The forthcoming events involve performances using microtonal trumpets:
2nd February, 2013 7.30pm: Kunsthochschule für Medien, Cologne, Germany. Music by Donald Bousted (new work, first performance) and Philip Blume. ensemble chronophonie (Lee Ferguson, malletkat; Stephen Altoft, trumpets)
11th May, 2013 8.00pm: E-WERK Freiburg, Germany. Music by Donald Bousted, Philip Blume Frederik Wallberg (new work, first performance) and Kosmas Giannoutakis (new work, first performance). ensemble chronophonie (Daniel Agi, flute; Christian Kemper, Oboe; Lee Ferguson, malletkat; Stephen Altoft, trumpets)
12th May, 2013 (time tbc) Kunstverein Freiburg, Germany. Improvisation/ newworks by Harald Kimmig. Harald Kimmig Quintet (Harald Kimmig, violin; Ephraim Wegner, electronics; Jan F. Kurth, voice; Lee Ferguson, malletkat; Stephen Altoft, trumpets)
Microtonality in music has existed in many cultures for centuries.
The idea of microtonal trumpets dates back to the early twentieth century and there are surviving examples in the museums in Odessa and Prague.
This project, which began in 1998 and was inspired partly by the work of American Trumpeter and Big Band leader Don Ellis. It is a systemically researched and documented project between a composer and a trumpeter, and his 3-valve B-flat trumpet!
Since 1998, the project has expanded exponentially both in the development of ideas, modified instruments and in the creation of new music.
Through this website and associated concerts, lectures, CDs and vidoes, The Microtonal Trumpet has
stirred the imagination of amateur and professional players, students and teachers.
This website describes the development of a 4-valve quarter-tone trumpet in C and a 4-valve trumpet in B-flat capable of playing in 19 equal divisions of the octave (19-div).
The website overall, including our free, online book covers quarter-tone and eighth-tone playing techniques, a full explaination of 19-div and how to approach this tuning on the trumpet, a short history of the microtonal trumpet and a repertoire list.
This project is on-going and the authors welcome your feedback.
Stephen Altoft's new CD "The Yasser Collection" is now available - click here to download an interactive pdf advertising the release.
Donald Bousted is a composer, sound and installation artist, film maker and guitarist. His most recent work focuses on combining elements of all these interests. Typically, the work completed in the last 2-3 years has sought to integrate elements of film, performance and live art plus multi-sourced (up to eight-part) electro-acoustic elements transmitted from varied 'qualities' of source (from 'high' quality PA to 'low' quality exciter-speakers).
A number of works, including the installation with Gary O'Connor 'broader than broadway' and the mixed media 'pieces in your dreams; touch' and 'the black hole' utilise innovative, 'home-made' speakers made by attaching exciters to musical instruments, glass, floorboards and walls. This tranch of work has been sponsored by the pioneering British company NXT. The work 'touch' (2005) specifically uses these different sources to give an expanded sense of virtuosity by attaching exciters to live instruments. Our perception of virtuosity is challenged as we hear sounds sourced on those instruments reintegrated within live-performed sounds.