Philadelphia’s new music ensemble Relâche, celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2018, invites two Philadelphia-region composers for a residency with the ensemble this spring!
A stipend of $500 will be paid to each of two composers by the residency’s co-sponsor, American Composers Forum, Philadelphia Chapter. Applications will be due by midnight February 26, 2018, and all materials are to be submitted via email, or by providing webpage links. Local applicants who may not be members of American Composers Forum, Philadelphia Chapter will be expected to join and become members if awarded a residency. The applications will be judged by the artistic leadership of Relâche in conjunction with ACF. Women, minorities, and young composers are especially encouraged to apply. This opportunity does not include high school or college undergraduates, but those in grad school may apply.
The names of the two composers selected will be announced on March 2, 2018.
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.
Applicants for two resident composer positions are requested to submit the following by midnight February 26, 2018:
-Name and contact info.
-Resumé and/or complete professional bio.
-Two work samples comprised of two scores with recordings of same; midi recordings are acceptable if no instrumental recordings are available; if appropriate be sure to indicate what recording or starting point should be auditioned first, along with corresponding measure numbers in the scores.
-A brief description of a new work to be composed for Relâche; the proposal should try to answer the question “What is your idea for a new sonic direction for Relâche after 40 Years?” Relâche will make a selection of the ensemble’s past recordings available to applicants- send us an email to request the link.
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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, email@example.com or calling (215) 574-8248.