NEW SEASON! 2014-2015


This season Relâche returns to the Penn Museum for three concerts, collaborates with “If You Could Hear These Walls…” sponsored by Philadelphia Mural Arts and American Composers Forum- Philadelphia Chapter on October 11, and makes three visits to Carlisle, PA for a residency at Dickinson College. We hope that you will join us!

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On Saturday October 11, 2014 we will perform outdoors in front of artist Shira Walinsky’s mural “Southeast by Southeast,” 3 PM, 1927 South 7th Street in south Philadelphia, just north of Snyder Avenue. Relâche composer and bassoonist Chuck Holdeman has written new music for this occasion as have four other regional composers (writing for their own ensembles.) Chuck will play bassoon for his piece, joined by two other Relâche musicians, flutist Michele Kelly and clarinetist Bob Butryn. This diverse neighborhood includes refugees from Nepal and Burma, providing the subject of Walinsky’s mural. Relâche hopes to find a refugee percussionist to join in the performance. This is a rain or shine event, and will be preceded by a 1 PM neighborhood walking tour, commencing at the mural.

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At the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Museum Relâche will perform on three Sundays at 3 PM, November 16, 2014, and January 25 and May 3, 2015. As last season we will feature silent film with live accompaniment, plus our repertoire of commissioned music. Our theme this year is mystery, beginning on November 16 with the innovative and surreal work of American film-maker/writer/photographer Maya Deren (1917-1961.) Chuck Holdeman composed music for her silent short “At Land” and Kyle Gann’s “Venus” music will accompany Deren’s “The Very Eye of Night.” Relâche commissions “Panache” by Joseph Koykkar and “Voyeuristic Absurdities” by Leslie Burrs will complete the program.

The January program will feature silent film based on mummies, both the mysterious and the comic, and the May program will feature the 1912 French silent “Mystery of the Rocks of Kador,” with music we commissioned from Regis Huby (also French!)

Relâche will be at Dickinson College November 21-23, featuring joint performances with student musicians and dancers. In February we will check on the progress of student composers writing music for Relâche, which we will then record in April. Our residency culmination concert will be Saturday evening, April 18, 2015.

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About Relâche

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, or calling (215) 574-8248.