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!
There’s a life before, and there’s a life after the EUROMicroFest 2013. I mean: being microtonal at home is nice and all, but going out to perform and lecture resulted in rewarding responses from the audience and interesting conversations with my colleagues.
One of them, composer Todd Harrop – who presented his research on the Bohlen-Pierce scale plus a survey of his compositions for BP-clarinets – summarized the weekend on his blog.
Performing again with Etienne was a thrill and a treat. And although we have both changed in so many ways, our musical instincts are still in tune with each other. He’s definitely the most microtonal drummer I’ve ever heard!
“I am really and happily moved by the performance you both did on Saturday. Because it is sophisticated yet unheroic and very lively in the sense of the unexpected.”
Martin Wolf (audience)
On sunday, I talked about how I got into microtonalism and my instruments. I spoke about my intuitiv approach to the fretless guitar and how I’m able to use it in conventional settings. Also, I showed the theoretical inspiration for my 41-tone guitar, the H-system by Aaron Hunt.