This eight person ensemble is a leader in commissioning, presenting and performing the innovative and exciting music of our time.
“Uniquely stimulating, thought-provoking and, ultimately, beautiful” (Philadelphia City Paper), Relâche has an international reputation for commissioning and performing innovative and exciting contemporary music. The octet—woodwind quartet plus viola, keyboards, percussion and bass—plays with “dedication, high spirits and near-telepathic sense of teamwork” (The New York Times). Created in 1977 as a composer-performer collective in Philadelphia, Relâche offers world-class performances of contemporary American and international composers, including works by John Cage and Philip Glass. The classically trained players are also proficient in folk, jazz, rock, and popular music, making Relâche one of the most stylistically flexible groups performing today. The ensemble has released seven CDs and has performed over 200 commissioned works. This performance is jointly sponsored by the Williamsburg Regional Library’s Dewey DecibelSeries, the Reves Center for International Studies, the Charles Center, and the W&M Film Festival Free admission.