festival from April 23rd to 25th, 2020 in Prague
FESTIVAL WILL BE POSTPONED
Microtones or microintervals?
We listen to both!
Public press release
March 14th, 2020
Dear audience and participants of MicroFest Prague 2020,
we are sad to announce the decision that the planned events of MicroFest Prague for April 2020 have to be cancelled according to the travel and health regulations recently set by the Czech government. The regulations also affect cultural and educational events. Due the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak, however negligible in and around Prague at the moment, this week a state emergency was announced. This closes all borders to all non-Czech citizens and will last at least 30 days into the middle of April. The timing leading to the festival would be too close to reliably tell whether the border will further stay closed to the majority of our participants and visitors who are foreign nationals. Even if the borders were reopened, organising the festival as planned would not contribute to subduing infections in such an international and touristic city as Prague.
A closure until further notice of all institutions of education was announced this Tuesday. Our sponsor and festival venue, the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague suggested this postponing measure against further infections. With it, we aim to secure organising MicroFest Prague with as much of the original substance as possible at a later date and keep participation free. We are looking to changing the timing to when the state emergency can be reasonably expected to have been mitigated, to Autumn this year. We will soon contact the presenters and performers about their possibilities of participation at those dates.
We once again apologise the situation that has emerged.
Stay healthy and best wishes from Prague,
Iva Oplištilová and J-T Vesikkala Wittmacher
MicroFest Prague 2020
What We Do
The Czech Institute for Microtonal Music is a freely formed group for people with an interest in composed, theorized, and performed music with microintervals. The Institute is led by two Prague–based experts working in microtonal music and music theory, Iva Oplištilová and J-T Vesikkala Wittmacher. The Institute exists to promote microtonal performed and composed music and research in Prague, Czechia and nearby regions as a whole, to organize scientific and international easy-access conferences, workshops, presentations, competitions and concerts, and to enrich the worldwide dialogue and flow of information on the microtonal field. Connections are maintained with multiple individuals, groups, societies and festivals, among which are EUROMicroFest, Finnish Microtonal Society, and American Festival of Microtonal Music.
From Thursday April 23rd to Saturday 25th, 2020, the Institute organizes the first edition of a festival in a format similar to the international MicroFest (running since the 1980’s), with the local title Institut mikrointervalové hudby 2020, or with the international subtitle MicroFest Prague 2020. The performing and academic festival includes eleven presentations by internationally acclaimed speakers and two concerts focusing on microtonal music, one of them for ensemble and one a recital of soloists on microtonal instruments. Moreover, three shorter concert sets titled “Open stage” will present microtonal music in a Friday evening setting.
As of February, the first version of the festival programme has been published.
Our lecturers and performers include Robert Hasegawa, Klaus Lang, Marc Sabat, Margarethe Maierhofer-Lischka, Erik Drescher, Linnéa Sundfær Casserly, Daniel Costello, Ivan Boreš, Christian Klinkenberg, Juuso Kunttu, Edward Powell, Milan Guštar, Petr Pařízek, Stephen Altoft, Donald Bousted, and Schallfeld Ensemble.
Institut mikrointervalové hudby is financially supported by the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (HAMU).
Mar 14th 2020
The festival has been cancelled and postponed due to the state of emergency declared by the Czech government (description above). We are looking to organising the festival, with as much of its original substance as possible, at a later date in Autumn 2020.
Mar 1st 2020
We still have some visitor apartments available for the international public, please contact us by email at email@example.com to hear about the offers!
Feb 4th 2020
The first version of the festival programme has been published!
Jan 27th 2020
We have just closed our fourth and last Call for Works, for Glissando Flute. We have received 26 works for glissando-flutist Erik Drescher, and again four of the received works include electronics. We will announce the results of the call by Sunday February 2nd. Further information on the page of the call.
Dec 21st 2019
The results of the Call for Works for Horn are here!
Dec 16th 2019
We have just closed our Call for Works for Horn. We have received 26 works for horn player Daniel Costello, and four of the received works applications include electronics. The jury for the horn works will consist of the performer Daniel Costello (GER/USA), festival organisers Iva Oplištilová (CZ) and J-T Vesikkala Wittmacher (CZ/FIN), and external specialist on microtonality, composer Matthias S. Krüger (GER). We will announce the results of the call by Sunday December 22nd.
Dec 15th 2019
The results of the Call for Works for Schallfeld Ensemble are here!
Dec 12th 2019
The results of the Call for Works for Recorder(s) are here!
Dec 9th 2019
We have just closed two of our Calls for Works. We have received 16 works for recorder(s) and 32 works for the musicians of Schallfeld Ensemble, most applications for the full quartet setup. The jury for the ensemble works will consist of Lorenzo Derinni of Schallfeld Ensemble (AT/ITA), festival organisers Iva Oplištilová (CZ) and J-T Vesikkala Wittmacher (CZ/FIN), and external specialist on microtonality, composer James Erber (UK). We will announce the results of both calls by Sunday December 15th.
We have already received a good amount of scores in the Call for Works for Recorder(s) yet we have decided to extend the deadline by two weeks until Sunday 8th of December, 2019, 23:59 Czech time (UTC+2) with the jury which will consist of
the performer, recorder player Linnéa Sundfær Casserly (NOR/FIN),
festival organisers Iva Oplištilová (CZ) and J-T Vesikkala Wittmacher (CZ/FIN), and external specialist on microtonality, composer-performer Johnny Reinhard (USA). There are also several days still remaining of the Schallfeld Ensemble Call for Scores!
Oct 13th 2019
We have launched our Call for Compositions to find music for glissando flute, the final one of our four ongoing calls for works.
Sep 23rd 2019
We have launched our Call for Compositions to find music for horn!
Sep 9th 2019
We have launched our Call for Compositions to find music for recorder!
Jul 8th 2019
We have launched our Call for Compositions to find trios and quartets for Schallfeld Ensemble!
We are currently booking musicians and lecturers for the upcoming festival. We will soon announce that brand new and recent works are being sought for microtonal solo instruments for our recital concert as well as for our ensemble concert. The concerts with standard repertoire and the selected works will be rehearsed together with the composers and performed as part of Institut mikrointervalové hudby 2020 / MicroFest Prague 2020 in concerts on April 23rd (ensemble) and 25th (soloists) 2020 at HAMU, Prague.
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