The Dreamer that Remains

The Dreamer that Remains

The music and instruments of Harry Partch



@8EAST 8 EAST Pender Street

A three-night program featuring the music and instruments of visionary American composer Harry Partch. During his life (1901-1974) he was known for his work in the tuning system of just intonation, and his decision to invent new instruments to perform in this tuning. These large, sculptural inventions are as iconic as the music Partch composed for them.


Featured Guests (Seattle)

Charles Corey guitar and voice Bonnie Whiting percussion and voice



Evening 1 Talk, Instrument Demonstrations and Films at 8EAST

Evening 2 Improvised Concert - NSE and guests at the Orpheum Annex

Evening 3 Performances of Harry Partch Compositions at the Orpheum Annex

Entry by Donation $0/$10/$20 at the door


Evening 1 Instrument Demonstrations and Films

Windsong (1958) 17:38

The Dreamer that Remains: A Portrait of Harry Partch (1973) 27:00

The evening will begin with an introduction and discussion of Harry Partch, his music and instruments, followed by a demonstration of the instruments. At 11 pm, we will screen two landmark films from Partch's work, the first as a starting point in his work for film, and the second as both documentary and new work.


Evening 2 Improvised Concert - NSE and guests

An improvised music concert with 8EAST musician partners.

NSE (NOW Society Ensemble)  Joshua Zubot • violin  JP Carter • trumpet
Lisa Cay Miller • piano   James Meger • bass   with Katie Rife • percussion


Evening 3 Performances of Harry Partch Compositions

performed by Bonnie Whiting • percussion and voice  and Charles Corey • guitar and voice

This program will include many of Partch's small works playable by two performers, showcasing a range of compositional styles and instrumental possibilities, as well as works inspired by Partch.

from Eleven Intrusions:
     Study on Olympos' Pentatonic
     Study on Archytas' Enharmonic
     The Rose
     The Crane
     The Waterfall
     The Wind
     The Street
Two Settings by Lewis Carroll:
     The Mock Turtle Song
     O Frabjous Day!


We gratefully acknowledge that 8EAST is located on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm Skwxwú7mesh and səlil̓wətaʔɬ Nations in the heart of Historic Chinatown.


8EAST (8 East Pender street) is a social space partnership between NOW Society and UNIT/PITT. The organizations are committed to making 8EAST a welcoming and more accessible space. We do not tolerate discrimination based on age, gender, neuro a-typicality, disability, place of origin, cultural background, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation. We recognize that access is an ongoing and evolving discussion, and acknowledge that this statement may be insufficient. Please do not hesitate to contact us with suggestions.

The 34 inch wide main entrance to 8EAST has a threshold of approximately 0.5 inches high. There is no door automation. There are no ramps or stairs to navigate. Internal floors are smooth concrete. Provided seating, wooden stackable chairs without armrests, is easily movable to create equitable seating location accommodations. Translation and language interpretation is available at some events.

8EAST has a wheelchair accessible, non-gendered toilet on site with a door width of 35 inches. Additional toilets are located in the adjacent hallway. They are not wheelchair accessible. Water is provided at events. If you are attending an event with food and have specific allergies, please contact Service animals are welcome.


8EAST is located within 50 meters of buses 004, 007, 019, 022, 209, and N19 on Pender Street. Stops for buses 003, 008, 014, 016, 020, N8, N20, and N35 are located within 250 metres on Hastings Street. Stadium–Chinatown SkyTrain Station is approximately 400 metres away.

General metered street parking is available on surrounding streets. A passenger drop-off zone without a curb is located within 50 metres at 531 Carrall Street. For Accessible Parking locations consult: A bike rack is located at the SW intersection at Pender Street and Carrall Street.


8EAST and the Orpheum Annex

Pender and Carrall Streets

823 Seymour St