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Founded in 2005, NYC-based Double Entendre Music Ensemble is a collective of like-minded musicians devoted to adventurous exploration of the double reed repertoire. Noted for its first-rate musicianship and creativity, the Ensemble illuminates classics, revives neglected music, and commissions new works for these soulful instruments.
The Ensemble's American Music Project featured new commissions from Martin Bresnick and John Steinmetz. It was released by Albany Records as Double Take: American Reed in 2014. About this recording, composer Steinmetz wrote, "I just got my copy of Double Take, and I am thrilled with your recording of Songs and Dances. Thank you so much for this; it's a real gift to the piece to have such a wonderful performance right out of the gate."
Double Entendre Old and New, the Ensemble's current multi-year project, explores double reed music from the 17th century through the present day. This year, the signature piece is Aenigmata Harmonia: Canon XV in diatessara supra a 6. Composed by Timothy Edwards in the 21st century, it was inspired by the style and technical treatment exhibited in Johann Sebastian Bach's masterful puzzle canons.
Old and New features two glorious pieces well-suited to the Ensemble's size and caliber: John Corigliano's How Like Pellucid Statues, Daddy (1994), scored for four bassoons, and Margaret Griebling-Haigh's Sinfonia (2006), presented with six oboes and two English horns.
Double Entendre Music Ensemble has attracted support from the New York State Council on the Arts and Meet the Composer as well as private foundations. Double Entendre Music Ensemble performs in New York City and the greater New York area.
From concert halls to beer halls, in churches and bookstores, schools and parks, Double Entendre reaches a diverse audience wherever engaged listeners are found.
We are a 501(c)(3) organization. For a copy of our latest annual report, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212.740.2909.
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