Phillip Arnautoff + Christopher Roberts

Composer and instrument builder Phillip Arnautoff studied informally with Harry Partch in the 1960’s. His creative work is based on an expansion of Partch’s intonational system, but wedded to a very different and equally singular aesthetic. Tonight he performs Soliloquy, written for a Harmonic Canon (plucked zither) of 66 strings tuned in just intonation. Christopher Roberts presents his recent original compositions for the guqin, an ancient Chinese plucked zither with seven silk strings.