Franklin Joseph

Joseph Franklin


BSR Contributor Since December 15, 2012

Joseph Franklin is the founding director and former artistic and executive director of Relâche and the Relâche Ensemble.

Joseph Franklin is a graduate of the Philadelphia Musical Academy and Temple University's Graduate School of Music. He has composed works for mixed instrumental/vocal ensembles, film, video, theater and dance. In 1977 he co-founded The Relâche Ensemble, which evolved into Relâche Inc. a presenting and producing organization in support of the Relâche Ensemble. He served as founding executive and artistic director of Relâche until 1998. Independently, and as director of Relâche, he has produced concerts, festivals, recordings, radio programs, residency programs, international tours and other related music events, including the New Music in 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 in Helena, Montana. He has published criticism and book reviews in the <i>Philadelphia Inquirer</i> and <i>Philadelphia City Paper.</i>
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. More recently, he served as executive director for Chamber Music Albuquerque, a presenting organization dedicated to presenting world-class chamber music ensembles in concert.
He was born and raised in Philadelphia and now lives in Corrales, New Mexico.

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Pauline Oliveros, 1932-2016. (Photo by Pieter Kers)

Pauline Oliveros: A remembrance

Learning to listen

Experimental music pioneer Pauline Oliveros died on Thanksgiving morning. Her Relâche Ensemble collaborator and friend Joseph Franklin remembers the woman and her work.
Joseph Franklin

Joseph Franklin

Articles 4 minute read
Fred Ho: One of America's unique artistic voices. (Photo © Michael A. Schwartz)

Fred Ho: Another worker's remembrance

Fred Ho did not win his battle. His huge legacy, however, endures.
Joseph Franklin

Joseph Franklin

Articles 5 minute read
He challenged the corporate symphonic establishment.

Robert Ashley and new music

A founding father of new music (with a sense of humor, too)

Robert Ashley, one of the most underappreciated and misunderstood musical artists of our time, left in his wake a handful of musical artists who helped to transform American music in the mid-20th century. I recall him as a colorful and unpretentious friend as well.
Joseph Franklin

Joseph Franklin

Articles 5 minute read
Man or woman? It was very confusing, back then.

A Mummer memory, circa 1950

High heels, a blue sequined gown, and hair on his chest

When I was a blue-collar kid growing up in Kensington, a contingent of Mummers would parade up Kensington Avenue each year just a few weeks after their New Year’s march up Broad Street. That’s where I got my first look at a cross-dressing man, up very, very close.
Joseph Franklin

Joseph Franklin

Essays 4 minute read
Mom with me in Kensington, circa 1950: A life she couldn't foresee.

Portrait of a survivor

Mom's survival secret: You can't and shouldn't go home again

My mother endured extreme poverty, dysfunctional relationships and traumatic upheavals. Yet wherever life took her for 91 years, she carried a quiet dignity within her own head.
Joseph Franklin

Joseph Franklin

Essays 8 minute read
While Dad constructed his idealized Christmas village, our dog escaped into the gritty urban Chistmas outside our house.

A Kensington Christmas tragedy, 1950

A Christmas tragedy and a lesson in manhood

It was a Christmas like any other in Kensington, until an unexpected tragedy undermined all my father's hard work. But my father's response to it left an indelible impact on my six-year-old mind.
Joseph Franklin

Joseph Franklin

Essays 7 minute read