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True

by Johnny Reinhard

True is the first album by Johnny Reinhard in higher harmonics tuning, a scale of 128 notes outlined by the 8th octave of the overtone series, but here for bassoon and strings - and a multitude of other musical sources - in an improvisatory style.
Genre: Avant Garde: Microtonal
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1. Concerto for Fretless Guitar (For Michael Hafftka) [feat. Michael Hafftka]
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2. Trill
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3. Tour De Fours
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4. Vibra
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5. On a Bevy of Strings
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6. Alice in Wonderland (feat. Rob Schwimmer)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This music comes out of a flash of understanding that there was a possibility to use the pitch relationships of the 8th octave of the overtone series built on the note "A" as a complete universe of music semantics. Without a running undertone series, as has been Western Traditions since Babylonia, there is no "dissonance" as we have inherited. Every pitch in "true" or "128 tuning" are designed by nature to fit like positioned peas in a pod. Ed Broms gave me the numbers up even further to the 9th octave. Using his calculations, I manufactured fingerings on my bassoon over one long, hot summer, and put them into a book. Then I set out to compose using a strong improvisational language. After an earlier version of Vibra was premiered in NYC, I coached a group in West Virginia, then there was a lecture on 128 at the Rimsky-Korsakov in St. Petersburg, Russia. A concert of 128 in Monterrey, Mexico was the "highlight" of my bassoon recital, according to the correspondent of "El Norte." April 12-15, 2014 at Spectrum in NYC will feature 128 tuning on the American Festival of Microtonal Music series.

The Concerto for Fretless Guitar was rehearsed over the telephone, individually. To my utter amazement it comes across as "relatively" easy listening. Michael Hafftka was joined by string quartet and a duo of bassoons.

Michael Hafftka, fretless guitar soloist
Richard Carr, violin
Anastasia Solberg, viola
Cush Solberg, cello
Joshua Morris, double bass
Johnny Reinhard and Shelley Monroe Huang, bassoons


Trill is a stimulating concept piece, plucked from a live performance at Spectrum in NYC. Trill is for bassoon viola, two fretless, guitars, and viola.

Johnny Reinhard, bassoon
Richard Carr and Anastasia Solberg, violas
Michael Hafftka, fretless six-string guitar, and Angelos Quetzalcoatl, fretless 11 string guitar


Tour de Fours treats the solo power of strings and bassoons. A four was strictly followed which indicated entrances and departures of instrumentalists. Tour de Fours is for violin, viola, cello, bassoon, and double bass.

Richard Carr, violin
Anastasia Solberg, viola
Cush Solberg, cello
Joshua Morris, double bass
Johnny Reinhard, bassoon


Vibra was my signature piece in 128, with many performances in many combinations. But the Boston performance with electric fretless bassist Bradford Catler stood out. In addition to fretless bass we had viola, flute, 2 clarinets, and bassoon.

Bradford Catler, fretless electric bass
Todd Brunel and Glenn Dickson, Bb clarinets
Richard Carr, violin
Matt Samolis, flute
Johnny Reinhard, bassoon


On a Bevy of Strings is rather self explanatory, and the most free of the pieces on the True album, for bassoon and two violas and two amplified fretless guitars. This was from a live performance by the American festival of Microtonal Music at Spectrum in NYC.

Johnny Reinhard, bassoon
Richard Carr and Anastasia Solberg, violas
Michael Hafftka, fretless six-string guitar, and Angelos Quetzalcoatl, fretless 11 string guitar


Alice in Wonderland is the major work on this album. 13 master musicians come together to bring the story to life using only the music on their instruments, but in pure harmonic tuning. Theremin and double bass are now the Queen of Hearts and the King of Hearts.

Johnny Reinhard/Sara Schoenbeck, Alice, bassoons
Rob Schwimmer, Queen of Hearts, Theremin
Toby Twining, vocals
Skip La Plante, homemade instruments
Anastasia Solberg, viola
Cush Solberg, cello
Todd Brunel, clarinets
Vito Ricci, mandolin
Michael Hafftka, voice, percussion
Joshua Morris, King of Hearts, double bass

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