Upcoming events:

23 January 2022, 11h00
Huygens’ Cosmotheoros
Concert, with Ere Lievonen (Fokker organ) and mystery guest!

Melle Weijters, brilliant (jazz) guitarist and artistic coordinator of the Huygens-Fokker Foundation, has been dreaming for years of a theatrical concert around the imaginary world of Christiaan Huygens. Melle Weijters, the man of the Meantone Blues, has already garnered much admiration for his microtonal guitars. Now he offers this dream show that leads from the 31-tone system to the science fiction of David Bowie’s Space Oddity. The perfect soundtrack to the world of Huygens.

The legacy of Christiaan Huygens, son of the poet Constantijn, was not only limited to the 31-tone system. Undoubtedly inspired by the harmony of the spheres of the ancient Greeks, he wrote Cosmotheoros in which there was room for life on other planets and where music according to the 31-tone tuning would be the sound of the universe. This idea is reflected in works by Huygens and imaginative minds such as Charles Mingus and Gustav Holst, while Melle Weijters explains Huygens’ musical ideas in his own work.


12 June 2022, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM (EST) Livestream
Lecture/performance on the 31-tone tuning for Johnny Reinhard’s Microtonal University.
Together with tuning specialist Siemen Terpstra!


Past events:


24 October 2021, 3:00-5:00 (EST) – Livestream
Michael Vick Moderates the MU MICROTONAL ELECTRIC GUITAR FESTIVAL
Panelists include: Brendan Byrnes, Dave Fiuczynski, Jon Catler, David Dornig, Neil Haverstick, Al Giusto, Melle Weijters, Michael Hafftka & Stephen James Taylor.

More info on Microtonal University by Johnny Reinhard, see here!


18 July 2021, 15:00 – Concert
The leaves that hung but never grew’
Christian Klinkenberg’s Kl-Ex Ensemble 
Bohlen-Pierce guitar
Troisdorf (Germany)

With Franck Hammerlé and Christian Klinkenberg

31 October 2020, 19h00 – livestream
Under the title Lost in Harmonic Space, Todd Harrop will present his music for his promotion at the Hochshule fur Musik und Theater in Hamburg. I will premier his piece Sunshine and Shade on 41-tone guitar. Unfortunately, due to travel restrictions my participation will be remote.

https://youtu.be/U8bnbALpW3M?t=1040


1 December 2019, MicroFest Amsterdam
Ensemble SCALA: the Night of the Microtone
composition ‘i m p r o s p e c t r u m’

“It is an honor to introduce the last piece of this concert, of this festival. It’s a collective improvisation in Just Intonation based on the addition chords of Adriaan Fokker. For the mathematicians and numberphiles – and I know you are here – it is in 433-limit Just Intonation. And that is a significant number. 4’33 is the name of the bar downstairs and I hope to see you all there after the concert!”


Fall 2019, tour New York 
Opera: the Glacier
Christian Klinkenberg’s Kl-Ex Ensemble
41-tone guitar

New York crew the Glacier

Fall 2019, tour Belgium 
Opera: the Glacier
Christian Klinkenberg’s Kl-Ex Ensemble
41-tone guitar

With my former teacher Joep van Leeuwen

11 May 2019, 14h50 – 15h20
Dutch Fretless Guitar Festival Amsterdam: Fretless guitar improvisation
in duo with Piergiorgio Pirro on harmonic keyboard
Q-Factory Amsterdam


3-4 May 2019
Jazz and Blues harmony in Meantone tuning and 31-tone equal temperament
Lecture-/performance
Festival Mikrotöne Basel, organised by ignm (Internationale Gesellschaft für Neue Musik) and Studio 31+
more info


3 March 2019, 11h00
Ensemble SCALA: Microfobia 
premiere ‘i m p r o s p e c t r u m’
composition
Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam


27 February 2019
‘Jazz and Blues harmony in Meantone tuning and 31-tone equal temperament’ 
13h30 – 14h30 Workshop
assisted by Piergiorgio Pirro (keyboards)  
19h00 – 21h00 Concert 
together with Piergiorgio Pirro
together with Philipp Gerschlauer (saxophone)
more info


16 October 2018
Presentation concert for doctoral thesis by Henri Bok: Mix Ann
Fokker organ (MIDI-guitar controlled) & bass clarinet
Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam


27 April 2018
The leaves that hung but never grew’
Christian Klinkenberg’s Kl-Ex Ensemble 
Bohlen-Pierce guitar
Synergie Festival, Eupen (B)


13 May 2018
Laboratonium 3: No Strings Attached (revised version)
MIDI-guitar controlled Fokker organ
Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam