Relâche returns to the Penn Museum on Saturday February 27, 2016
at 3 PM for
“The Turkish Connection”
The next Relâche concert will be Saturday, February 27, 2016, 3 PM at the Penn Museum, University of Pennsylvania. The museum’s new King Midas show will be up and requires an extra ticket. As a special to Relâche audience members, $20 gets you into the museum, the Midas exhibit, and the Relâche concert.
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The museum celebrates its discovery 50 years ago of the tomb of King Midas in Turkey (or was that skeleton his father?) Relâche will present its “Turkish Connection” program, including two works by Turkish-American composer Kamran Ince, “Turquoise,” and the piece Relache commissioned from him, “Strange Stone.” Both include material inspired by Turkish traditional music amid Ince’s distinctive blend of the frenetic and the spiritual. Relache also presents Raymond Scott’s ever effervescent “Twilight in Turkey,” Cypriot-American composer Sophia Serghi’s “Pleiades” and Erling Wold’s “Close.” The ensemble will also improvise on the traditional Turkish tune Katibim.
The Relâche octet commissioned Kamran Ince’s Strange Stone in 2004; the composer also orchestrated his 1996 Turquoise for the ensemble. Imbued with the sound of Turkish music, Ince’s compositions operate at extreme high intensity, alternating with equally intense spiritual calm.
Sophia Serghi’s Pleiades is a suite of musically colorful portraits of six sisters of Greek mythology whose names were given to the stars of the Pleiades cluster in the constellation Taurus. The composer discovers a wide range of musical proclivities among the sisters, from the mesmerizing to the pedantic, with a “funky tango,” too.
Erling Wold is a San Francisco post-minimalist composer. His Close features five Relâche musicians, flutist Michele Kelly, clarinetist Bob Butryn, percussionist Chris Hanning, bassist Douglas Mapp, and keyboardist Ron Stabinsky in a quirky yet beautiful context.
Twilight in Turkey was arranged for Relâche by Darin Kelly and is featured on the recent Relâche CD Comix Trips.
Two more concerts this season, both at 3 PM, will be on Sunday April 10, featuring baritone Tom Buckner and the music of Christian Wolff and Robert Ashley, and Sunday June 12 featuring live accompaniment to short silent films, including by Méliès, also silent cartoons, plus “Entr’acte” with music by Eric Satie.
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Relâche is a new music ensemble that for over thirty-five years has maintained an international reputation as a leader in commissioning and performing the innovative music of our time. Relâche has a unique sound—flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, viola, piano, bass and percussion, and performs works that are neither classical, nor popular, but somewhere in between—a melding of Western classical traditions with jazz, rock, electronica, world music, and more.
Among the oldest continuously operating, non-profit organizations and chamber ensembles dedicated to contemporary music in the United States, Relâche has consistently offered world-class performances and presentations of music by leading American and international composers and artists. To date, Relâche has performed more than 600 concerts in the Greater Philadelphia area, around the country and the globe, including residency, festival and touring appearances in South America, Japan, and Eastern and Western Europe. The Ensemble boasts a touring-ready repertoire of over 50 pieces and a repertory library of over 400 works. Relâche commissions include works by Robert Ashley, Kitty Brazelton, John Cage, Uri Caine, Fred Frith, Kyle Gann, Philip Glass, Fred Ho, Michael Nyman, Pauline Oliveros, Bobby Previte, George Russell, Somei Satoh, and Lois V Vierk. Relâche has released seven CD’s to date, from Relâche on Edge (1991), to Comix Trips (2014).
Contact Relâche via emailing Chuck Holdeman, firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (215) 574-8248.