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Plucking Lou Harrison

February 20, 2017

By Bill Alves In honor of the centennial of composer Lou Harrison, composer and author Bill Alves is blogging about the Harrison works on the concerts of MicroFest 2017. Alves and Brett Campbell are authors of the new and definitive book on Harrison: Lou Harrison: American Musical Maverick, and much of this information comes from that volume. Even […]

Text and Tuning: Accordant Commons at Automata

May 5, 2016

By Argenta Walther On May 7th, MicroFest will present the vocal music group Accordant Commons, performing a diverse array of microtonal vocal works by Daniel Corral, Nomi Epstein, Evan Johnson and Leah Reid. What Draws Us to Microtonality: We feel that the voice is the ultimate Microtonal instrument. The voice is able to explore shades […]

Become Ocean: John Luther Adams and the Legacy of Lou Harrison

April 19, 2014

By BRETT CAMPBELL MicroFest’s April 26 concert will present premieres from the American musical pioneer Lou Harrison as well as another composer who considered him one of his most important mentors, this year’s Pulitzer Prize winner, John Luther Adams. “Lou Harrison was a generous friend and wise mentor to me for almost 30 years,” Adams […]

Genesis of an Eroica

June 6, 2013

by Chris Banta How the original Marimba Eroica began: Back in the 1950’s, composer, Harry Partch, a philosophic music man seduced into carpentry, designed and built musical instruments to fit his special micro-tonal scales. To accommodate the lower region of the musical spectrum, Harry built a bass marimba using organ pipe resonators and large bars. […]

Massed Microtonal Guitars!

May 10, 2013

By Felix Salazar is a chamber group of eight electric guitarists dedicated to revitalizing chamber music for a new generation of listeners. The octet’s repertoire spans the late Renaissance to the present day, ranging from the polychoral music of Giovanni Gabrieli to Igor Stravinsky’s Octet for Wind Instruments. Having 8 electric guitarists opens up many […]

The Semaphores send Morse-code

March 29, 2013

by Wolfgang von Schweinitz (MicroFest will feature soprano Rebecca Tomlinson giving the American premiere of Wolfgang von Schweinitz’s “O-Ton “Automne” – Linguistikherbst” on our April 11th concert at the Russian Hall. Click here for more information – Aron Kallay) In the Fall of 1996 the German radio station DeutschlandRadio Berlin organized a festival called “Stimmen im […]

Visual Microtonality

March 16, 2013

By Bill Alves Our next MicroFest event will feature my Visual Music Ensemble, so here’s a little bit about this possibly puzzling title. Artists have adopted the term visual music (VM) to refer to ways artists structure abstract images or video that are analogous to the composition of that other art of abstraction, music. In […]

Lou Harrison’s World of Tuning

January 28, 2013

By Bill Alves I can think of no more fitting way to inaugurate the MicroFest blog than to introduce the first event of our 2013 season, as it pays homage to a pioneer of music beyond the keys of the piano. The enchanting sounds of Lou Harrison’s music have become so well known today that […]