Fridays at 10:00 pm
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.
Synesthesia in Music and Visual Art
August 17, 2018
We're finding out how color and visual art affect composers and their music.
Thirsty Ears Festival LIVE in the Levin Performance Studio
August 10, 2018
We're opening our doors to Nick Photinos, David Schrader, and other Thirsty Ears Street Festival performers for a preview concert.
Composers Among Us: Robert Kritz
June 1, 2018
Composer Robert Kritz passed away in April 2018. To honor his spirit we’re re-broadcasting this program featuring Robert’s work. Robert 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 ...
Music of Burying and Marrying
May 25, 2018
Since earliest times, music has always had a ritual purpose in human society, but these ritualistic functions are often forgotten in the hustle and bustle of the modern world. We’ll play music by composers Ionel Petroi, Ross Edwards and Tan Dun who still think of the ceremonial importance music can play in our lives.
May 18, 2018
Seth Boustead talks with composer Stacy Garrop about the new recording of her Mythology Symphony inspired by Greek myths. Starting with the exhilarating opening movement Becoming Medusa, which tells the story of Medusa, a beautiful woman turned into a hideous monster, to the quiet sounds of Penelope Waits, the second movement with the touching tale of a wife waiting for ...
Live at LPR: Modern Mexico
May 11, 2018
(le) poisson rouge (LPR) is a multimedia art cabaret founded by musicians on the site of the historic Village Gate in New York City. We’re broadcasting from LPR’s stage in front of a live studio audience to celebrate Cinco De Mayo by presenting a musical program dedicated to Mexican composers.
In the Field: Big Ears Festival
May 4, 2018
Seth Boustead and producer, Sarah Zwinklis are traveling to Knoxville, Tennessee. Regarded as one of the most unique, boundary-defying and eagerly anticipated cultural gatherings in the world – “a music festival with a rare vision” (The New York Times) – Big Ears Festival returns in 2018 with perhaps its most multi-faceted and diverse line up to date. Spanning four days ...
Composer Spotlight: Alvin Singleton
April 27, 2018
Critic Kyle Gann says “Singleton’s music is soulful, with an understated simplicity that I particularly prize. Despite the studied economy of his means and the set character of his images, the music is never cold … nor abstract. It glows with warmth.” We’ll feature Singleton’s music on our next Composer Spotlight.
Look + Listen Festival
April 20, 2018
Relevant Tones is proud to partner with The Look + Listen Festival, an annual event dedicated to presenting contemporary music in contemporary art galleries like Pratt Manhattan Gallery, Brooklyn’s BRIC House and The Studio Museum in Harlem. The festival seeks to expand and engage audiences of 20th and 21st music by providing a unique opportunity to simultaneously experience new music ...
Composer Spotlight: Javier Alvarez
April 6, 2018
Mexican composer Javier Alvarez uses his travels to create eclectic electroacoustic works using influences from Mexico to Cuba, the Caribbean to Korea. Composer John Adams said the music of Alvarez “reveals influences of popular cultures that go beyond the borders of our own time and place.”