The Amsterdam Partch Project
by Scordatura Ensemble

Rose Petal Jam Tour May 13, 2017 until July 1, 2018

NEWS: Our Crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for a Diamond Marimba was a big success! Thanks to your generous gifts we will be able to build a Diamond Marimba. 

The Amsterdam Partch Project begins in 2001 with the concert tour The Truth of Tune, organised by Huib Ramaer and Bob Gilmore (writer of Harry Partch, a biography and until his death in 2015 artistic leader of Trio Scordatura). Having enjoyed the work on Partch all these years in close collaboration with Bob, Scordatura Ensemble is now ready to present ROSE PETAL JAM, a concert series featuring Harry Partch’s earliest chamber music together with new compositions influenced by Partch.


Den Haag  – May 13   Festival Dag in de Branding – Korzo 15.00
Amsterdam – May 15   Splendor –  20.00 pre-concert talk 19.00
Rotterdam – May 18  Seriously Festival /Classical NEXT – De Doelen 13.00
Hamburg DE – June 7  Blurred Edges Festival für Aktuelle Musik, Christianskirche. Students presentation 19.00, concert +- 19.30
Zutphen –  June 24   Dat Bolwerck Kunstcentrum 20.15
s’Graveland – July 21   Wonderfeel Festival 17.00
Nijmegen  – Oct 15  Galerie Marzee   16.00
Amsterdam – Oct 22 De Ruimte   15.00
Den Haag – Oct 23  Royal Conservatory, Kees van Baaren Zaal 20.00

Assen – April 8 De Muziekkamer, Podium Zuidhaege – 12.00
Tilburg – April 10  De Link
Den Haag -Final concert with new student compositions. Date and place  to be confirmed. 

Educational Projects-
The Hague- 
Royal Conservatory  a project for and with young composers. On  October 23 2017 we play a Rose Petal Jam concert and meet the students . We will work with the young composers in the months after. In April 2018 we present a final concert, including  New Li Po Songs by the student composers,  in The Hague. We ‘ll keep you posted!

Amsterdam UVA 19 October 2017 Partch Workshop  for Musicology Students in collaboration with Maarten Beirens

Groningen Prins Klaus Conservatory– Partch workshop, date to be confirmed

Parallel to the Rose Petal Jam Tour our guitarist Chris Rainier plays solo Partch concerts:
09.06.17 – In Situ Art Society , BONN, GERMANY
08.06.17 – ON: Neue Musik Köln, COLOGNE, GERMANY
11.10.17 – La Générale, PARIS, FRANCE

Chris Rainier voice Adapted Guitars I and II
Reinier van Houdt Chromelodeon/keyboard Bass Marimba
Lucas van Helsdingen, Tin hobo, reeds, Indian drum, clarinet
Lucia Mense Double flageolet, Tin flutes, recorders
Samuel Vriezen Kithara I, Flexatone, Mazda Marimba
Alfrun Schmid voice, Harmonic Canon, harp
Elisabeth Smalt viola, Adapted Viola, Diamond Marimba

Huib Ramaer introduction about Partch -on demand

Partch instruments for Rose Petal Jam:
Adapted Viola
 -viola from anonymus builder purchased at Palm Guitars, adapted by R. de Jongh in 2002 for Elisabeth Smalt and the Partch tour The Truth of Tune. With support of Harry Partch Foundation. More info here.
Kithara I -2011, built by William Lindhout for Scordatura, with support by Société Gavigniès, premièred in 2016 in City University, London (BobFest).
Adapted Guitar I – existing guitar adapted by James Mumford in 2013 for Chris Rainier.
Adapted Guitar II* – existing guitar adapted by James Mumford in 2017 for Chris Rainier.
Tin Oboe* – Our version (the original instrument is unknown), for the piece Yankee Doodle, is made by Lucas van Helsdingen in 2017
Mazda Marimba* – built by Harm Mouw, Chris Smalt, Charles van Gelder, Elisabeth Smalt, Alfrun Schmid, Lucas van Helsdingen in 2017
Diamond Marimba* – by Aart Strootman, with thanks to all the backers of Kickstarter and private donations. Still in the making!
Harmonic Canon* – still in the building process, by David Lavis

*=made for Rose Petal Jam  tour 1017-2018

We are using also a sound replica of the Chromelodeon on keyboard and a sampled bass marimba. (both prepared and programmed by Christian Smalt).

New Li Po Songs

Next to performing Partch’s original works we have a very special composer’s project called New Li Po Songs. With his Seventeen Lyrics by Li Po for Adapted Viola and Intoning Voice, written in the early 1930’s, Harry Partch developed his own unique voice. These compositions bear the seeds of his complete oeuvre. In our project ‘New Li Po songs’ are presented by eight composers from different backgrounds that feel connected with the Partch legacy: Anne LaBerge, Miranda Driessen, Lisa Illean, Anna Mikhailova, Kate Moore, Chris Rainier, Chris Smalt and Samuel Vriezen.

Have a look at a preview of the New Li Po Songs.

rehearsing New Li Po Songs at Studio Scordatura

Extra Jam After the concert we offer a meet-and-greet with our Partch instruments and with the players. In addition we will bring a supply of biological rose petal jam (following Partch’s own recipe), made and presented by Harm Mouw of  Harm’s Kitchen!

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Rose Petal Jam is mogelijk gemaakt door de steun van  Fonds Podiumkunsten, Fonds 21, Prins Bernhard Cultuur Fonds- Fonds voor Hedendaagse Muziek, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Société Gaviniès, VSB Fonds, Gilles Hondius Foundation, Stichting Fonds voor de Geld- en Effectenhandel,  Kattendijke/Drucker Stichting

Daarnaast willen wij de privédonateurs die ons steunden via Kickstarter of andere kanalen van harte bedanken.


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Amsterdam-based ensemble performing music using new tuning systems and microtonality