Melle Weijters - 41edo Guitar

Melle Weijters (41 edo-guitar)

Melle studied jazz guitar at the Conservatory of Maastricht (NL). He graduated cum laude in 2005 and as a member of Carlo Nardozza’s Quintet, established a serious reputation as a modern jazz player. In pursuit of improvisational freedom, he started experimenting with fretless guitars around this time. This led into a deep interest in various alternative tuning systems which resulted in the development of his own microtonal guitars: a fretless 10-string electric guitar, a 41-tone variant and various 31-tone or meantone guitars. Besides his solo projects, he is part of the Bohlen-Pierce Clarinet Project group led by Georg Hajdu in Germany since 2015 as well as the Kl-Ex Ensemble founded by Christian Klinkenberg in 2018. As of January 2013, he is artistic coordinator and producer at the Huygens-Fokker Foundation’s Centre for Microtonal Music in Amsterdam.

“He [Melle Weijters] plays in a fascinatingly instinctive way, with a skewered take on traditional jazz guitar. For example, comping chords jutted out at weird angles and could morph into noisy funk, solos floated disconnectedly or turned rock-ish, but all this without being too in-your-face or self-conscious about it.” (be.jazz 2006)

“Véritable inventeur de tonalités inattendues, […]” (Dragon Jazz, 2008)

“[…], whose solo playing is quite alien to the jazz tradition.” (R.T.B.F. Jazz, 2006)