Performances Reviews

Microtonal marks 20 years with several premieres

Joe Maneri (4/3/04 at the 40 Watt Club in Athe...
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A recent Boston Microtonal Society performance is reviewed.

The equal-tempered 12-note scale is near-universal in Western music; but within that qualifying “near,” the Boston Microtonal Society finds an expansive playground. Founded 20 years ago by composer and avant-garde jazz saxophonist Joseph Maneri, the BMS and its resident ensemble, NotaRiotous, threw a long, varied anniversary party on Sunday: 12 pieces, six premieres, countless divisions of the octave.

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