Those with an interest in meeting progressive people that have led interesting lives will enjoy meeting us. Both of us have had a long run in the musical arts, most notably with Relâche and the Relâche Ensemble in Philadelphia. Relâche(website hidden) remains one of the foremost organizations dedicated to the creation and performance of new and experimental music, with an emphasis on American music and composers. Excuse me while I change to third person:
Joseph Franklin founded this organization. While serving as executive and artistic director, the ensemble performed worldwide, recorded extensively and commissioned over 200 musical works. He left Relâche after 23 years to take several other positions directing performing arts facilities and chamber music presenting organizations. Trained as a composer and percussionist, Franklin is now dedicating his creative time to writing and consulting on projects that are of interest to him. (There are many.) His book, “SETTLING SCORES: A Life in the Margins of American Music,” an account of his life in New Music over the final quarter of the 20th century was published by Sunstone Press in October, 2006. He is currently working on a book about the fictional life of the late pianist Bill Evans.
Laurel Wyckoff is a flutist and administrator. After studies in London and Philadelphia, she became the long-time flutist with the Relâche Ensemble as well as performing with orchestras and ensembles throughout the Philadelphia area. She is also an experienced arts administrator having held executive positions in music education and government agencies, including a three-year stint as the Secretary for Cultural Affairs and Historic Preservation for the State of Louisiana. She currently serves as Outreach and Education Manager for New Mexico PBS.
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