On Sunday, June 12 at 3 PM at the Penn Museum
3260 South Street in Philadelphia
Really Old French Silent Films with Relâche Music Live
-an afternoon filled with comedy and surrealism-
The Relâche new music ensemble’s final concert of the ’15-’16 season
Special for Students! $5 with ID, plus bring a second student along for free!
Regular admission is $15, or $10 for Penn Museum members
at the door or use this link to purchase in advance
Enter at 2PM to visit the galleries before the concert
(The Midas show requires an additional $5 admission)
The program includes director René Clair’s film Entr’acte with music by Eric Satie, arranged for Relâche by Darin Kelly, and a selection of films by the man shown above, French film pioneer Georges Méliès (who was himself the subject of Martin Scorcese’s 2011 film Hugo). The Méliès films, made in the late 19th and very early 20th century, include A Trip to the Moon, Voyage Across the Impossible, The Mermaid, and Melomania, and are part of composer Phillip Johnston’s Méliès Project which he initiated in 1997, arranging some of the music for Relâche several years later. Johnston is also a jazz saxophonist, known especially for his work in The Microscopic Septet.
The hyper-surreal film Entr’acte was part of the original 1922 production called Relâche which Jean Börlin choreographed and Francis Picabia directed. The work exemplified the avant-garde movement called Dada, which became one of the inspirations for the founding of the Relâche Ensemble in 1978.
To round out the ensemble’s season finale, the octet will perform one of its most popular and infectious commissions, Octeto Milandro by Mexican composer Arturo Marquez.
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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, email@example.com or calling (215) 574-8248.