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Scordatura Ensemble

Hazenstraat 16
1016 SP Amsterdam

Scordatura Ensemble grew initially from a project to perform works by Harry Partch, making copies of this unique instruments.

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  • Artist
    • Band/Small Ensemble
    • Solo Artist

participating in

  • Classical:NEXT 2017

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The ensemble explores music by a range of contemporary composers and sound artists and looks toward new tuning systems as a way of expanding the harmonic vocabulary of music. Their concerts feature 'classics' of microtonal and spectral music together with new commissions. CDs released by Mode Records (New York), Divine Arts/Métier Records (UK), Ergodos (Ireland) and Pogus (New York).

With their new program Rose Petal Jam Scordatura Ensemble presents the early chamber music by the adventurous American pioneer Harry Partch who invented his own instruments and tuning systems in the Californian desert in the early 1930’s. Scordatura Ensemble has copies of Partch’s self-built instruments such as the Kithara, the Adapted Guitars, the Mazda Marimba and the Diamond Marimba. This is a unique chance to see them and to hear Partch’s music!
Furthermore, eight composers have written an answer to Partch’s Li Po Songs. In these delicate miniature songs about love and longing he explored and refined his style and ideas.

Showcase during Classical NEXT on Thursday 18/5 at 13.00 - Lunch with the Residents - Eduard Flipsezaal



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