Mozarteum University Salzburg, Mirabellplatz 1, 5020 Salzburg, Austria

International Symposium

Paper Presentations, Workshops, and Concerts focusing on Microtonal Music

An event of the International Ekmelic Music Society
in co-operation with the Mozarteum University Salzburg.

In partnership with ConTempOhr
and with EUROMicroFest 2017.

Concept and overall charge: Gertraud Steinkogler-Wurzinger and Agustín Castilla-Ávila



  • Arrival – Registration

Hörsaal/garden floor

Hörsaal/garden floor

Presentations I

Chair: Agustín Castilla-Ávila

  • Ivan Cancialosi (ITA)

    An Introduction to Microtonality in Western Music Tradition

  • Ferhat Cayli (TUR)

    A Technique from 15th Century Turkish Manuscripts: Obtaining Microtones on 'Open-String' Instruments

  • Lunch Break

Seminarraum 2049

Presentations II

Chair: Johannes Kotschy

  • Mariana Hijar (MEX)

    The idea of an aesthetic revolution in the sound 13 theory of Julián Carrillo and his relation with the Mexican revolution

  • Hugo Vargas Olvera (MEX)

    Sonido 13 (Enrichment, Simplification and Purification of Music)

  • Eleni Ralli (GRC)

    Understanding Partch’s ideas through the pitch and sound world of his instruments

  • Coffee Break

Seminarraum 2049

Presentations III

Chair: Gertraud Steinkogler-Wurzinger

  • Benjamin Lang (DEU)

    Microtonal Structures as Means of expression: “Old Scatness” (2016) for Saxophone quartet


Concert I

with the Aleph Guitar Quartet (DEU)

  • Alberto Hortigüela (*1969)

    Die Sprache ist die Strafe

  • Martin Smôlka (*1959)


  • Mauricio Sotelo (*1961)

    Y los arcos vacíos por el cielo, for guitar quartet

  • Agustín Castilla-Ávila (*1974)

    The noble truths (Premiere)

  • Georg Friedrich Haas (*1953)

    Quartett für 4 Gitarren

    • Aleph Guitar Quartet:
    • Andrés Hernández Alba, Tillmann Reinbeck, Wolfgang Sehringer, Christian Wernicke

Jazzit:Musik:Club, Elisabethstraße 11, 5020 Salzburg, Austria

Concert II

Microtonal Jam Session

Kleines Studio

Presentations IV

Chair: Agustín Castilla-Ávila

  • Todd Harrop (CAN)

    Alternative Flattened Dimensions in Harmonic Space

  • Lunch Break

Kleines Studio

Presentations V

Chair: Gertraud Steinkogler-Wurzinger

  • Coffee Break

Kleines Studio

Presentations VI

Chair: Johannes Kotschy

  • Iván Cipactli Hernández Espinosa (MEX)

    Quarter-Tone Marimba

  • Noah Jordan (CAN)

    Relations between 15 equal tuning and 72 equal tuning, and others

  • Duo Donald Bousted - Stephen Altoft (UK)

    The microtonal Trumpet

Kleines Studio

Presentations VII

Chair: Johannes Kotschy

  • Julio Marco-Franco (ESP)

    34-Tone Golden Scale Notation

  • Lunch Break

Kleines Studio

Presentations VIII

Chair: Agustín Castilla-Ávila

  • Coffee Break

Kleines Studio

Presentations IX

Chair: Johannes Kotschy

Kleines Studio

Concert III

Kleines Studio

Concert IV

In Memoriam Rolf Maedel ()

Compositions of the International Ekmelic Music Society.

End of the Symposium