Harry Partch: Plectra and Recussion Dances


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This three-part work, which Harry Partch called a “satyr play," is eccentric even by the standards of the maverick Californian. Performed for the first time since 1953

John Schneider directs the ensemble in Harry Partch's complete score of Plectra and Percussion Dances: Satyr-Play Music for Dance Theater. Performing with the composer's custom-designed microtonal instruments. It begins with Zeus impregnating Leda the swan, moves on to something Partch referred to as a demented sonata and winds up with Rimbaud.

Weird and wonderful sonorities, truly unlike anything else on Earth or any neighboring celestial body.
L.A. Weekly

Outfitted with a fantastic array of Harry Partch's custom-built microtonal instruments, the ensemble directed by John Schneider performs the composer's complete score of Plectra and Percussion Dances: Satyr-Play Music for Dance Theater -- played live for the first time since the work's premiere was broadcast on radio in 1953.

The hourlong triptych comprises “Castor and Pollux -- A Dance for the Twin Rhythms of Gemini," “Ring Around the Moon -- A Dance Fantasm for Here and Now," and “Even Wild Horses -- A Dance for an Absent Drama," with the final segment featuring African and Latin American polyrhythms and settings of Rimbaud's A Season in Hell, sung in French with supertitles.
The performance also includes Partch's own introduction to the piece, as heard on Pacifica radio in 1953.

Performace at the Redcat Theater. Although it is housed in the same complex as Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (or REDCAT) has its own unique mandate: to provide a Los Angeles home for new, cutting-edge performance and art -- a laboratory where artists can push boundaries, experiment with forms, and blend disciplines, cultures and ideas.

REDCAT at Walt Disney Concert Hall
631 W. 2nd St., Los Angeles
Fri.-Sat., 8:30 p.m.
$25-$20 students-$15 Cal Arts students & alumni
(213) 237-2800

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