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Czech Institute for Microtonal Music / Institut mikrointervalové hudby

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THE SECOND FESTIVAL ROUND IS ANNOUNCED!
Welcome to MicroFest Prague on April 28-29, 2023 in Prague!

The first day of the festival, Fri April 28 will proceed with a keynote lecture, about 5 lectures and an ensemble concert by EnsembleSpectrum.

The second day, Sat April 29 will likewise consist of a keynote lecture, about 5 lectures and a recital concert of recent solo and duo works for horn (Daniel Costello) and the rare 1/6-tone harmonium (Miroslav Beinhauer) specifically made available for the occasion.
All activity is hosted at at HAMU, Prague and operates within the scope of microinterval studies and practice today.

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The first festival round MicroFest Prague 2020 was successfully held online between October 16 – 28, 2020.
Click below for details.

READ ABOUT THE 2020 FESTIVAL ROUND HERE
We thank you for your participation and interest!
Two days for conference discussion, recorded concerts and presentations
Recordings available online to registered participants
Registration was opened October 1, please use this form.

Our closing activity will be a microtonal listening test held on November 27, 2020 at 10:30 AM Prague time online with free online admission. You can also take the test on your own starting November 16, 2020. Instructions for taking the listening test here. Details in the poster below:

Two main conference discussions will be held, at 3 PM to 4:30 PM (Prague time) on both Friday 16 and Saturday 17 October. The online platform will be Microsoft Teams which can be also joined using a link, no user account is necessary. The videos of all presentations and concerts will be available online before the conference discussions.
A closing discussion will take place on Wednesday 28 October at 3 PM to 4:30 PM Prague time and will feature Marc Sabat and give space to open discussion.
Due to the local circumstances in Prague, no live screening of the online discussions or of the videos will be held in the HAMU premises.

Registration is open since October 1, please use this form.


Microtones or microintervals?
We listen to both!


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 organised by a team of three Prague-based experts: Iva Oplištilová (music theorist), Lucia Maloveská (music theorist) and J-T Vesikkala Wittmacher (composer). 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.

Institut mikrointervalové hudby is financially supported by the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (HAMU).


Latest News

January 24, 2023
The Call for Horn jury was able to select the exceptional number of four winning works. Read the results of this festival’s last call for works here!

January 23, 2023
One week ago, our jury received 26 applications to the call for works for horn, and one late application which will also be considered. The external member of this jury is composer and music theorist Robert Hasegawa. Due to the considerable number, quality and stylistic variety we encountered, this jury work will last more than one week.

January 7, 2023
In our Duo Call for Works, our jury has chosen a winning piece to be performed on the festival in April 2023. Read the results here! One more calls for works is still ongoing.

January 1, 2023
Our Call for Works for the extraordinary duo of horn and 1/6-tone harmonium has received six applications, of which five were specially written for us during 2022. The external member of this jury is composer Caspar Johannes Walter. The winner is to be announced early this month.

December 20, 2022
In our Call for Works for EnsembleSpectrum, our jury has chosen three winning pieces to be performed on the festival in April 2023. Read the results here! Two more calls for works are still ongoing.

December 15, 2022
Our Call for Works for EnsembleSpectrum has received over 40 applications to judge, and the jury work will thus last slightly longer than one week. The external jury member is performer-composer Silvia Tarozzi. Stay tuned for the results!

December 4, 2022
In the Call for Works for the 1/6-tone Harmonium, our jury has chosen one winning piece to be performed on the festival in April 2023. Read the results here! Three more calls for works are still ongoing.

October 19th 2022
We have launched our Call for Works for duos of horn and 1/6-tone harmonium!

August 10th 2022
We have launched our Call for Works for trios, quartets, and quintets with EnsembleSpectrum!

July 26th 2022
We have launched our Call for Compositions to find music for horn!

July 20th 2022
We have launched our Call for Compositions to find music for sixth-tone harmonium!

May 23rd 2022
Setting the stage for the coming call for works! These separate calls will be announced here and include the instrumentations 1/6-tone harmonium, French horn, natural horn, and ensemble (fl, cl, vn, vc, pno).

Mar 31st 2022
Announcing MicroFest Prague 2023! We have recently received funding and are preparing further activities. The next round of the festival will be held in Spring 2023 live in Prague. More about MicroFest Prague 2023 to be shared here soon!

Nov 16th 2020
We are happy for the three days of discussions. For a closure of the festival, we have added registration information about a free microtonal listening test November 27, 2020. The test will be held online.

Oct 26th 2020
The discussions on Oct 16 and 17 have been received with enthusiasm. Thank you to all participants! Recordings of these discussions can be seen after registration. We are looking forward to speaking with you in the closing discussion this Wednesday!

Sep 30th 2020
The technical details of the festival have been updated above. Registration online will open starting tomorrow October 1.

Sep 14th 2020
The festival will be mostly held online. The activities of the festival have been published above on this page! A detailed schedule will follow.

Aug 12th 2020

The festival has been rescheduled to October 15th to 17th, 2020 and will be held mostly according to the original program in HAMU, Prague. Schallfeld Ensemble will organize one pre-concert in advance with the same repertoire, in Austria, on August 13th.

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 microintervalinstitute@gmail.com to hear about the offers!

Feb 4th 2020
The first version of the festival programme has been published!

Feb 3rd 2020
The results of the last Call for Works, for Glissando Flute, are here!

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.

Nov 2019
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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