Still reverberating after last sunday’s concert, courtesy of Teo Joling!
In the program MicroBlues (September 28, 2014, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ), guitarist Melle Weijters and keyboardist Guus Janssen explored new possibilities for the blues in the 31-tone tuning. For this concert, two extraordinary instruments were used: an 31-tone electric guitar and the Fokker-organ. The meantone, which sits comfortably in the division of the octave in 31 equal parts, played an important role.
At the invitation of the Grote Kerk Oosthuizen we now present a follow-up: MeantoneBlues. For this concert, a special guitar neck in meantone tuning was built. The instruments must be fully explored to reproduce the real character of the blue note. The original ‘forbidden’ intervals are hereby given a whole new meaning…
when: Sunday July the 5th, 2015
where: Grote Kerk Oosthuizen, Raadhuisstraat 61 1474 HJ Oosthuizen
Read more about the wonderful meantone organ here or watch the video below:
I’m glad to announce that I will be joining the Bohlen-Pierce Clarinet Project for a concert on sunday February 15, 2015 in Hamburg, Germany.
The Bohlen-Pierce scale uses the twelfth (octave plus fifth) as its harmonic frame, dividing it into 13 steps, according to various mathematical considerations. The result is an alternative harmonic system that opens new possibilities to contemporary and futuristic music.
The 41-tone system is a very good match to the BP scale as its perfect twelfth (spanning 65 steps) is also divisible by 13: a single BP step equals 5 frets on this guitar. It even provides ‘microtonal inflections’ from the strict BP pitches by shifting one or two frets up/down.
The following text is from their Facebookpage.
Here comes the Bohlen-Pierce Clarinet Project with quite a bunch of brandnew works! The BP family keeps growing, and we are proud to present an ensemble of nine BP musicians, including three BP clarinets.
Nora-Louisa Müller, Akos Hoffmann and Carola Schaal – BP clarinets
Andrej Koroliov – BP keys
Melle Weijters – 41-tone guitar
Manfred Stahnke – BP/JI viola
Yu-Ching Chao – BP alto recorder
Lin Chen – BP kalimba
Tair Turganov – double bass.
Todd Harrop, Benjamin Helmer, Georg Hajdu, Mandfred Stahnke, Goran Lazarevic, Nora-Louisa Müller, Akos Hoffmann
New to this scale? Read the Very Short Introduction to the Bohlen-Pierce Clarinet below!
It’s exactly three months after MicroBlues and it feels about time to share a track from that memorable concert. It took a while before I dared to listen back to this concert because it can be confrontational: what if the recording is not inline with my feeling about the concert? But this week, between Christmas and the New Year, it was time to not only look back but also to listen back to my most significant concert of 2014!
I am happy to present my solo arrangement of the piece Nuages by Django Reinhardt in extended meantone, played on my 31-tone guitar.
Weijters took charge of the bellows with, first, a MIDI guitar controller then, later, a pair of Wii game controllers as he and Janssen acted out a game of table tennis, their gestures being interpreted by computer to play the organ pipes.
Read more from Todd Harrop’s MicroBlues concert impression here!
I am happy to announce that I will be playing a concert at the Huygens-Fokker Foundation (Centre for Microtonal Music) on September 28 together with Guus Janssen.
The point of focus during the concert ‘MicroBlues’ is improvised music within the meantone and 31-tone tuning system. Guus Janssen and Melle Weijters jointly explore what kind of new opportunities these systems offers for improvised music, especially the blues. As a regular performer on the Fokker organ musician and leading composer Guus Janssen has already ample experience with ‘light music’ on this 31-tone organ. Jazz Guitarist Melle Weijters dedicated many years to fretless and microtonal guitars and is a specialist in this field. The varied styles of improvisation and themes are supported by the use of the latest computer technologies that will lead to a surprising result.
Dear Neil, here’s the integral recording of our set in Freiburg. No cuts and no edits; just ran it through some mastering plugins. I am so glad we got the opportunity to do this and I’m sure we’ll be able to do it again. Here, there, anywhere. Anytime!
Here’s a nice follow-up to the first EUROMicroFest-event. It started out as a little joke, the night before the Cologne-event…
… and turned into an actual opportunity to play with the microtonal guitar hero with whom I’ve been in contact ever since I first met him at the Dutch Fretless Guitar Festival in 2007. Neil carries along a bag full of microtonal experience and it’s an honor – and a pleasure! – to share the stage with him. I hope this will be the start of a new transatlantic fretless collaboration. Because remember, fretless is more!
Thanks Aaron, for this heads up about my appearance at the EuroMicroFest 2013!