I Was A Bum Once Myself: The Boxcar Revelations Of Harry Partch - Wonderland Spiegeltent - 17 Nov 2-13

Sunday 17 November at 7pm


co-presented with Melbourne Music Week 2013 

I Was A Bum Once Myself: The Boxcar Revelations Of Harry Partch

Within the spectacular interior of the Wonderland Spiegeltent, Chris Rainier co-presented with Melbourne Music Week 2013 presents an evening of music by the maverick American composer, theorist and instrument-builder Harry Partch [1901-1974]. Influencing the likes of Tom Waits, Frank Zappa and Steve Reich, Partch’s legacy continues to resonate with both artists and audiences.

'I Was A Bum Once Myself' focuses on Partch’s rarely-heard works for voice and adapted guitar. Composed during the early 1940’s, these pieces were inspired by his years as a hobo, riding the rails during the Depression. Hitchhiker’s inscriptions, snatches of inebriated dialogue, and letters from ex-convicts are all brought to life using his unique microtonal scale of 43 notes to the octave. These found and overheard texts paint a dark and desperate personal vision of America laced with humour, profanity and repressed desire.

The concert will include the Australasian premieres of various Partch compositions, all performed on a specially commissioned guitar.

Chris Rainier is a multi-instrumentalist, performer, composer/improviser and visual artist.

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Sunday 17 November at 7pm

Wonderland Spiegeltent, 120 Pearl River Road [under the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel], Harbour Town, Docklands

Getting to the Wonderland Spiegeltent - click here.

Tickets $15
via www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/mmw

Presented as part of Melbourne Music Week’s Self-Made program.
Curated by Sophia Brous and Woody MacDonald.

(forwarded from Chris Rainier)