Strange Interlude

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“Pardon me while I have a strange interlude…”
-Groucho Marx, Animal Crackers

Currently based in the Los Angeles area, Strange Interlude was  founded by harpist Lily Press and cellist Simon Linn-Gerstein who have  been performing as a harp and cello duo since 2007. As both a duo and  larger ensemble Press and Linn-Gerstein design intimate salon-style concerts with programs that are carefully curated to include seldom-performed works, pieces by contemporary composers and transcriptions and arrangements for their unique instrumentation.

Strange Interlude’s performances combine their love of chamber music  with their passion for crafting non-traditional concert experiences that  incorporate story-telling to bring the audience further inside the  works they play and the technical, artistic and personal process of  making a piece of music come alive.

Strange Interlude has performed as part of the Advent Library Chamber Series, the Nave Music Series, the Salem Arts Festival, the Candlelight Concert Series, and at ArtShare LA, Monk Space, the Los Angeles Public Library, Spectrum NYC, The Norton Simon Museum and The Chapel Performance Space in Seattle, WA. The ensemble has also created music for performances by Monkeyhouse, a Boston-based dance company, and for the Dance Department at Endicott College. They have collaborated  with numerous composers to premiere new works for harp and cello, including Daniel Lemer’s “Lone Tree Music,” Mike Frengel’s “On Thin  Ice,” and Kaley Lane Eaton’s “subtle energy.”


“…in the fingers of harpist Lily Press and cellist Simon Linn-Gerstein,
the notes fit together as cozily as a dance by Astaire and Rogers.”
-Constance Gorfinkel, Hingham Journal

Click here to learn more about Strange Interlude’s Upcoming Performances

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Strange Interlude and DieDieMaoMao present…

Vive la fantaisie / Ceci n’est pas une fantaisie
(Long live the fantasy / This is not a fantasy)

Wonder where we got our name? Check out this Marx Brother’s clip:

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