23 FEB 2017
90 minutes (with intermission)
The musical ensemble Musikfabrik brings to life the extraordinary work of composer, theorist, and performer Harry Partch; a concert made possible through the use of replicas of Partch’s custom-made musical instruments.
Full price: 7 - 10 - 15 €
Reduced, Friend & Small groups (5-9 people): 6 - 8 - 12 €
Large groups (10+ people): 5 - 7 - 11 €
People with disabilities & Unemployed: 5 € | Companions: 10 €
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Φωτογραφία © Jonas Werner-Hohensee
Composer, theorist, and performer Harry Partch (1901-1974) was one of the most unique personalities of the twentieth century. A strong and most influential supporter of microtonal music, Partch went against the Western music canon, putting forth a new and integrated approach to music composition. Specifically, taking as his starting point speech nuances and integrated ritual theatre, he supported corporeal music: the performer actively takes part in the work by singing, dancing, talking, and playing musical instruments. Partch also devised a new system of tuning with scales consisting of 43 uneven intervals, and created custom-made instruments for his music compositions.
Partch’s use of custom-made instruments made live performances of his work difficult. In 2012, Thomas Meixner created a set of replicas of Partch’s complete instrument collection for his musical ensemble Musikfabrik, thus making possible the performance of his works.
Musikfabrik focuses on artistic innovation. Their performances frequently include new or unknown works, often through commissions. These are performed with unusual means of expression. In dialogue with other kinds of art, their performances significantly expand the notion of the concert.
Marco Blaauw, Helen Bledsoe, Christine Chapman, Johannes Fischer, Florentin Ginot, Benjamin Kobler, Ulrich Löffler, Melvyn Poore, Axel Porath, Carl Rosman, Dirk Rothbrust, Peter Veale, Hannah Weirich, Dirk Wietheger
Instruments building: Thomas Meixner
Sound Design: Paul Jeukendrup
The project is supported by Kunststiftung NRW in the context of the Campus Musikfabrik
Two Psalms: The Lord is My Shepherd (1931) – By the Rivers of Babylon (1941)
Eleven Intrusions (1949–50)
Ring around the Moon – A Dance Fantasm for Here and Now (1949–52)
Even wild Horses – Dance Music for an absent Drama (1949–52)
Thursday 23 February
After performance talk with the musicians (will be held in english)
Chaired by Christos Carras, General Director and Artistic Director of Music at the OCC