The Scratch Orchestra
Zuiderstrandtheater, Scheveningen 2014
The Scratch Orchestra was an experimental musical ensemble founded in 1969 by Cornelius Cardew, Michael Parsons and Howard Skempton. In that time anyone could join, graphic scores were used (rather than traditional sheet music), and there was an emphasis on improvisation. Despite the emphasis on free improvisation, the varying experience of the members, and the ‘do your own thing’ free aesthetic of the time, the Scratch Orchestra was a disciplined ensemble. Eventually tensions between musically-trained and non-musically-trained members, and an increasing interest in political aesthetics led to a gradual change in the activities, and then the outlook of the ensemble in 1974. LOOS will present a remake of the Scratch Orchestra with participating artists such as Johan van Kreij, Marie Guilleray, Gert-Jan Prins, Kacper Ziemianin, Peter van Bergen and Dario Giustarini.