensemble SCALA, a new seven-member club musicians who are
specialized in microtonal music. Together, they bring the audience a spectrum
of new sounds by exploring the boundaries of the colorful 31- and 24-tone
tuning. Alongside newly composed works, there will be well-tried microtonal
works of old masters to be heard. Works of a.o. François Gabriel Madden, Ned
McGowan en Sander Germanus.

Ensemble SCALA:
Raymond Honing - flute
Michel Marang - clarinet
Manuel Visser - viola
Stefan Gerritsen - 31-tone guitar
Keiko Shichijo - keyboards / Carrillo-piano
Ere Lievonen - Fokker-orgel
Adam Jeffrey - percussion


13.30 – 14.30 Lecture performance door dr. Bob Gilmore
Bob Gilmore is head of the musicology department at the Brunel University of
London and is specialized in microtonal music. During this lecture he will
explain and show film clips about two pioneers of microtonal music: Ivan
Wyschnegradsky and Harry Partch.


15.00 – 16.00 From 19 to 96 tones in the octave   >>>
Keiko Shichijo - Carrillo-piano
Anne La Berge - microtonal flute


Martin Imholtz (1961) - "Sechs Stücke für 1/16 Ton Klavier" (2001)
Juan Felipe Waller (1971) - Lhorong, 31ºN 96ºE (2011)
Alain Banquart (1934) - "Habiter l'ambre" for Carrillo-piano and tape (2001)


Larry Polansky - v'leem shol
Robert Erickson - Quoq
David Lang (arr. La Berge) - Thorn;
Anne La Berge - Away (in 19-tone EDO)


As a pianist Keiko Shichijo gives solo and chamber music concerts throughout
Europe and Japan. During this concert she will perform on the 96-tone Carrillopiano
(ór 1/16-tone piano).
The Carrillo-piano of the brand Sauter is developed by a collaboration between
Julián Carrillo (1875-1965) and Carl Sauter in the 50s of last century and has
inspired many composers and musicians to compose and perform microtonal
music. The refined 96-tone system of Carrillo can actually approach each pure
interval. Thus, at the Carrillo-piano diverse spectral overtone sounds and
chords can be approached nearly perfect. The programme includes some
standard repertoire works and new compositions for the Carrillo-piano.

Anne La Berge's career as a flutist / improviser / composer is beyond
international and stylistic boundaries. In her performances she combines
various musical aspects, including improvised microtonal textures and
delicately woven melodies. Her concert flutes are built using the Kingmasystem,
which allows her to play microtones more easy.


16.30 – 17.15 Forum: Microtonal music in practice
Several experts and performers of microtonal music, including the Canadian
Siemen Terpstra and the Dutch composer Gijsbrecht Royé, will attend the
discussion about the question in what way microtonal systems can be applied
in practice to result in more acurate performances. A subject that can hopefully
lead to a more precise performances of microtonal music. The discussion is led
by Sander Germanus.


20.15 – 21.30 Bohlen-Pierce meets Huygens-Fokker   >>>
Ere Lievonen - Fokker-orgel
Nora-Louise Müller - Bohlen-Pierce clarinet
Ákos Hoffman - Bohlen-Pierce clarinet


Ere Lievonen will play some highlights from the repertoire of the Fokker-orgel,
including a work by Ivan Wyschnegradsky. Thus he will perform both ancient
music in meantone temperament and new music specifically composed for the
31-tone organ. In addition, a short but powerful composition will sound in
which the Fokker-orgel is controlled entirely by a laptop computer.
During this concert Nora Louise Muller and Ákos Hoffman will perform in
inimitable way on the Bohlen-Pierce clarinets. The Bohlen-Pierce scale uses
the duodecime as its harmonic framework, which is divided into 13 steps,
entirely according to mathematical calculations. This results in an alternative
musical system that offers new possibilities for contemporary music in the
future. In 2008 the first Bohlen-Pierce clarinet was completed and now there
are many new works composed for, several of which this concert will sound.

On the programme works of among others Manfred Stahnke, Georg Hajdu,
Hans Kox, Tarquinio Merula, Owen Bloomfield and Ivan Wyschnegradsky.

 

Tickets

Single concerts are 15 euros, a passe-partout for the entire festival costs 24 euros.   >>>

Tickets can be reserved at the Muziekgebouw. The tickets include a drink after the concert at the restaurant Zouthaven from the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ.

 

Sponsors

This festival is made possible by the support of: the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR), the Goethe-Institut (Netherlands) and the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ.
The renovation of the Fokker organ was made possible by o.a. the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and the SNS REAAL Fonds. A donation of the Nederlands Akoestisch Genootschap and a shared contribution of six reputable consultancy offices, namely Cauberg-Huygen, DGMR, LBP|SIGHT, M+P, Peutz and Wijnia-Noorman-Partners (WNP) made it possible for Huygens-Fokker to purchase the Carrillo-piano.
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