Music on the Edge: Relache Contemporary Music Ensemble


April 3, 2010 - 8:00pm

Music on the Edge wraps up its 2009–10 season with Philadelphia's Relâche at The Andy Warhol Museum. MOTE and the Warhol will present the acclaimed new music ensemble along with Pitt's 2010 Franz Lehar Composer in Residence Paul Lansky. The program will feature the Pittsburgh premiere of Lansky's new Relâche-commissioned work Comix Trips. Relâche will also perform Pitt composer Eric Moe's 8 Point Turn, a work the ensemble commissioned and recorded on their CD of the same title. Other works on the program are Kyle Gann's Venus, Guy Klucevsek's Dance from Wing/Prayer, Duncan Neilson's Under the Carnival, and David Mahler's Scenes of Sacred Peace and Pleasure.

For over a quarter century Relâche has maintained an international reputation as a leader in commissioning, presenting and performing the innovative and exciting music of our time. Relâche is among the oldest continuously operating, non-profit organizations and chamber ensembles dedicated to contemporary music in the United States. It has consistently offered world-class performances and presentations of music by leading American and international composers and artists. According to The New York Times “…few contemporary music ensembles play with the dedication, high spirits and near-telepathic sense of teamwork that characterize Relâche” and the Philadelphia Inquirer says the group “presents accomplished, genre-bending music that is all-but-guaranteed to give you more than you can handle…”

Paul Lansky is widely recognized as one of the founding fathers of computer music. In addition to a group of seminal compositions, he has also created software for computer music composition. Lansky's work, which often involves speech as a sound source, became known to a broader audience when Radiohead sampled a portion of Lansky's Mild und Leise for their song Idioteque. Recently, Lansky has been writing solely for acoustic instruments; this shift of direction was the subject of a recent New York Times feature. His residency at Pitt will include meetings with graduate student composers and a free, public lecture taking place at the Music Building (4337 Fifth Avenue) at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 2.

Tickets in advance though ProArts: general admission $8.50, students and seniors $5. Visit or call 412-394-3353. Tickets at the door: general admission $15, students and seniors, $10.

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