Scordatura Ensemble - Fragments of a piano

Scordatura Ensemble, Koninklijk Conservatorium

The Scordatura Ensemble explores the distinct sound world of the American composer and microtonal pioneer Harry Partch (1901-1974), well know for his self-built instruments and his innovative theories on tuning. The Ensemble built a number of Partch’s instruments and learned to play them. Composition students of the Royal Conservatorium in The Hague accepted the challenge and took inspiration from it to create six new works.

The second part of the evening is formed by a collaboration between the the Kon Con composition and KABK fine art departments. Supported by Helicopter, they present three pieces in which video scores and two deconstructed pianos are the protagonists.

Scordatura Ensemble

Chris Rainier voice, adapted guitar I, II, III | Reinier van Houdt chromelodeon/keyboard, adapted guitar III, mazda marimba | Lucas van Helsdingen tin oboe, bass clarinet, indian drum | Lucia Mense tin flute, recorders | Samuel Vriezen kithara I | Alfrun Schmid voice, diamond marimba | Elisabeth Smalt voice, adapted viola, diamond marimba

This concert is made with the support of the Performing Arts Fund NL, Fonds 21, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds (Fund for Contemporary Music), Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Société Gaviniès, VSB Fonds, Gilles Hondius Foundation, Stichting Fonds voor de Geld- en Effectenhandel, Kattendijke/Drucker Stichting, Harry Partch Foundation.

Fragments of a Piano

with Hun Hyeon, Hugo Rodriguez, Filip Sternal, Dimitris Roubos, German Medina Calle, Orestes, Thomas van Dun | coaches Channa Boon, Yael Levi, Yannis Kyriakides


19:30-20:20 Scordatura Ensemble

James Alexandropoulos-McEwan - Polluters (2018)
Robert Coleman - I've never felt so alive (2018)
Lauge Dideriksen - Lozenge (2018)
Harry Partch - Verse 17 from And on the seventh day petals fell in Petaluma versions from 1966 and 1964 (arranged by C. Rainier)
Darina Zurková - Black hole of decision-making process (2018)
Vitali Karagkezidis - The text for the song is given below (2018)
Harry Partch - The Letter (version B, 1950)
Harry Partch - Bless this Home (1961) 
Orestes Willemen - Potpourri (2018)
Harry Partch - Yankee Doodle Fantasy (1944)
Harry Partch - Cloud Chamber Music (1949)

20:20-20:40 intermission

20:45-21:15 Fragments of a Piano

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