American Festival of Microtonal Music
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E-mail: afmmjr[at]aol[dot]com, Tel: +1 (212) 517 3550, Johnny Reinhard - Director


MicroFEST 2015 New York, USA • March 27-29

AMERICAN FESTIVAL OF MICROTONAL MUSIC (AFMM), under the direction of Johnny Reinhard, presents three concerts at Spectrum, located at 121 Ludlow Street, second floor, in Lower Manhattan. Admission is $20 at the door for each night; $15 for seniors and students with ID. All three concerts begin at 7 P.M.

Friday, March 27th features the world premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas's solo for bassoon in 128 note tuning [formed by the eighth octave of the harmonic series] FOR JOHNNY REINHARD, performed by its dedicatee. Guitar soloist Tolgahan Cogulu of Istanbul premieres Johnny Reinhard's solo for microtonal guitar in 128 note tuning called KNIN CALIMARI. Richard Carr introduces SHINE ON YOU CRAZY DAIMOND for violin and laptop; and David Galt serves GARBLED NUMBERS: A DIPTISCH FOR DIDJERIDOO. Moscow's Anton Rovner delivers the graphic THREE CORNERED HAT written for thereminist Yonat Hafftka, fretless guitarist Michael Hafftka, and bassoonist Johnny Reinhard, who closes the evening with his conception TRIP I - first of a projected 3-night triptisch. Additionally, a rare recording of Alexander Nemtin's electronic FUGUE in 72-tone equal temperament is heard (Russia, 1972).

Saturday's March 28th presents a second performance of FOR JOHNNY REINHARD by Georg Friedrich Haas. Tolgahan Cogulu returns to play two traditional Turkisch makam works. Philipp Gerschlauer presents his quartet in the titles MR. P. APRIL, and OKTOBER with Gabriel Zucker on keyboards, Marty Kenney at double bass, Nathan Ellman-Bell on drums and the composer as alto saxophonist. Soprano Meredith Borden premieres her composition THE BALLAD OF HOBO ANNIE. JUST VIOLA by Skip La Plante is premiered by violist Anastasia Solberg. Anastasia Solberg delivers a LITANIAE by Violeta Dinescu. A trio composed of fretless bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling of Amsterdam joins bassoonist Johnny Reinhard and fretless guitarist Michael Hafftka convenes for PINE. Once again, Johnny Reinhard congeals TRIP II to complete the evening.

Sunday, March 29th spotlights Harry Partch's Shakespeare-inspired POTION SCENE as interpreted by soprano Meredith Borden and violist Anastasia Solberg. Juhani Nuorvala of Finland joins alto flutist Stefani Starin with his electronics for the American premiere of RUOIKKOHUHUILU. Meredith Borden and Stefani Starin perform the american premiere of Sergei Slonimski's POLSKIE STROFIE for mezzo-soprano and flute. Michael Hafftka paints in music a CONSTELLATION for thereminist Yonat Hafftka, fretless bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling, bassoonist Johnny Reinhard, and himself on fretless guitar. Ella Ackerman sings three song selections by the late just intonation composer Paul Gallagher. Johnny Reinhard's TRIP III, featuring Jeroen Paul Thesseling on fretless 7-string electric bass, concludes our season.

Balkan MicroFEST Knin 2014

'Directors Cut'
in 128 tuning

Johnny Reinhard, bassoon
Jurica Jelic, fretless guitar

MicroFEST New York 2014

in 128 tuning

Johnny Reinhard, bassoon
Michael Hafftka, fretless guitar
Jeroen Thesseling, fretless bass

MicroFEST New York 2013

'Sonatas & interludes for
prepared piano' (John Cage)

Joshua Pierce, prepared piano

Balkan MicroFEST 2014 Knin, Croatia • August 21-24

AMERICAN FESTIVAL OF MICROTONAL MUSIC (AFMM), under the direction of Johnny Reinhard, and Jurica Jelic and the Museum of Knin in Croatia, present a four-night series in the Fortress of Knin August 21-24 at 7 P.M. Admission is free at the door for each night.

International composer musicians participating include Tolgahan Cogulu (guitar) of Turkey, Jeroen Paul Thesseling (electric 7-string fretless bass) of The Netherlands, Philipp Gerschlauer (saxophone and keyboards) of Germany, and Svjetlana Bukvich (minimoog) of New York, formerly of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Additionally, Jurica Jelic (guitar/bass) of Croatia, and Johnny Reinhard (bassoon) of New York, the two Directors of this Festival, join in the concertizing.

Musicologist Carol Baron will introduce the proceedings with a talk about the UNIVERSE SYMPHONY by Charles Ives before the mammoth composition is listened to by the audience in the form of the recording. The guest musicians will introduce themselves to the audience on the opening night with a solo on their instruments. Over the next three nights, there will be much beauty, surprise, and awesomeness, presented by virtuosi in all manner of combination.

MicroFEST New York 2012

'Fretless Guitar Concerto for Michael Hafftka' (Johnny Reinhard)
in 128 tuning

Michael Hafftka, fretless guitar
Richard Carr, violin
Anastasia Solberg, viola
Joshua Morris, double bass
Cush Solberg, cello
Shelly Monroe Huang, bassoon
Johnny Reinhard, bassoon

MicroFEST New York 1997

'Odysseus' (Johnny Reinhard)

MicroFEST New York 1992

'Atlantis' (Johnny Reinhard)

MicroFEST 2014 New York, USA • April 12-15

AMERICAN FESTIVAL OF MICROTONAL MUSIC (AFMM), under the direction of Johnny Reinhard, presents a four-night series at Spectrum, located at 121 Ludlow Street, second floor, in Lower Manhattan. Admission is $20. at the door for each night; $15 for seniors and students with ID. Please note the different start times.

Saturday, April 12th at 9 PM spotlights the CD release party for TRUE and IMAGINE CDs on the AFMM’s PITCH label in partnership with Six Gallery Press. Guests include the legendary Skip La Plante, Eduardo Caballero of Monterrey, Mexico, also Svjetlana Bukvich and Cristian Amigo. IMAGINE CD’s music played by violinist Richard Carr, thereminist Yonat Hafftka, fretless guitarist Michael Hafftka, double bassist Joshua Morris, and bassoonist Johnny Reinhard. Guitarist Vito Ricci, and trumpeter Joshua Levinson, join Joshua Morris in the house band.

Sunday’s April 13th concert begins at 8:30 PM with the premiere of Johnny Reinhard’s second string quartet, SEVENTH HEAVEN, composed during a recent sojourn in China to the 32 pitches that appear for the first time in the sixth octave of the overtone series of a fundamental at “A.” Composer and percussionist Tigran Mansurjan joins violist Anastasia Solberg for his exciting LIED UND GEBILDE (“Songs and Pictures”). Tehran-based Shaahin Mohajeri composed and pre-recorded BASSOTOM on tombak for a live improvisation with bassoonist Johnny Reinhard. Four songs of Harry Partch’s LYRICS OF LI PO (1929-30) will be intoned corporeally by Johnny Reinhard in duo with violist Anastasia Solberg. And Dutch bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling joins for a group 128 performance.

Monday at 7 PM on April 14th features the premiere of Eduardo Caballero’s CONCEALMENT for bassoon and electronics based in part on paintings by Michael Hafftka. Thereminist Yonat Hafftka and fretless guitarist Michael Hafftka join bassoonist Johnny Reinhard in an homage to the opening night of Passover. Guitarist Cristian Amigo inaugurates a modern BLUES from his new series of modern blues. Jacob Barton plays his HOPROCK for the “udderbot,” an acoustic instrument that sounds somewhat like a “wind-theremin,” and who then joins Cristian Amigo in an UDDERDUO. Bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling joins Johnny Reinhard and Michael Hafftka for OAK in 128 tuning.

Tuesday at 7 PM on April 15th spotlights the microtonal trumpet in a recital featuring Oded Ben-Tal’s STILL LIFE, Elia Koussa’s UPWARDS IN TIME, Elizabeth Adams’ IMMATERIAL, Donald Bousted’s YASSER DESCRIBES HIS POLEMIC (and adds some footnotes), Cornelius Schwehr’s LE BONHEUR, Gordon Kampe’s YIIIIIIIIIHA, Eleri Pound’s GNOSSIENNE, and Alexander Grebtschenko’s BYE-BYE.

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