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Relâche and Me


I’m delighted to announce that the fabulous Philadelphia based chamber ensemble Relâche will be premiering a new piece of mine during thier 07-08 concert season.  The piece is called “Waiting in the Tall Grass,” and it features totalistic 6 against 5 against 4 rhythms, aperiodic tiling, some rock-out drum kit work, and a face only a mother could love.  It’ll be played on November 30th at a location to be determined and on December 1st at the International House in Philly, and will share the billing with new pieces by Duncan Nielson and others.

But wait, there’s more!  The rest of the season looks pretty good too–seminal downtowners John Cage, Earle Brown, and Christian Wolff (including premiere by the latter) will be featured on September 22nd and 23rd; December 17th will see the annual performance of Phil Kline’s classic “Unsilent Night;” more good stuff in January and February, and then the season ends May 23rd and 24th with Kyle Gann’s “The Planets.”  (It will presumably be a no Holst barred performance.)


Comment from David Toub
Time: September 6, 2007, 7:41 am

Congratulations, Galen! Perhaps we can get together in Philadelphia…

Comment from Jerry Bowles
Time: September 6, 2007, 9:24 am

Congratulations, Galen! They are a fabulous group of musicians.

Comment from Darren Nelsen
Time: September 6, 2007, 9:32 am

Any chance we’ll hear the piece online? :)

Comment from Galen H. Brown
Time: September 6, 2007, 11:09 am

Thanks guys, and yeah, David, I’ll let you know what my travel plans are (I have to get out there for a rehearsal at some point too) and maybe we can get together.

The Relache contract generously permits me to use the recording of the piece for any non-commercial purpose, so I’ll definitely be posting it on the web and shamelessly promoting it here. I’ve heard horror stories of composers working with other groups and not even getting recordings for private use and having to bootleg their own concerts, so I was very happy to find that Relache has such a composer-friendly policy.

Comment from jeff harrington
Time: September 6, 2007, 4:51 pm

Wow that’s very cool. Did you write the piece for them?

Comment from Galen H. Brown
Time: September 6, 2007, 5:33 pm


Comment from lawrencedillon
Time: September 6, 2007, 5:48 pm

Congrats, Galen. Looks like fun.

Comment from Anthony Cornicello
Time: September 7, 2007, 3:37 pm

Way to go Galen!!