Sonic Cézanne: an Improvisatory Exploration of 21 Masterpieces
Friday, August 1, 2014 from 6-7 PM and again from 7:30-8:30 PM
The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia (“the new Barnes”)
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130
In conjunction with The World is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne, Relâche, Philadelphia’s Ensemble for New Music and Peter Price present Sonic Cezanne: an Improvisatory Exploration of 21 Masterpieces. Relâche’s octet of woodwinds, strings, keyboard, and percussion is joined by electronic artist Peter Price. Together they will create a sound palette full of color, depth, and texture to interpret the 21 images that comprise the Cézanne exhibition. Relâche has been commissioning and performing new music in Philadelphia for 35 years. Peter Price creates sonic environments, often in collaboration with dance, at his own venue <fidget> in Kensington and around the world.
Relâche is a new music ensemble that for over thirty 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.