Harry Partch (1901–74) was a true original. A brilliant visual and performing artist, composer, and philosopher, he questioned aspects of music that most of us take for granted. In particular, he believed that by uncritically accepting the limited pitches available on the piano as sufficient, Western composers had fallen for a "scam." He devised extraordinary new theoretical frameworks for his music, and also invented and crafted the unique instruments required to play the music he imagined. Lovers of art, science, and iconoclastic thinking are warmly invited to the residency of the Partch Ensemble and the Partch Instrumentarium. All events are free and open to the public.
Tuesday, Feb. 4 6:30-8 p.m.: Open House and Instrument Tour
Wednesday, Feb. 5, noon: Informal Recital and Conversation
Saturday, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m.: The Harry Partch Ensemble in Concert