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PRISM Quartet and Partch: Color Theory

  • Kimmel Center / Philadelphia, PA 300 S. Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19102 (map)

PRISM and the Grammy-winning ensemble Partch (in its East Coast debut) premiere new works by Ken Ueno and Stratis Minankakis for saxophones and Harry Partch instruments. “Of all the triumphantly weird characters who have roamed the frontiers of American art, none ever went quite as far out as the composer Harry Partch,” notes New Yorker critic Alex Ross. Finding no instruments capable of producing the sounds he imagined, Partch invented his own. The instruments use microtones, dividing the octave into 43 tones.
Also on the program: “Castor & Pollux” by Harry Partch, “Xas” by Iannis Xenakis, and Radical Alignment from “15 Places At The Same Time” by Steve Lehman.