Celebrated avant-garde trumpeter/composer Peter Evans and three members of his band join up with the Relâche New Music Ensemble, in residence at the Penn Museum, for Not So Quiet City, on Sunday, January 14 at 2:00 pm.
Evans, the recipient of this year’s Dina Wind Commission, is renowned for his eclectic palette, collaborative spirit and virtuosic playing. Improvisation and experimentation will permeate the concert’s program. In addition to some of Evans’ own improvisational compositions, the program includes Pauline Oliveros’ The Well, Chuck Holdeman’s Mural Music, a 2014 collaboration with Philadelphia Mural Arts, and a Relâche version of Aaron Copland’s Quiet City.
Not So Quiet City is presented in the Widener Hall of the Penn Museum, 3260 South Street in Philadelphia. Tickets are $20 general admission; $15 for seniors; $10 for Penn Museum members; and $5 for students with ID, with an accompanying student free. Tickets may be purchased online in advance through the Penn Museum, or at the door subject to availability. Tickets may be used to enter and explore the Museum galleries any time after 1:00 pm on the day of the concert.
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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.