The Wayward

PARTCH Ensemble
Past event


Grammy Award-winning PARTCH Ensemble presents Harry Partch’s complete masterwork The Wayward, [Barstow, San Francisco, The Letter, U.S. Highball, Ulysses]: “A collection of musical compositions based on the spoken and written words of hobos and other characters—the result of my wanderings in the Western part of the United States from 1935 to 1941.”

Opening with the rousing Cloud Chamber Music, the program also includes the premiere of a new work by microtonal maven Kyle Gann.


Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, The New York Times

about the artists

PARTCH Ensemble

PARTCH Ensemble, the Grammy Award-winning and triple Grammy Award-nominated new music group, specializes in the music and instruments of the iconoclastic American maverick composer Harry Partch, who created some of the most alluring and emotionally powerful music of the 20th century. He composed music for drama, dance-theater, multimedia, vocals and chamber music—all to be performed on the extraordinary orchestra of instruments that he designed and built himself. 

They have performed for the LA County Museum of Art, UCLA’s Partch Centennial Celebration, Sacramento’s Festival of New American Music, Mills College, UNM Albuquerque, the Getty Center, Repertory Dance Theatre of Salt Lake City, Carlsbad Music Festival, Jacaranda Music, Guadalajara International Book Fair, Grand Performances, Brooklyn’s Roulette, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, and the San Francisco Symphony. In 2004, they made their REDCAT debut premiering Harry Partch’s Bitter Music and have returned every year since. Their recent collaboration with Philadelphia’s PRISM Saxophone Quartet includes Lisa Bielawa’s Emmy Award-winning opera for TV/Internet Vireo: The Autobiography of a Witch’s Accuser and the CD of newly commissioned works Color Theory (XAS Records). Sonata Dementia, Volume 3 of their award-winning Bridge Records Music of Harry Partch series, was released in 2019, the same year they premiered the complete The Wayward.

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