‘a lovely cross-section of Stephen Altoft’s work’ (Prof. Manfred Stahnke)
"Stephen Altoft is an explorer who draws maps of musical terrain with his trumpet. The title track, his own composition Rasp, is a slow motion expansion from a breathy hiss to an intense broken buzz ... The logic of the progression is as stark as the material itself: a fearless opening statement ... announcing to the listener “this is what I work with.” theWholeNote
Microtonal Projects is delighted to announce the release of its latest limited edition CD, RASP - Stephen Altoft’s second solo CD on which he exclusively plays music written for his unique 19-division or 19 note-per-octave trumpet.
19-division (19-div) refers to 19 nominally equal steps within an octave, a very close relation to 1/3rd comma meantone temperament which was discovered in the early 16th Century.
The CD features new works in a variety of styles, solo or with electronics or malletKat, by a broad cross section of international composers written especially for the 19-div trumpet between 2012-16, and begins with Altoft’s stunning composition ‘RASP’ which lends the CD its title.
Stephen Altoft is an internationally known new music trumpeter who has commissioned many pieces, microtonal and otherwise. He plays with duo Contour, Ensemble Linea (Strasbourg), Harald Kimmig’s 'Human Factory Band' and pianist, Elmar Schrammel. He has toured in many countries and gives illustrated lectures with Donald Bousted on ‘The Microtonal Trumpet’: their free, pdf book 'The Microtonal Trumpet' is available through the Microtonal Projects website.
read the liner notes here: microtonalprojects.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/rasp-cd-programme-notes-bios-copy-2.pdf