LSD Ride

PARTCH Ensemble
Past event


PARTCH Ensemble—the Grammy Award-winning  ensemble specializing in the music and instruments of the iconoclastic American Maverick composer Harry Partch—returns to REDCAT for their twentieth anniversary with an evening of alluring and powerful music performed on the extraordinary orchestra of instruments Partch designed and built himself. This year’s program includes Partch’s Three Dances, Progressions/Abstractions & Delusions, and Five Intrusions, as well as the world premiere of Jeffrey Holmes’ Reið (Raidō) [Ride, Journey] and a staged concert version of new scenes from Anne LeBaron’s latest opera, LSD - Huxley’s Last Trip.


The program includes an instrument “petting zoo”: audiences are encouraged to interact with the instruments on stage after the show.


Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times

This performance is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

This performance is supported by the LA County Department of Arts and Culture as part of Creative Recovery LA, an initiative funded by the American Rescue Plan.

about the artists

PARTCH Ensemble

PARTCH Ensemble, the Grammy Award-winning and triple Grammy-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, the San Francisco Symphony, and South Korea’s Tongyeong International Music Festival. 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 Witches 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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