The Amsterdam Partch Project
by Scordatura Ensemble

Tour starts May 13th 2017


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. It will be finished this summer. We’ll keep you posted!

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.


The Hague – May 13   Festival Dag in de Branding – Korzo 15.00
Amsterdam – May 15   Splendor – première 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
Zutphen –  June 24   Dat Bolwerck Kunstcentrum
s’Graveland – July 21   Wonderfeel Festival
Nijmegen  – Oct 15  Galerie Marzee   16.00
Amsterdam Oct 22 De Ruimte

Assen – April 8 De Muziekkamer, Podium Zuidhaege – 12.00
Tilburg – April 10  De Link 

Royal Conservatory in The Hague: a project for and with young composers. November 2017 until April 2018, final concert in Nutshuis or Korzo. More info soon!

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

Partch instruments for Rose Petal Jam:
Adapted Viola
(2002, viola from Palm Guitars, adapted by R. de Jongh, with support by Harry Partch Foundation. more info here)
Kithara I (built by William Lindhout, 2011 with support by Société Gavigniès)
Adapted Guitar I (adapted by James Mumford in 2013)
Adapted Guitar II (adapted by James Mumford in 2017) *
Diamond Marimba (by Aart Strootman) with support of  Kickstarter private donations*
Tin Hobo (by Lucas van Helsdingen) *
Mazda Marimba (built by our team) *
Harmonic Canon (by Pim Piët)*

*=during our project 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 made by eight composers from different backgrounds that feel connected with Partch’s music: Anne LaBerge, Miranda Driessen, Lisa Illean, Anna Mikhailova, Kate Moore, Chris Rainier, Chris Smalt and Samuel Vriezen. Most of them are ready now!

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 realized with the financial support of: 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

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