Here’s Relâche performing at the Penn Museum in October (thank you guest bassist Nancy Meriam!) We were accompanying one of those great silent films by the French master of illusion Georges Méliès. David Patrick Stearns of the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote “With its tradition of accompanying path-breaking silent films, Relâche’s usual manner of exploring gray areas between experimental and vernacular art was quite at home…It was particularly fascinating to those who wonder what was really rattling around inside people’s heads in the ages past.”
Next concert: February 5 at the Penn Museum (advance tickets here), 3260 South St. Philadelphia 19104- at 3 PM featuring the premiere performance of Chris McGlumpy’s score to the recently discovered complete version of the Max Linder silent comedy “Be My Wife” (1921) plus two Relâche gem commissions, Gavin Bryars’ “Creamer Etudes” and Mark Hagerty’s “High Octane.”
Then on June 18, the annual Dina Wind Commission Concert will feature the premiere of Heath Allen’s “Bearded Ballerina” (composition underway!) featuring vocalist John Jarboe of the Bearded Ladies Cabaret.
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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, 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.