TONALITY FLUX Scordatura Ensemble at Muziek-gebouw, Amsterdam

Due to the new restrictions  this performance was cancelled.

Tonality Flux is largely dedicated to the work and unique instruments of the American composer Harry Partch (1901-1974), and is the prelude to a tour in the spring of 2021 and the conclusion of the extensive Amsterdam Partch Project (2002- 2022) by the Scordatura Ensemble.

On 17th December work by Partch is on the program as well, but also by the versatile Australian composer Kate Moore (1979). The Scordatura Ensemble will then perform the Dutch premiere Lamento, which was first heard last month during the Transit Festival in Leuven. Lamento  is part of Moore’s new song cycle ‘Isabella’, based on poems and songs by the Italian renaissance poet Isabella di Morra (1520-1545), which will premiere in its entirety in January 2022 (performed by Scordatura Ensemble , Herz Ensemble and Wishful Singing).

Lamento was written especially for the Scordatura Ensemble, which plays replicas of the instruments designed by Harry Partch. The last in this series of instruments, the bass marimba, was recently built by composer / instrument builder Aart Strootman. This spectacular eye-catcher will be the centerpiece of the upcoming tour.

For Tonality Flux, the Scordatura Ensemble consists of Alfrun Schmid and Elisabeth Smalt (both artistic director of the Scordatura Ensemble), supplemented by Lucia Mense, Chris Rainier and Keiko Shichijo.

Tonality Flux will be performed twice on 17th December at 17.00 and 20.00. The concert at 8 p.m. is sold out, but will be streamed live on, Facebook and YouTube.