Saturday, April 6, 2024
2pm – 4pm
The Artistry of Johnny Reinhard
Johnny Reinhard, celebrates 45 years of microtonal themed concerts with performances at
the Bonita Museum on April 6, 2024 at 2:00 P.M. Also at the performance, find his new book The Transcendental Tuning of Charles Ives
Curators: Vallo Riberto
The concert features original compositions DUNE and ZANZIBAR as microtonal bassoon
features, and EYE OF NEWT played on the alto recorder. DUNE is based on the Frank Herbert novel
and features science fiction sounds embodying the novel’s characters in sound. ZANZIBAR starts with
the bassoon in parts on a table but soon magically brings the listener to Africa. EYE OF NEWT is based
on the magic potions of the witches found in Shakespeare. Additionally, Mr. Reinhard will play his work
KINDERGARTEN BLUES on the soprano recorder. These works employ elements of performance art,
with vocals and percussion, in addition to the morphing of the instruments.
Addition works on the program include Russian composer Anton Rovner’s BALLAD in 128
tuning, commissioned by Mr. Reinhard on the bassoon. John Cage’s intriguing 0 MINUTES AND 0
SECONDS will make a showing as well, instrument to be decided. Bosnian New Yorker Svjetlana
Bukvich composed HARD RAIN, JOHNNY for the event’s soloist along with pre-recorded sounds.
Expect some exciting improvisation and some miniatures.
Johnny Reinhard has been a solo performer throughout the world. Among his achievements is
the realization of the Charles Ives Universe Symphony, and the recently published book The
Transcendental Tuning of Charles Ives (Vision Edition). Mr. Reinhard has premiered acoustic works by
Wendy Carlos, Georg Friedrich Haas, Harry Partch, Lou Harrison, and La Monte Young, among others.
Reinhard founded the American Festival of Microtonal Music (AFMM) in New York City in 1981
and has continued steadily until the pandemic struck. Tonight marks the first concert given by Johnny
Reinhard since then, and the first solo concert performance in California since becoming a fulltime
resident in southern California. Mr. Reinhard directs Microtonal University (MU), now in its third season.
Panel: John Chalmers, Jonathan Glasier, Joseph Monzo, Daniel Corral, Bill Wesley
Microtonal Jam from April 15 2023 symposium with Interval publications: video (1min 34s)
Symposium 1st section: video (38min 28s) Kaz Masklanka and Joe Monzo
Symposium 2nd section: video (11min 35s) Jonathan Glasier, San Diego Microtonal Scene 1970’s
The title alludes to the infinity of pitches in microtonal music coined by one of San Diego’s must celebrated microtonal composers, Harry Partch. The Bonita presentation will be a one day event from 11:00am – 4:00pm, with an extended gallery exhibition of hand crafted instruments, pictorials and graphic illustration. The program will include a short introduction by our moderator, followed by a short, musical performance by William Wesley, a renowned composer, and instrument maker. This will be followed by a variety of informative talks by the participating musicians,
Interspersed with actual musical demonstrations. The final portion of the program will include an open-ended Q & A session, followed by a musical ensemble.
What are Microtons? (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74V8o76xV9c
Who is Harry Partch? Harry Partch (1901-1974) was an American composer, philosopher, inventor, instrument builder, and much more. Harry Partch website
Jonathan Glasier: Jonathan Glasier
Daniel Corral: Daniel Corral.com
Joe Monzo: tonalsoft.com (essays on musical tuning and scale theory, encyclopedia of microtonal music theory)
Bill Wesley: TEDX talk
John Chalmers: Xenharmonikon is a peer-reviewed online journal dedicated to experimental intonational practices
Are you attending the event? Feel free to bring your handmade instrument to the event.
Thank you to Vallo and Kaz for organizing this event!
Vallo Riberto, curator Rule 42 Stretched Language
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