Relevant Tones

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Relevant Tones

A weekly exploration of the most fascinating time in classical music history: right now.

With composers from nearly every country in the world creating music in diverse styles, there has simply never been a more exciting time for classical music. Relevant Tones creator and host Seth Boustead dives into this treasure trove of music accompanied by first-person interviews, in the field segments that take him to festivals and concert halls around the world, with stellar performances by talented ensembles and soloists.

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What is Wandelweiser?

July 15, 2016

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.

Dealer’s Choice

July 8, 2016

Great music is a game of expertise, luck, and chance. Seth curates a list of great music and discusses why it’s a winner.

Classical: NEXT

July 1, 2016

Though relatively new, the Classical Next conference attracts composers, performers and presenters from nearly fifty countries every year to share performances and new ideas for strengthening classical music.  Seth travels to Rotterdam to take in the sounds and share them with you.

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New Sounds from Europe

December 15, 2017

We team up with the European Broadcasting Union to bring recent concert events and interviews from some of the brightest musical lights on the continent to our listeners back home.

World Music Days: Vancouver Part 1

December 22, 2017

The International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) holds arguably the world’s most important contemporary music festival in a different city each year.  Much like the Olympics, cities bid to be the host and this year it’s in Vancouver.  In this first program of two, we hear from Jordan Nobles, Charlotte Bray, Jocelyn Morlock, and Stefan Prins.