On Thursday December 17 the Dutch premiere of Lamento, one of the parts of the new song cycle Isabella, composed by Kate Moore and based on poems and songs by the Italian renaissance poet Isabella di Morra (1520-1545), will take place in the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ. Lamento was specially written for the Scordatura Ensemble, that will perform on replicas of instruments designed and built by the American composer Harry Partch.
This Dutch premiere of Lamento is also the prelude to the Scordatura Ensemble’s Tonality Flux tour, which will conclude the extensive Amsterdam Partch Project, launched in 2002, in 2022.
Harry Partch – Barstow ‘Eight Hitchhikers’ Inscriptions, from a Highway Railing at Barstow, California (1941-1943)
Kate Moore – Lamento (2020, Dutch premiere)
Harry Partch – Yankee Doodle Fantasy ‘On the Words of an Early American Tune’ (1944)
Tonality Flux | Scordatura Ensemble
Thursday, December 17, 5.00 and 8.00 pm
Our kickstarter campaign was a big succes and we will have a bass marimba very very soon!!
Tonality Flux!!! 2020-2022
Dear all – we have started our Tonality Flux concert tour. Download our flyer with more info below!
London tour – Colourscape and Trinity Laban September 2019
A psychedelic experience – visit us in the balloon labyrinth in Clapham Common! 21 September
Or come to to our workshop-concert at Trinity Laban Blackheath Halls. 20 September
Le nouveau Chromelodeon est arrivé! (July 2019)
Our newest ‘baby’ is a Chromelodeon I, adapted by Louis Huivenaar. The Harmonium we needed had lived for years silently in our Partch studio and appeared to be perfectly able to transform into a beautiful microtonal instrument. Many new possibilities for Partch repertoire!!! With many thanks to Christian Smalt who commissioned it. (Welcome Party on August 16, everybody welcome – contact us for details!)
‘The amplified cactus’ Joyce Festival, Oosterkerk Amsterdam, October 2018
ROSE PETAL JAM in CAFE OTO, LONDON
The Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for a Diamond Marimba was successful, thank you all for your generous gifts!
ROSE PETAL JAM- the Amsterdam Partch project
MORE INFO HERE
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Scordatura on BBC radio 3
September 3 2016. The radio show about new music HEAR AND NOW with Rob Worby broadcasts pieces of our London concert in May 2016, and an interview with Elisabeth.
August 24 2016. Squeezed in between Bach and Brahms, we are delighted that our Enclosures, on Peter Adriaansz’s new CD, got 5 stars in the national daily newspaper ‘Volkskrant’!
and by the way…
we had a great review in the concertzender blog!
Hoogtepunt van de avond was de sublieme uitvoering van ‘Enclosures’ door Scordatura… read more
CD launch of Enclosures
June 15 2016. We (finally) launched Enclosures, our favourite piece, by Peter Adriaansz, recorded in 2008.
Adapted Viola has a sister
(Or is it a boy? Discuss.)
March 1 and 2 2016. Kithara I has been premièred in London by the dauntless, stout-hearted Samuel Vriezen and the good news is: it works! with many thanks to Fondation Gavigniès!
“Two days of Music and Talks around the work of Bob Gilmore”
1st & 2nd March 2016. Scordatura played four concerts at the festival ‘The World according to Bob‘ in London: with works of Partch, Vivier, Mâche, Sabat, and the Vicentino project.
Nov 29, 2015, 15.00
Vicentino in Muziekgebouw
Our project ‘Vicentino a second life‘ is part of Microfest Amsterdam in the Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ.
May 31 2015. Our concert LIJNENSPEL in the wonderful Van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven, together with Samuel Vriezen on keyboard and Lucas van Helsdingen on bass clarinet. click here
In LIJNENSPEL (which means something like ‘a play of lines’) long sounds in a variety of shapes, waves and forms pass by like clouds at the horizon. Together they create a landscape of pure harmonies. A unique listening experience! Tenney, Sabat and Vriezen’s compositions use each in their own way ‘pure tuning’ as their tonal system. In contrast, Henneman’s solo viola piece moves from a wild and crazy rhythmic outburst of dissonants into a song of ten poetry lines, arriving to rest in a slow melody of flageolets.
James Tenney, Harmonium #1
Marc Sabat, Jean-Philippe Rameau
Ig Henneman, Ten Lines -Solo Song for viola with improvisation (world première, on the poem Soil for Legs by Nanao Sakaki)
Samuel Vriezen, Vincent, Homesick for the Land of Pictures (which is also the title of a poem by Peter Gizzi)
June 6 2015. Splendor Amsterdam opens their house for an evening in memory of Bob: a mega program full of tributes, newly written compositions for Bob, arrangements by Bob, films with Bob, we perform Anne La Berge’s composition Lumps that was written for Scordatura in 2011.
februari 21 2015.We just performed our first concert as a duo in Cork University. Including a moving performance of Alvin Lucier’s ‘I Remember’ together with our Irish friends, in memory of Bob. Making music is the best we can do right now.
January 2015. Our keyboard player and artistic leader Bob Gilmore has passed away on January 2nd at the age of 53. Since we started Trio Scordatura in 2006 Bob has given us an overdose of inspiration and we will use this to continue exploring the fascinating world of tuning. Trio Scordatura will go further under the name Scordatura Ensemble, it’s a name change that Bob wanted to realise, because we enjoyed playing projects with guest players. We will continue exploring new music with an emphasis on tuning, with Bob for ever in our hearts and souls.
Read here a tribute for Bob written by his friend, the composer Donnacha Dennehy.
October 10 2014
Vicentino in Ghent, Belgium
So last week Trio Scordatura successfully launched our new project Nicola Vicentino: a second life at the Orpheus Institute in Ghent, as part of their Research Festival 2014. Two of the four new pieces are now online: Christopher Fox’s new piece on our SoundCloud page here; and Lucia D’Errico’s piece here.
On Friday October 31 (Hallowe’en), Trio Scordatura made its debut in Amsterdam’s cool new concert venue Splendor, at the invitation of Michiel Weidner. Four new works specially written for us by Amsterdam-based composers, together with an arrangement of one older piece written for our host Michiel Weidner. Samuel Vriezen’s setting of Peter Gizzi’s poem about Vincent van Gogh paired with the world premiere of a multimedia work combining sound, colour and word by Aliona Yurtsevich. The programme opened with two responses – by Anne La Berge and Yannis Kyriakides – to the sixteenth century microtonal madrigals of Nicola Vicentino, and closed with Guy De Bièvre’s deconstruction of old pop songs in The Many Gypsies in Me, in which Trio Scordatura was joined by Michiel on cymbalom.
Dublin concert on Vimeo
September 20 2014. Extracts from our performance of Scott Mc Laughlin’s at least two things in Dublin last June, together with a fragment of an interview with Scott by Ian Wilson, is up on Vimeo courtesy of the good people at Dublin’s Contemporary Music Centre: http://vimeo.com/99261258
Brazil 84 DVD is out!
September 17 2014. The new Phill Niblock DVD, Brazil 84, is finally out on Mode Records! It has our studio recordings of two of his notated ensemble works, Tow by Tom (for two “orchestras”, with our friends Nelly Boyd from Hamburg) and Three Orchids (with our friend Guy de Bièvre on dobro). A beautiful film in stunning colours, and superb sound mix by Johan Vandermaelen. Will soon be available to purchase, for that perfect Christmas present!
September 12 2014. Our performance of Samuel Vriezen’s Vincent, Homesick for the Land of Pictures back in June has now been put online by Poetry International Rotterdam, where we premiered it. Check it out – http://www.poetryinternationalweb.net/pi/site/poem/item/24668/poem_eng_audio. It begins with a few seconds of tuning, by the way – the piece begins when the voice enters! We’ll play it again (Sam) on October 31 in Splendor, Amsterdam – come and hear it!
Scordatura on Mode Records
August 24 2014. Our recordings of Phill Niblock’s Three Orchids and (with our Hamburg friends Nelly Boyd) Tow by Tom are finally coming out on a DVD from Mode Records, featuring Niblock’s film Brazil ’84. HOORAY! No confirmed release date yet, but SOON, so watch this space!
Two new pieces
March 24 2014. This past week we have begun rehearsals for two major new pieces, both kindly commissioned for us by the Fonds Podiumkunsten in Holland: one by Samuel Vriezen, the other by Aliona Yurtsevich.
Despite their differences, both pieces are strongly rooted in the poetry that inspired them. Samuel’s piece sets a long poem by the American poet Peter Gizzi, about Vincent van Gogh; and Aliona’s uses a sequence of twelve of her own poems, each taking a different colour to symbolise a range of moods, images and emotions. Samuel’s piece will hopefully be premiered in June, Aliona’s in early autumn; details will follow. Samuel kindly explained the form of his score (on the ground) to us. Elisabeth removed her boots as an aid to comprehension.