Both Wonderful and Strange: Playing ‘Twin Peaks’ on Partch Instruments

by Dacia Clay

“I have no idea where this will lead us, but I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange.” – FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper

The Inverted Space Ensemble got its start at the University of Washington and has, effectively, graduated. While at UW, they made a connection with Chuck Corey, Director of the Harry Partch Instrumentarium. Currently in residence at UW, the Instrumentarium is a collection of handmade microtonal instruments created by 20th century composer and iconoclast Harry Partch.

Many of Inverted Space’s members play in the Harry Partch Ensemble. They’re also big fans of Twin Peaks, the iconic TV show filmed in Snoqualmie and North Bend that came out in the 90s and that had a resurgence in 2017 when director David Lynch released a third season of the show called Twin Peaks: The Return.

This Friday, March 29, Inverted Space is bringing the Partchian spirit
—and some Partch instruments—together with their love of Twin Peaks for a concert reinterpreting composer Angelo Badalamenti’s original score. Learn more in our audio interview with Inverted Space violinist and Artistic Director Luke Fitzpatrick.

Audio production by Dacia Clay. Audio engineering by Nikhil Sarma.

Music in this interview:

  • “Twin Peaks Theme” and “Love Theme” composed by Angelo Badalamenti, arranged by Luke Fitzpatrick and Jeff Bowen, and performed by Inverted Space
  • “Freshly Squeezed” by Angelo Badalamenti
  • Additional audio clips from the Twin Peaks TV series

The Inverted Space Ensemble presents Twin Peaks a la Partch this Friday, March 29 at 8pm at the Good Shepherd Chapel. Click here for more information.

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