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Join us for three lectures on very different approaches to microtones on the guitar.

#1 Tolgahan Çogulu & the Adjustable Microtonal Guitar

Fri, October 27th, 2017, 12:00pm
New England Conservatory: Keller Room
Admission free

Critically acclaimed Turkish musician and inventor of the adjustable microtonal guitar, Tolgahan Çogulu leads a workshop on microtonal music.

The first prize winner at the 2014 Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition, Tolgahan Çogulu, designed his “Adjustable Microtonal Guitar” in 2008. Do not miss this special presentation where Tolgahan will explain his unique guitar design, his process of commissioning and performing music as well as his approach to a wide variety of microtonal tuning systems.

This event is presented by the Intercultural Institute in collaboration with the Boston Microtonal Society, and is free and open to the public.

#2 Agustín Castilla-Ávila and Microtonality on the Guitar

Mon, November 20th, 2017, 6:00pm
New England Conservatory: Pierce Hall
Admission free

Agustín Castilla-Ávilla presents his own microtonal system on the guitar, focusing on the following topics:
• Historic uses of the string and different possibilities to use microtones on the guitar.
• Practical problems with different microtonal guitars. Gallery of microtonal guitars.
• The guitar in sixths of a tone. Advantages and disadvantages of tuning in sixths of a tone. Personal decisions of the composer. Examples from solo to sextet.
• Notation: Transcription or tablature? Advantages and disadvantages of the different notation ways.
• Prepared guitars and other ways to get microtones on the guitar. Discussion about “the lost intimacy of the guitar.”

Agustín Castilla-Ávila, vice-president of the Austrian Microtonal Society (International Ekmelic Music Society), worked as a composer in Europe, Asia and USA. His music was conducted by D. Russell-Davies, J. Kalitzke, T. Ceccherini, A. Soriano, H. Lintu and H. Schellenberger among others. He has written solo and chamber music, orchestral, theater plays, choreographies and five chamber operas. He has published for Doblinger Verlag, Joachin Trekel and Bergmann Edition. In 2013 he received the Music Price (Jahresstipendium) from the Region of Salzburg.

This event is presented by the the Boston Microtonal Society in collaboration with the New England Conservatory Theory Department, and is free and open to the public.

#3 Fuzing it All Together: The Microtonal Music of Guitarist David Fiuczynski

Mon, March 12th, 2017, 5:00pm
New England Conservatory: Pierce Hall
Admission free

Presented in collaboration with the New England Conservatory Contemporary Improvisation

Guitar shredder, researcher, composer, and winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship, David Fiuczynski explores the microtonal universe like few others. Fiuczynski will discuss his microtonal guitar and techniques, and his recent CD Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian Microjam!—jointly dedicated to 20th century classical composer Olivier Messiaen and innovative hip-hop record producer J Dilla. Over the last ten years Fiuczynski has explored music widely with the goal of furthering guitar language, technique, and technologies by incorporating foreign music traditions, harmonies and styles to create a unique idiom that transcends them all.

While you wait, check out Fiuczynski’s newly released CD with Philipp Gerschlauer, Giorgi Mikadze, Matthew Garrison and Jack DeJohnette Mikrojazz: Neue Expressionistische Musik https://www.rarenoiserecords.com/mikrojazz-combo



Featured artist: William Lang, trombone

Any person of any age or nationality.

Compositions must be for solo trombone (alto, tenor, or bass; William can switch instruments mid-piece if desired), or solo trombone and electronics (live processing is acceptable, but fixed media is preferred; William can also work with analog equipment if provided, i.e. cassette, boombox, etc).

Compositions should include the use of microtones, but the type of alternate tuning can be from any system (quarter-tones, eighth-tones, 72 Equal-Temperament, Just Intonation, etc.), and there are no restrictions regarding style or aesthetics. New compositions are preferred, however compositions that have already been performed are eligible.

Works may be any length, but preference may be given to works that are 15 minutes or less.

Time Frame for Submissions
Scores may be sent beginning Aug.1, 2017. The deadline for submission November 15, 2017. Any materials received after this date will not be considered.

Application Materials

  • Score (PDF)
  • Recording if available (MP3, MIDI, or link to website or online service such as SoundCloud)
  • Bio (PDF)
  • Resume (PDF)
  • Submit all materials electronically to: info@BostonMicrotonalSociety.org

Entrance Fee
$15 payment to be received by November 15, 2017 at 11:59PM.

There are three possible modes of payment: PayPal, credit card, or check.

  • For either PayPal or credit card payment, please use this link, hitting the “donate” button. (For credit card payments, follow the prompts under “Don’t have a PayPal account?”.)

  • Checks drawn on a U.S. bank with no charges to the payee may be sent to Boston Microtonal Society, 55 Beacon St., North Adams, MA 01247 USA. All checks must must be received by November 15, 2017.

Selected pieces will be featured on a performance in early 2018 at the Lily Pad in Cambridge, MA. Pieces will be selected according to the criteria given above, the quality of the scores, and the creation of a balanced concert program. The concert program will be announced in by December 15, 2017. With composers’ permission, the BMS would like to keep the scores of pieces not selected this season for possible consideration for future concerts.