The Amsterdam Partch Project


Rose Petal Jam

a colourful program with Partch’s earliest chamber music 

After many years of working together with Bob Gilmore on this repertoire we are ready to present an overview of Harry Partch’s earliest chamber music.

The Hague – May 13 2017 Festival Dag in de Branding, Korzo
Amsterdam – May 15 2017 Splendor
Rotterdam -May 18 De Doelen, Classical Next
Hamburg – June 7 2017 Blurred Edges Festival
s’Graveland – July 21 2017 Wonderfeel Festival
Zutphen –  June 24 2017 Het Bolwerck
Assen – April 8 2018 De Muziekkamer
Tilburg – April 10 2018 De Link

We also offer workshops on conservatoria.

More info soon


Players and instruments
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 introductions

Aart Strootman will build a Diamond Marimba.


New Li Po Songs

Next to performing Partch’s original works in our concert we have added a very special composers’ project. 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, eight ‘new Li Po songs’ will be composed by international composers that feel connected with Partch’s music: Anne LaBerge, Miranda Driessen, Lisa Illean, Anna Mikhailova, Kate Moore, Chris Rainier, Chris Smalt and Samuel Vriezen.


Preparing the New Li Po Songs project. Here -left to right- Alfrun Schmid (voice), Miranda Driessen (composer), Reinier van Houdt (keyboard/Chromelodeon), Lucia Mense (flutes), Anne La Berge (composer), Lucas van Helsdingen (reeds), Harm Mouw (caterer Harm’s Kitchen), Elisabeth Smalt (Adapted Viola).


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 by our own artisan jam maker and visual artist Harm Mouw.

Rose Petal Jam is mogelijk gemaakt met financiële steun van Fonds Podiumkunsten, Fonds 21, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Société Gaviniès, VSB Fonds, Gilles Hondius Foundation, Stichting Fonds voor de Geld- en Effectenhandel.


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