Away by Anne La Berge

from The Yasser Collection by Stephen Altoft

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Away was commissioned in 2008 by Stephen Altoft and is a bit of a nostagic work for me in that it is directly related to the years I spent at UCSD with flutist John Fonville working out a performance practice for microtonal tuning systems for the flute. The Max/MSP patch plays somewhat brass-like synthesized tones created on the Clavia Nord Modular in a controlled random environment. The performer is given free reign to improvise as he chooses within the 19-tone tempered tuning. This also includes the duration of the work. Away was composed during a period when I was confronted by more than one experiences of separation, including the death of two colleagues and emigration of someone very close to me. (Anne la Berge)


from The Yasser Collection, released May 28, 2019


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Stephen Altoft is dedicated to the creation of new repertoire for the trumpet. As a solo artist, and with percussionist Lee Ferguson as duo Contour, he has given concerts throughout Asia, Europe, the United States and Canada.

He is particularly working on microtonal trumpets and microtonal flugelhorn, with Donald Bousted, as Microtonal Projects.
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