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Broadcast Schedule — Fall 2014/Winter & Spring 2015 

PROGRAM #:   RLT 14-40
RELEASE:    October 1, 2014

The Arvo Pärt Foundation
Mystical Minimalist Arvo Pärt is one of the most significant composers in the 20th and 21st centuries, and in this program we’ll travel across the Baltic to Estonia to visit his musical homeland and talk with the people curating his music.

PROGRAM #:   RLT 14-41
RELEASE:    October 8, 2014

What is Wandelweiser?
Originally a German musical creation, Wandelweiser is a kind of extreme minimalism that is fast becoming popular with composers around the world. We talk with two of its creators, Jürg Frey and Eva-Maria Houben, about the phenomenal growth of this movement.

PROGRAM #:   RLT 14-42
RELEASE:    October 15, 2014

The Art of Spoken Word
It takes fine craftsmanship to achieve a perfect partnership between text and music in which neither element overshadows the other. This week, we’ll listen to a fascinating array of spoken word and music by composers striving to achieve this symmetry.

PROGRAM #:   RLT 14-43
RELEASE:    October 22, 2014

Haunted Landscapes: Music of George Crumb
Legendary composer George Crumb created a unique, haunting sound world that leaves an indelible impression upon anyone who hears it. The master turns 85 in October and we’ll celebrate with an entire show dedicated to his outlandish music.

PROGRAM #:   RLT 14-44
RELEASE:    October 29, 2014

Through the Grapevine
We’re having a ball trying to keep up with our ever-expanding musical collection as composers and performers around the world joyously overwhelm us with their creations. We’re consistently amazed by their level of talent and artistry, and are thrilled this week to share it with our listeners.

PROGRAM #:   RLT 14-45
RELEASE:    November 5, 2014

The Polish Legacy: Part I
We at Relevant Tones had the fantastic opportunity to travel to Wrocław, Poland to attend the storied World Music Days festival, where we met a wealth of Polish composers who are part of the living legacy of this vibrant cultural mecca. Next time on Relevant Tones, we’ll hear the first of a two-part series titled, In the Field: Poland.

PROGRAM #:   RLT 14-46
RELEASE:    November 12, 2014

The Polish Legacy: Part II
We at Relevant Tones had the fantastic opportunity to travel to Wrocław, Poland to attend the storied World Music Days festival, where we met a wealth of Polish composers who are part of the living legacy of this vibrant cultural mecca. Next time on Relevant Tones, we’ll hear the second of a two-part series titled, In the Field: Poland.

PROGRAM #:   RLT 14-47
RELEASE:    November 19, 2014

Payton MacDonald: Super Marimba
Percussionist Payton MacDonald calls Super Marimba the nexus point of all of his artistic activities. Featuring influences from jazz and classical to Hindustani and improvisational music, this is the marimba as you’ve never heard it before.

PROGRAM #:   RLT 14-48
RELEASE:    November 26, 2014

Composer Spotlight: Zhou Long
One of the first composers to graduate from the Beijing Conservatory upon its reopening after the Cultural Revolution and the winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for his opera Madame White Snake, Zhou Long creates thoughtful, spiritually infused music that has resonated with audiences across the globe.

PROGRAM #:   RLT 14-49
RELEASE:    December 3, 2014

In the Field: Mizzou Part I
Fast becoming the go-to summer music festival in the Midwest, the concerts and workshops at the University of Missouri’s International Composers Festival are a sure-fire place to hear imaginative new music from emerging composers.

PROGRAM #:   RLT 14-50
RELEASE:    December 10, 2014

In the Field: Mizzou Part II
More music from the vibrant inferno of creative energy that is the Mizzou International Composers Festival, featuring Alarm Will Sound, exciting works by faculty composers and a bundle of premieres, concerts and workshops.

PROGRAM #:   RLT 14-51
RELEASE:    December 17, 2014

Journey into the Sacred: Modern Oratorios
Large-scale sacred works might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of contemporary music, but a number of important composers are creating expansive works inspired by their concept of a higher power.

PROGRAM #:   RLT 14-52
RELEASE:    December 24, 2014

Composers Among Us: Laura Schwendinger
Our popular series profiling emerging composers continues with Laura Schwendinger, an artist whose strongly personal style of music is filled with kinetic energy and slow-burning intensity.

PROGRAM #:   RLT 15-01
RELEASE:    December 31, 2014

Modern Day Moonlighters
Philip Glass is arguably the most famous plumber, mover and cab driver ever to work in New York. While not every example is that extreme, there are quite a few composers with day jobs – multitalented people that advocate for their fellow composers, write, work in radio or have a Ph.D in neuroscience. Tune in to listen to their works, and to find out what’s up with the elephants.

PROGRAM #:   RLT 15-02
RELEASE:    January 7, 2015

In the Field: Seoul Part I
Relevant Tones goes in the field to this hotbed of contemporary classical music, Seoul South Korea, to attend two major festivals of emerging and established composers. In part I we'll chat with the composers and feature live performances from the concerts to showcase the dynamic music scene there.

PROGRAM #:   RLT 15-03
RELEASE:    January 14, 2015

In the Field: Seoul Part II
The second part in our two-part series from Seoul will feature interviews with funders and organizers who are busily providing opportunities for living composers to flourish, and we'll feature more of the audio recorded from the two major festivals we attended.

PROGRAM #:   RLT 15-04
RELEASE:    January 21, 2015

Going Solo
There is perhaps no more intimate connection in music than when a composer writes a solo piece specifically for a gifted performer, crafting the piece for the player's specific strengths and musical tastes. We'll talk with several performers about solos that have been written for them and feature performances of the pieces recorded live in our Levin studio.

PROGRAM #:   RLT 15-05
RELEASE:    January 28, 2015

Composers Among Us: Robert Kritz
Composer Robert Kritz spent many years working in the corporate world by day and busily composing music into the wee hours of the night. A decision several years ago to show some of his pieces to professional composers was the occasion of great excitement and led to a flurry of public performances and commissions. We'll talk with Kritz about his unusual career path as a composer and feature live performances of several of his pieces by the musicians who support his work.

PROGRAM #:   RLT 15-06
RELEASE:    February 4, 2015

Composer Cosmology
As astrophysicists like Neil deGrasse Tyson learn more about the cosmos and present their often strange and wondrous findings to the public, the creative mind can't help but be captivated and inspired, and composers are certainly no exception. From super strings to quarks, multiple dimensions to M theory, we'll play several imaginative works by composers captivated by our universe.

PROGRAM #:   RLT 15-07
RELEASE:    February 11, 2015

Still Goldberg After All These Years
When harpsichordist Johann Gottlieb Goldberg asked Bach to write pieces for him to play to help a Saxon count get to sleep at night he could hardly have realized that he was playing a key role in creating music that would inspire audiences and musicians for centuries. Not only are the Goldberg Variations among the most frequently performed works today, they also continue to inspire composers to write new variations on the famous themes. We'll feature an incredible array of these this week on Relevant Tones.

PROGRAM #:   RLT 15-08
RELEASE:    February 18, 2015

CD Grab Bag
We're thrilled to receive hundreds of CDs a year from around the country as well as from far-flung corners of the globe. We listen to everything we receive and then feature an eclectic mix of music we think our listeners should hear from established labels to self-producing artists making their very first recording.

PROGRAM #:   RLT 15-09
RELEASE:    February 25, 2015

Visual Aids
We've always been fascinated here at Relevant Tones with how our perceptions of music change when it's paired with visual imagery. With that in mind we're asking several prominent visual artists to suggest imagery to a wide variety of different pieces by living composers. Relax, close your eyes and enjoy the view!

PROGRAM #:   RLT 15-10
RELEASE:    March 4, 2015

We Ask Composers: What's In Your iPod?
We know composers spend a lot of time alone wrestling with their sonic muse but, when they're not composing what are they listening to? What music is currently inspiring them? How does it influence their own music? We'll ask established and emerging composers alike to tell us what's in their Ipod and why and then we'll play each piece in its entirety.

PROGRAM #:   RLT 15-11
RELEASE:    March 11, 2015

Out of Time
Ever since Ezra Pound's famous advice to young artists, "make it new!" there has been a relentless interest in breaking new ground in art and music. But what about composers who are genuinely inspired by older forms like fugues, rondos, capriccios, even rags? We'll feature music by these "composers out of time" this week on Relevant Tones.

PROGRAM #:   RLT 15-12
RELEASE:    March 18, 2015

Composer Spotlight: Ben Johnston
Acclaimed micro-tonal composer Ben Johnston is justifiably famous for his rigorous work ethic, attention to detail and for constructing a sound world entirely his own. One of the few composers using just intonation who is also interested in writing rhythmic music, Johnston is a true original and we're happy to shine the spotlight on this modern master.

PROGRAM #:   RLT 15-13
RELEASE:    March 25, 2015

Drum Kit: Problem Child
It's essentially just a conveniently placed grouping of popular percussion instruments and yet, the drum kit is often cited as the diving line between popular music and classical. We'll examine how composers are using the drum kit today and what impact it's having on genre boundaries.

PROGRAM #:   RLT 15-14
RELEASE:    April 1, 2015

Musical Chiaroscuro
Literally “light-dark,” chiaroscuro in art is the creation of depth through the play of light and shadow. This artistic technique has inspired legions of composers to try and create the same contrasts in music through timbral shadings and instrumental colors.

PROGRAM #:   RLT 15-15
RELEASE:    April 8, 2015

Composer Spotlight: Augusta Read Thomas
One of the leading composers of our time and an ardent promoter of new music throughout the world, Augusta Read Thomas is an artistic force to be reckoned with. Championed by Pierre Boulez in her early years and later named composer-in-residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Thomas rose early to the top of her profession and has remained there ever since.

PROGRAM #:   RLT 15-16
RELEASE:    April 15, 2015

Playing it Wrong
It gives technicians fits, but composers and performers are always experimenting with new “wrong” ways to play their instrument. From Bartok pizzicato to prepared piano, multiphonics to slap tongue, many of these techniques have made it into the standard repertoire. What new extended techniques are being pioneered today?

PROGRAM #:   RLT 15-17
RELEASE:    April 22, 2015

Listening Party
We invite some of our favorite musical friends to bring a new recording into the studio for listening, lively discussion and the joy of new discoveries.

PROGRAM #:   RLT 15-18
RELEASE:    April 29, 2015

Letters from Ukraine
Relevant Tones has been carrying on a correspondence with several musicians in this war-torn region, where making music has recently been a challenge. We’ll share their stories and feature chamber and orchestral works by composers determined to carry on.

PROGRAM #:   RLT 15-19
RELEASE:    May 6, 2015

Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain
Relevant Tones partners with the Santa Fe Opera to feature a sneak preview of Jennifer Higdon’s soon-to-be-premiered first opera, Cold Mountain, based on Charles Frazier’s best-selling novel.

PROGRAM #:   RLT 15-20
RELEASE:    May 13, 2015

Dial Tones
RT calls up our radio and podcasting friends around the world to find out what new music they think will dominating our airwaves and digital bit streams in 30 years.

PROGRAM #:   RLT 15-21
RELEASE:    May 20, 2015

Composer Alive: Poland
An innovative collaboration with Warsaw composer Agnieszka Stulgińska in which a piece of music is publicly performed in installments as work on it progresses. We’ll hear Agnieszka’s thought process, play each installment, and sit alongside the composer as she hears the world premiere of the completed work.

PROGRAM #:   RLT 15-22
RELEASE:    May 27, 2015

CONTACT! at the the NY Phil Biennial: Beyond Recall
Matthias Pintscher leads a concert of US premieres with members of the New York Philharmonic at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. All works based on public sculptures from Salzburg.

PROGRAM #:   RLT 15-23
RELEASE:    June 3, 2015

In Memoriam
From Stravinsky’s famous In Memoriam Dylan Thomas to Hindemith’s Trauermusik, composers have long written their most personal and moving music as a tribute to a friend or great figure they admired. We’ll remember several great personalities with musical tributes by modern day composers.

PROGRAM #:   RLT 15-24
RELEASE:    June 10, 2015

Assad Brothers
Legendary Brazilian guitar duo Sergio and Odair Assad have been performing and recording together for 50 years, reinventing guitar technique along the way. We’ll talk with them about their remarkable career and feature music by a wide variety of composers who have written for them.

PROGRAM #:   RLT 15-25
RELEASE:    June 17, 2015

Composer Spotlight: Terry Riley at 80
One of the key pioneers in the incredibly influential minimalist movement, Terry Riley is a restless artist who has constantly sought to reinvent himself over his long career. We’ll start with the landmark piece In C and work our way through the numerous highlights of his musical output.

PROGRAM #:   RLT 15-26
RELEASE:    June 24, 2015

Del Sol Quartet - Quartets of Peter Sculthorpe
This new release by the Del Sol Quartet marks the first time that all of the string quartets by Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe have appeared on one recording. We’ll play several selections from this remarkable new album.

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