The tuba trio
*Robin Hayward from Brighton, England, 1969, living in Berlin. He has redefined the tuba’s potential both for noise and microtonality, playing and composing. The microtonal tuba was developed by him in collaboration with the producer B&S. He received dedicated compositions from a.o. Alvin Lucier and Christian Wolff and has toured a lot both as a soloist and in ensembles.
* Martin Taxt (No) has played and released albums with Japanese Tetuzi Akiyama and Toshimaru Nakamura. He’s playing in Music for a While, Muringa and Kim Myhr &Trondheim Jazzorkester. Since 2006 he has also run the festival Fri Resonans in Trondheim.
*Kristoffer Lo (No) is playing with Pelbo, Highasakite, Yodok and Sunswitched, and released his solo tuba recording in January 2013. He’s also the board leader of Trondheim Jazzforum.
microtub rehearse and compose for one microtonal F tuba and two microtonal C tubas – making music never heard before. Then touring.
«The five-day residency allowed the tuba trio Microtub to explore in depth areas that they have been working on since their formation in 2010. As this was the first time in which all three members had the fully microtonal valve system, the specific focus was on microtonality. This involved learning new fingerings, along with practising tuning pure intervals accurately within the ensemble. The Hayward Tuning Vine, a colour-coded sculpture for working in Just Intonation, was used extensively to help visualise the harmonic space, and also as a score for the two compositions which were recorded on the last day of the residency.
These two pieces, provisionally titled Star System and Swirl, were performed on Saturday 27.04.13 at the Trondheim Kunstmuseum. Whilst the pitches in Star System follow a predetermined order, in Swirl the Tuning Vine is used as the basis for a structured improvisation, in which the three players explore harmonic space together according to clearly defined rules.
The music went down well and aroused a great deal of curiosity. Microtub plans to mix the recordings and release them as an LP on the record label Sofa in the autumn of 2013. This will lead to a tour in 2014.
The residency provided the perfect environment for concentrated work, and the timing was also ideal, coming shortly after all three members of Microtub had the fully microtonal tubas available. It has helped the ensemble develop artistically and will enable it to release a second recording, which will be a great help in organising future tours.»