!! New Season 2014-2015 !!

This season Relâche returns to the Penn Museum for three concerts, collaborates with “If You Could Hear These Walls…” sponsored by Philadelphia Mural Arts and American Composers Forum- Philadelphia Chapter on October 11, and makes three visits to Carlisle, PA for a residency at Dickinson College. We hope that you will join us!

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On Saturday October 11, 2014 we will perform outdoors in front of artist Shira Walinsky’s mural “Southeast by Southeast,” 3 PM, 1927 South 7th Street in south Philadelphia, just north of Snyder Avenue. Relâche composer and bassoonist Chuck Holdeman has written new music for this occasion as have four other regional composers (writing for their own ensembles.) Chuck will play bassoon for his piece, joined by two other Relâche musicians, flutist Michele Kelly and clarinetist Bob Butryn. This diverse neighborhood includes refugees from Nepal and Burma, providing the subject of Walinsky’s mural. Relâche hopes to find a refugee percussionist to join in the performance. This is a rain or shine event, and will be preceded by a 1 PM neighborhood walking tour, commencing at the mural.

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At the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Museum Relâche will perform on three Sundays at 3 PM, November 16, 2014, and January 25 and May 3, 2015. As last season we will feature silent film with live accompaniment, plus our repertoire of commissioned music. Our theme is year mystery, beginning on November 16 with the innovative and surreal work of American film-maker/writer/photographer Maya Deren (1917-1961.) Chuck Holdeman composed music for her silent short “At Land” and Kyle Gann’s “Venus” music will accompany Deren’s “The Very Eye of Night.” Relâche commissions “Panache” by Joseph Koykkar and “Yoyeuristic Absurdities” by Leslie Burrs will complete the program.

The January program will feature silent film based on mummies, both the mysterious and the comic, and the May program will feature the 1912 French silent “Mystery of the Rocks of Kador,” with music we commissioned from Regis Huby (also French!)

Relâche will be at Dickinson College November 21-23, featuring joint performances with student musicians and dancers. In February we will check on the progress of student composers writing music for Relâche, which we will then record in April. Our residency culmination concert will be Friday evening, April 17, 2015.