Call for Works for Glissando Flute, MicroFest Prague 2020

Erik Drescher, glissando flute, at MicroFest Prague 2020 Worldwide Open Call for Works #4 Results

The festival has been cancelled and postponed due to the state of emergency declared by the Czech government (full message here)

The results of the Call for Works for Glissando Flute
We are glad to have received 26 applications to the Glissando Flute Call for Works by the deadline January 26th, and three further applications that did not match the conditions of the Call, one of which was anyway rated. The entirety of the concert program as well as the initial individual ratings by jury members were considered. For performance by glissando-flutist Erik Drescher in MicroFest Prague 2020 in the festival’s second concert of Friday 24th of April, 2020, the jury has selected the following four compositions, in alphabetical order:

Alyssa ASKA: Circles.lines (2020) for glissando flute & stereo “tape” electronics
Olga KRASHENKO: Experience of a Gap (2020) for glissando flute & stereo “tape” electronics
Mika PELO: Syringe (2020) for glissando flute solo
Rouzbeh RAFIE: Unfettered howl (2019) for glissando flute solo

Congratulations to the composers of selected works!  The jury consisted the performer, glissando flutist Erik Drescher (DE), festival organisers Iva Oplištilová (CZ) and J-T Vesikkala Wittmacher (CZ/FIN), and external specialist on microtonality, composer Christian Klinkenberg (BE).

The distribution of the scores is visualised below. The four selections also included the two highest ranking works as well as two works that were ranked at 4th and 7th, based on artistic, programming, and technical criteria. Erik as the performer will be happy to contact the selected composers soon and also give technical comments to the works that could not be selected at this time.

Scaled total points from the jury, anonymised

The original text of the call:
We announce that microtonal compositions for glissando flute are sought for a concert in Prague on Friday 24th of April, 2020. The music will be performed by glissando-flutist Erik Drescher (Berlin, DE) in a recital concert of the MicroFest Prague 2020 / Institut mikrointervalové hudby 2020. Works should be for one performer on the glissando flute and include microtonality. Stereo “tape” electronics is available.

The instrument is a conventional-size flute with an attached sliding headjoint extending the range downwards with smooth sliding, which can be combined with all known techniques on the flute. The concert space is a medium-size hall at the Liechtenstein Palace at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. In the concert, Erik Drescher will premiere the selected works as well as shortly present this marvelous instrument and showcase works from its recent microtonal repertoire.

Works containing improvised, meaning not strictly and thoroughly notated, durations and dynamics will also be considered. Theatrical elements can also be included in the composition. Microtonal elements can be notated with high precision if desired.

Submission Rules and Guidelines

Please send a finished microtonal composition for glissando-flute (no live electronics available). Works between 4 and 10 minutes are given slight preference. There are no limitations as to who may apply. The work may be old or new, previously performed or unperformed.

Your message has to contain the performance material and duration estimate for your finished work, year of composition, and your composer name, telephone number and email address. Other contact or biographical information is not necessary.

No specific preparations, live electronics, electronic samples that need pre-recording with the musician, video, lighting or additional stage objects are allowed.

Information about the glissando mechanism ,
about the glissando-flutist Erik Drescher at
and about the festival at

1st Round

You may apply with several works, however, we cannot select more than one work from you for this concert.
All materials for the work must be sent by Sunday 26th of January, 2020 to as email text and attachments. In the case of sound files, accessible links that allow the download of files for at least three days from the deadline will be accepted.
Only independently performable and finished works will be considered. 2 to 3 works to be played will be selected by a 4-member jury made of flute player Erik Drescher (DE), festival organisers Iva Oplištilová (CZ) and J-T Vesikkala Wittmacher (CZ/FIN), and an internationally established microtonal composer as external member.

Submission Checklist
– finished microtonal score(s) in electronic format, using the allowed instrumentations only
– pdf of a legible score, electronically notated or scanned hand-written
– duration estimate and year of composition
– composer’s contact information: name, email, telephone
– send all materials to by Sunday 26th of January, 2020, 23:59 Czech time (UTC+2)
– no substantial changes to the work will be allowed before the performance
– participation is free, there is no entry fee for either round.

2nd Round

The composers of the selected works are announced by the jury and contacted for confirmation. After this your work will be rehearsed and performed by glissando-flutist Erik Drescher in Prague in the festival concert of Friday 24th of April, 2020. Please indicate at this stage if the work has been previously performed and provide a short description text of the work and, if you like, press material for the website and program booklet.

The MicroFest Prague 2020 Concert in downtown Prague

Attendance in Prague on the MicroFest Prague / Institut mikrointervalové hudby 2020 to present yourself, and hear your work performed is preferred though not absolutely required.

We will provide you at least 90 minutes of rehearsals with the glissando-flutist in Prague. Online video meetings with the musician are possible beforehand, and the musician is based in Berlin.

You will be given free tickets and access to all official events (two days of lectures, three concerts) of the festival as well as some unofficial events.

The website containing this same information:

Erik Drescher, glissando-flutist
Iva Oplištilová and J-T Vesikkala Wittmacher, festival directors

The performer gladly answers any questions about composing for the glissando flute:

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