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 is launching a new project called Double Entendre On the Town, sponsored by the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Please join us in 2017 at Le Cheile, An Beal Bocht, Grand Central Terminal and The High Line. Enjoy a drink and some NYC trivia! Learn more by visiting our events page.
In 2015, Double Entendre was featured on WQXR’s Classical Commute Series. Listen to Michael Shobe interview members of the Ensemble.
The Ensemble’s American Music Project featured new commissions from Martin Bresnick and John Steinmetz. The project culminated with Double Take: American Reed, released by Albany Records in 2014. David Schwartz of the American Record Guide wrote, “If not for the variety, then for the music, but definitely for the sake of the artistry on this album, I recommend that all reed players add this to their collection.”
Going Home (Vysoke, My Jerusalem), commissioned by Double Entendre with support from Meet the Composer and composed by Martin Bresnick in 2010, appears on his CD Prayers Remain Forever. The quartet for oboe, violin, viola and cello appears regularly on the WQXR playlist, most recently in October, 2016.
Double Entendre Old and New, the Ensemble’s previous multi-year project, explored double reed music from the 17th century through the present day. Old and New 2016 featured oboe and bassoon quartets by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Francois Devienne, Benjamin Britten, Bernard Garfield and Anna Dagmar, as well as demonstrations of the Baroque oboe and the dulcian.
Our programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. They are also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, by the Music Performance Trust Fund, and by private foundations.
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 email@example.com or call 212.740.2909.