Congratulations to our 40th anniversary composer residency winners Joshua Hey, Mike Stambaugh, and runner-up Erica Ball! We enjoyed listening to everyone’s submissions and we’re all looking forward to working with all of you in the coming months leading up to our Anniversary Weekend!
Each chosen composer will originate a 3-6 minute composition for six players with the following instrumentation: flute/piccolo/alto flute; clarinet in B-flat/alto/tenor sax; oboe/English horn; bassoon; percussion (consultation required for the two selected composers); and keyboard. The composers will provide a score and parts for the new work-in-progress for two working sessions with the six Relâche musicians on approximately April 1 and May 1, allowing for revisions after each session. Then on June 23 Relâche and the two composers will present the finished work (or work-in-progress) as part of a public panel event, initiating the Relâche 40th Anniversary Weekend, June 23-24, 2018. The panel will include Relâche personalities past and present and members of the Philadelphia new music community, providing the composers a feedback opportunity.
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Relâche is a new music ensemble that for over thirty-eight 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, Gavin Bryars, Mark Hagerty, 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.