Instrument Discussions: Marimba Eroica

PARTCH Ensemble Artistic Director John Schneider discusses the Marimba Eroica with T.J. Troy, highlighting two distinct versions of the instrument designed by American Maverick composer Harry Partch, followed by an in-depth discussion of the construction, tuning, and performance issues surrounding PARTCH Ensemble’s own instrument, based off of Partch’s second design.

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

Instrument Discussions: Spoils of War

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PARTCH Ensemble Artistic Director John Schneider discusses the Spoils of War with T.J. Troy, detailing the evolution and application of the most complex and seemingly disparate instruments invented by American Maverick composer Harry Partch.

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Making Music: T.J. Troy

T.J. Troy discusses his composition “Five-Corner Square” for the Partch Mallet Trio, including Bass Marimba, Boo, and Diamond Marimba. Together with Artistic Director John Schneider, T.J. discusses the idiosyncratic behaviors and melodic tendencies that informed his part writing for each individual instrument, as well as the broader rhythmic and harmonic schemes employed across the entire work.

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Making Music: Alex Wand

Alex Wand discusses his composition “Darkness within darkness” for Partch’s Adapted Guitar I, Gourd Tree, Cello, and two Vocalists. Together with Artistic Director John Schneider, they discuss the inspiration behind the work, the sourcing of libretto from Lao Tsu’s “Tao Te Ching,” and the unique manner Alex combines elements of contemporary music, folk music, and Partch’s exquisite intonation to create an ethereal, otherworldly venture into what Alex calls “the darkness that is the eternal Tao.”

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

Making Music: John Schneider

John Schneider discusses his composition “Listening to Lu Tzu” for Partch’s Adapted Guitar II. Together with Ensemble President T.J. Troy, John discusses the history and inspiration behind the work, the enhanced techniques applied to create this ethereal mood, and general notions about composing for Harry Partch’s Adapted Guitar II.

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

Instrument Discussions: Cloud Chamber Bowls

PARTCH Ensemble Artistic Director John Schneider discusses the Cloud Chamber Bowls with T.J. Troy, resident Bass Marimbist, detailing the history, construction, and musical capability of the Bowls, one of the instruments invented by American Maverick composer Harry Partch.

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

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Dark Brother

Music by Harry Partch (1901-1974)
Final two paragraph’s of Thomas Wolfe’s “God’s Lonely Man.”

Performers:
Alison Bjorkedal – Kithara I
Vicki Ray – Chromolodeon
Derek Stein – Adapted Viola
T.J. Troy – Bass Marimba and Voice
Video captured and edited by Video Angel Productions
Audio recorded by Chris Votek

Presented by Jacaranda Music Series, First Presbyterian Church, Santa Monica, CA, November 9, 2019.