about the artists
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.