A Life in the Margins of American Music
By Joseph Franklin
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Settling Scores: A Life in the Margins of American Music details one life lived in the margins of Americas musical consciousness. From a working-class background in gritty North Philadelphia to the sanctity of European concert stages, from imagined dangers lurking along the waterfronts in mysterious Asian cities to the real dangers lurking in the narrow minds of those who uphold the status quo in American music, this book reveals the life of one who embraced change, and, in the process, gained political leverage and intellectual freedom. It is the story of Joseph Franklin and a legion of collaborators, and it is a snapshot view of a slice of Americas musical landscape in the final quarter of the 20th century, including a history of Relāche and The Relāche Ensemble.
Born in Philadelphia, JOSEPH FRANKLIN is a graduate of the Philadelphia Musical Academy and Temple Universitys Graduate School of Music. He has composed works for mixed instrumental/vocal ensembles, film, video, theater and dance. In 1977 he co-founded The Relāche Ensemble, which evolved into Relāche, Inc. a presenting and producing organization in support of the Relāche Ensemble. He served as founding executive and artistic director of Relāche until 1998. Independently, and as Director of Relāche, he has been a producer of concerts, festivals, recordings, radio programs, residency programs, international tours and other related music events, including the NEW MUSIC AMERICA 1987 Festival, NEW MUSIC AT ANNENBERG at The University of Pennsylvania and MUSIC IN MOTION, a nationwide audience development project. He formerly served as Artistic Director for Helena Presents--The Myrna Loy Center, a performing arts and film center located in Helena, Montana. He has published criticism and book reviews in the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia City Paper. While living in Louisiana he developed and taught courses in arts administration and an overview of 20th century music at the University of New Orleans while serving as an independent consultant to arts organizations. He currently serves as executive director for Chamber Music Albuquerque, a presenting organization dedicated to presenting world-class chamber music ensembles in concert.
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