PARTCH, Harry: Enclosure 8

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Producer: Kaye, Peter

Partch, Harry - Composer
Music Studio: Harry Partch
Tourtelot, Madeline - Television Director
Partch, Harry - Composer
Windsong
Tourtelot, Madeline - Television Director
Partch, Harry - Composer
US Highball: a Musical Account of a Transcontinental Hobo Trip
Tourtelot, Madeline - Television Director
Partch, Harry - Composer
Rotate the Body in All Its Planes
Tourtelot, Madeline - Television Director
Partch, Harry - Composer
The Music of Harry Partch
Steen, Paul - Television Director
Marshall, Paul - Television Director
Kaye, Peter - Producer
Partch, Harry - Composer
Barstow (1968 version)
Partch, Harry - Composer
Castor and Pollux, a Dance for the Twin Rhythms of Gemini

Dancer: Fox, Kate

Year of Production: 2007
Playing Time: 02:27:15
Catalogue Number: INNOVA399
UPC: 726708639990

In 1985 Philip Blackburn climbed the stairs to an attic in Iowa City and started trying to make sense of the boxes piled up there. They contained a composer's life's work: scrapbooks, tapes, photos, letters, scores, and film reels - fragile treasures documenting the twentieth century from a most unusual viewpoint, that of perhaps the world's most original musician: Harry Partch.

The idea was to publish them and reveal Harry to the world on his own terms. Not as the crabby, homeless, self-taught microtonal musical weirdo and instrument maker, but as that most American of all artists, a truly independent thinker. With Enclosure 8, the work of bringing them to public attention reaches its apotheosis.

The Enclosures series (named for the extras Partch wanted to add to his life-long letter to the world) started appearing in 1995 with a VHS video of four films made in collaboration with the Chicago-based filmmaker Madeline Tourtelot. Four CDs, two years and one book later, Enclosure 4 appeared featuring his later films: Delusion of the Fury (his culminating ritual-theater work) and a San Diego Public TV documentary, also on VHS. Now the time has come for these to be issued on DVD, extensively restored, resynched and digitally remastered from the extant original prints. Until books and CDs become as obsolete as VHS, the Enclosures series is complete and, taken together with the Harry Partch Collection on New World Records, Partch's entire work is available for the first time.

Enclosure 8 offers not only a chance to see higher quality versions of previously-available material, but it also includes two performances made after Partch's death in 1974: a 1981 staged production of his hitchhiker piece, Barstow, directed by Danlee Mitchell, and a 2006 choreographed version of Castor & Pollux, performed by John Schneider's Ensemble Partch using replicas of Partch's original set of instruments.

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