Tuesdays @ Monk Space presents

PartchSongs

January 8, 2019

8:00 pm

PartchSongs is an intimate evening of vocal music by one of American music’s most fascinating mavericks. From the very beginning, Harry Partch was convinced that musical instruments should be designed to mimic the human voice—with all of its glides and expressive articulation—rather than the other way around. To that end, he created his own scale of at least 43 notes per octave and an orchestra of instruments to perform them.

The Grammy winning ensemble PARTCH will perform the composer’s settings of ancient Chinese poetry [Li Po], Lewis Carroll [Alice in Wonderland], Thomas Wolfe, as well as hobo letters and hitchhiker graffiti, all accompanied on Adapted Viola, Adapted Guitars, Chromelodeon, Kithara, Bass & Diamond Marimbas, and Spoils of War. AND – as a Monk Space exclusive, there will be a demonstration of the instruments before the show, so plan to get there early! (Yes, there will be an instrument petting zoo afterwards….But remember: don’t feed the animals!) -John Schneider