MicroFest: Plainsound Glissando Modulation
for violin and double bass
Composer: Wolfgang von Schweinitz
March 17, 2012

Featuring: Wolfgang von Schweinitz, Andrew McIntosh, and Scott Worthington

Now into its second decade of celebrating the beauty that lies "between the keys" of the piano, MicroFest is the world's leading concert series devoted to the glorious universe of non-standard tunings. Founded by microtonal guitarist and radio personality John Schneider in 1997, MicroFest has grown to a festival of six separate events this year at Southern California venues ranging from Little Ethiopia to Claremont, Eagle Rock to Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown LA. MicroFest has included ground-breaking concerts and premieres of works by Ben Johnston, Lou Harrison, Terry Riley, and Harry Partch with new and historical instruments. MicroFest is co-directed by Schneider and composer Bill Alves 

This performance begins at 8pm.

Wolfgang von Schweinitz (Composer) was born in Hamburg, Germany. After some early compositional attempts since 1960, Wolfgang von Schweinitz studied in 1968-76 with Esther Ballou at the American University in Washington, D.C., with Ernst Gernot Klussmann and György Ligeti at the music academy in Hamburg, and with John Chowning at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in California. There he composed the orchestral Mozart-Variations, which made his name in Germany in 1977. Since September 2007 he is based in southern California north of CalArts (California Institute of the Arts), where he was invited to assume the Roy E. Disney Family Chair in Musical Composition.  

Andrew McIntosh (Violin/Viola) is known for being an avid advocate of experimental music, although he often performs compositions from throughout the last 800 years, sometimes on period instruments as well. McIntosh is a member of the Formalist Quartet, which is also dedicated to adventurous and relevant repertoire and regularly performs around the states. He holds degrees in violin and composition from the University of Nevada, Reno and the California Institute of the Arts. As a chamber musician he has played in festivals, concerts, art spaces, and recordings around the US and Europe with the Formalist Quartet, Tholl/McIntosh duo, Dante Boon, Quatuor Bozzini (Montreal), Rohan de Saram, inauthentica, and Wet Ink Ensemble (New York). 

Scott Worthington (Double bassist) is active as a chamber musician, composer, and soloist. A frequent commissioner, he has premiered solos and concertos written for him by Robert Morris, Juan Trigos, and numerous younger composers. His own music has been commissioned and performed by big bands, chamber ensembles, soloists, and computers. Worthington has performed around the world at festivals and venues such as the Chihuahua International Festival, June in Buffalo, the Lucerne Festival, Monday Evening Concerts, and the Monterey and Montreal Jazz Festivals. From 2007-2009 he was invited to perform with the Lucerne Festival Academy working with conductor Pierre Boulez, bassist Frédéric Stochl, and other members of Ensemble Intercontemporian.  

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