MicroFest Amsterdam

A microtonal music festival in Europe

The MicroFest Amsterdam is a festival for microtonal music in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The festival takes place in the Small Hall of the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ in Amsterdam and is an initiative of the Huygens-Fokker Foundation, centre for microtonal music. The first edition of the MicroFest Amsterdam was on December 11, 2011. The artistic director is Sander Germanus.


About MicroFest Amsterdam

The Huygens-Fokker Foundation organizes the only microtonal festival in The Netherlands, under the title MicroFest Amsterdam. The foundation will thus follow into the footsteps of the Los Angeles-based MicroFest and the UK MicroFest in London. Through a versatile program of the most diverse forms of microtonality many enthusiastic listeners and interested in unconventional tunings and microtonal music will be served. Music that, like the famous American composer Charles Ives put it, consists of ‘the tones between the keys of the piano’. Thus, the festival wil give attention to 31-tone music, 19-tone music, quarter-tone music, 43-tone music, 72-tone music, 96-tone music, music in Bohlen-Pierce tuning, music in meantone temperament and music based on just intonation. These devisions or tunings are leading to completely new musical and tonal possibilities, a source of fresh sounds that forever expands the ear of the listener and the thinking about music. Enough reasons to visit this one-day festival for microtonal music.