“Comix Trips Meets Buster” At Relâche New Music Ensemble Concert Sunday, February 9, 3:00 PM

Innovative Program is Second in 3-Concert “Relâche Classics and Silent Comedies” Series at the Penn Museum

PHILADELPHIA, PA­—Relâche, Philadelphia’s internationally-renowned new music ensemble, continues its “Classics and Silent Comedies” series on Sunday, February 9 at 3:00 p.m. with "Comix Trips Meets Buster" at the Penn Museum, 3260 South Street on the University of Pennsylvania campus. The three-concert series, featuring both commissioned music and live accompaniment to old silent films, is part of the University of Pennsylvania’s Year of Sound. Performances are held in the Museum’s newly renovated Widener Hall.

Relâche concert tickets are just $15 ($10 for Museum members), in advance or at the door, while supplies last.  A ticket may be used to enter and explore the Museum’s international galleries after 2:00 pm on the day of the concert. February 9 tickets may be purchased online.

Comix Trips performance celebrating the CD release by Meyer Media, plus Live Accompaniment to a Buster Keaton Silent Classic

For the February 9 performance, the octet of winds, strings, keyboard, and percussion performs the title track from its new CD, "Comix Trips." Loaded with quirky charm, humor, and virtuosity, Paul Lansky's score makes the eight players in Relâche sound truly orchestral.

Buster Keaton's blockbuster comedy, "The General,” is Relâche’s silent film offering. The title is actually the name of a steam engine which Keaton engineers as no steam train has ever been engineered before or since. The film's two chase scenes are spectacular. Relâche cranks up its live accompaniment for the film with music drawn from its repertoire, including selections by Philip Glass, Guy Klusevcek, Raymond Scott, Eric Satie, Fred Ho, and Tyler Capp, plus Relâche's own versions of period tunes like Ashokan Farewell and Battle Hymn of the Republic. 

Following the performance, the audience is cordially invited to an informal reception to meet the musicians of Relâche. The newly-released “Comix Trips” CD will be available for purchase and signing.

“Relâche Classics and Silent Comedies” is supported in part by generous individual donors and Penn alumni, Eileen Baird; Pauline A. Candaux and Solomon H. Katz, Ph.D., GR67, HOM72; Lily Ferry and Peter C. Ferry, C79; Pamela Freyd, Ph.D., GED68, GR81, and Peter Freyd, Ph.D., HOM64, PAR; Betty and James M. Matarese.

The Relâche series at the Penn Museum concludes on June 1 with Alfred Hitchcock's 1927 silent film, The Lodger, featuring music by Joby Talbot, arranged by Darin Kelly for the Relâche Ensemble, and live introduction to the film.

About Relâche

Relâche is a new music ensemble that for over thirty 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, and Lois V Vierk. Relâche has released seven CD's to date, from Relâche on Edge (1991), to The Planets (2010).

Contact Relâche via emailing Chuck Holdeman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling (215) 574-8248

About the Penn Museum

The Penn Museum (the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 300 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world. With an active exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, the Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind's collective heritage.

The Penn Museum is located at 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (on Penn's campus, across from Franklin Field). Public transportation to the Museum is available via SEPTA's Regional Rail Line at University City Station; the Market-Frankford Subway Line at 34th Street Station; trolley routes 11, 13, 34, and 36; and bus routes 21, 30, 40, and 42. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, with extended hours the first Wednesday of each month (to 8:00 pm). Closed Mondays and holidays. Admission donation is $15 for adults; $13 for senior citizens (65 and above); free for U.S. Military; $10 for children and full-time students with ID; free to Members, PennCard holders, and children 5 and younger. Hot and cold meals and light refreshments are offered to visitors with or without Museum admission in The Pepper Mill Café; the Museum Shop and Pyramid Shop for Children offer a wide selection of gifts, books, games, clothing and jewelry. The Penn Museum can be found on the web at www.penn.museum. For general information call 215.898.4000.

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Image captions (top to bottom): Penn Museum hosts the Relâche New Music Ensemble’s “Comix Trips Meets Buster” performance on Sunday, February 9 at 3:00 pm to celebrate the CD release by Meyer Media. The acclaimed ensemble cranks up its live accompaniment to silent films for its “Classics and Silent Comedies” series at the museum. (Image: Jan Sorensen). The Relâche New Music Ensemble performs the second installment of its afternoon “Classics and Silent Comedies” series at the Penn Museum on Sunday, February 9 at 3:00 pm. Their presentation of “Comix Trips Meets Buster” incorporates Buster Keaton’s silent comedy, “The General.” (Photo: Christine Hanning).



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