The Amsterdam Partch Project

scordutura amsterdam Mei 2017

Rose Petal Jam Tour- May 13 2017 – July 1 2018

ROSE PETAL JAM is a project featuring Harry Partch’s earliest chamber music together with new compositions influenced by Partch. Rose Petal Jam is also a research and education project and part of our ongoing process to develop Partch instruments and repertoire. With every new instrument and  every new work we deepen our knowledge of the Partch heritage and we are able to share more of his beautiful music.  We like to work with contemporary composers, with our New Li Po Songs project as well as our education projects on conservatories and universities, to explore what his music can offer as a source of inspiration to the new generation.


13.05.17 Den Haag Festival Dag in de Branding – Korzo 15.00
15.05.17 Amsterdam Splendor –  20.00 pre-concert talk 19.00
18.05.17 Rotterdam Seriously Festival /Classical NEXT – De Doelen 13.00
07.06.17 Hamburg  Blurred Edges Festival Christianskirche.Students presentation 19.00, concert +- 19.30
24.06.17 Zutphen Dat Bolwerck Kunstcentrum 20.15
21.07.17 s’ Graveland Wonderfeel Festival 17.00
15.10.17 Nijmegen Galerie Marzee   16.00
22.10.17 Amsterdam De Ruimte  15.00
23.10.17 Den Haag Royal Conservatory Kees van Baaren Zaal 20.00
10.03.18 Amsterdam  Amsterdam Marimba Weekend 20.15
08.04.18 Assen De Muziekkamer Podium Zuidhaege – 12.00
10.04.18 Tilburg De Link 20.30
11.04.18  Den Haag Korzo Spring Festival 19.30
27.04.18  Rotterdam  OCW crimmp concert
28.04.18  Rotterdam  OCW crimmp  concert
29.04.18  Rotterdam  OCW crimmp concert
18.06.18 London Café Oto Dalston

Education Project Rose Petal jam 2017/18

19.10.17 University of Amsterdam, Scordatura Studio workshop & concert for Musicology Students in collaboration with  Maarten Beirens
23.10.17 The Hague Royal Conservatory, Kees van Baaren zaal:  Start of the Partch Composers Project in collaboration with the Conservatory. First meeting with the students  – free concert Rose Petal Jam for the composition class of Martijn Padding and Peter Adriaansz, as well as other students. With lecture by Huib Ramaer and Samuel Vriezen –
09-11-2017 Conservatorium Amsterdam Huib Ramaer short lecture about Partch for musicology students of Saskia Tornquist
10.11.17 Scordatura Studio Young composers of The Hague Royal Conservatory and Peter Adriaansz visit the instruments. The composers write their pieces in the coming months
22.11.17 AmsterdaDe Roode Bioscoop demonstration of the Partch tuning for Cor Bakker and friends
08 and 09.03.18 Amsterdam Scordatura Studio: The composers of The Hague come to discuss their pieces
10.03.18 Marimba Weekend Amsterdam Workshop about our newly built Diamond Marimba, at Pustjens Percussion shop, for marimba students, with Aart Strootman, the maker of the Diamond Marimba. With live performance on the instrument.
11.04.18 The Hague Korzo: Spring Festival  final concert with the new pieces of Robert Coleman, Vitali Karagkezidis, Darina Zurkova, Lauge Dideriksen, James Alexandropoulos-McEwan and Orestes Willemen.

Parallel to the Rose Petal Jam Tour our guitarist Chris Rainier presents the following 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

Future Partch concerts after Rose Petal Jam tour:
14 October 2018  Amsterdam Oosterkerk – James Joyce Festival
18/19/20 October 2019  Leuven Belgium  -Transit Festival
Vrije Geluiden Television show – sept/oct/nov

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/with  Chris Rainier.
Adapted Guitar II* – existing guitar adapted by James Mumford in 2017 for/with Chris Rainier.
Adapted Guitar III* – existing guitar adapted by James Mumford in 2017 for/with 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.
Harmonic Canon* – still in the building process, by David Lavis

*=made especially 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 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 wonderful compositions bear the seeds of his total oeuvre, such as the scale and notation. In our project we asked eight composers from different backgrounds to write for us ‘New Li Po songs’: Anne LaBerge, Miranda Driessen, Lisa Illean, Anna MikhailovaChris Rainier, Chris Smalt, Aart Strootman and Samuel Vriezen.

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

rehearsing New Li Po Songs at Studio Scordatura

History The Amsterdam Partch Project begins in 2001 with the concert tour The Truth of Tune, initiated by Huib Ramaer and developed by Bob Gilmore (1961-2015) who was the artistic leader of Trio Scordatura. Having enjoyed the work on Partch all these years in close collaboration with Bob – musicologist and writer of Harry Partch, a biography – Scordatura Ensemble is now ready to present ROSE PETAL JAM.

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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NEWS: Our Crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for a Diamond Marimba was a big success! Thanks to your generous gifts we are able to build a Diamond Marimba. It will be finished and presented on the Amsterdam Marimba Festival in March.


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