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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.
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 ...
Soundward: Time Travel
September 1, 2017
Over the years pop artists have been making the transition from guitar slaying Hair Rock to classical composers. Seth and Q2 Music’s Phil Kline feature musicians like Kip Winger, Billy Joel, Jonny Greenwood and Roger Waters. Why are they making the transition and does it work?
August 18, 2017
We live in a charged political environment and though music is often seen as an escape, many composers have chosen to use their work to make a statement. From Ted Hearne’s piece The Source, based on the story of Chelsea Manning, the US Army Private who infamously leaked classified military documents to WikiLeaks in 2010 to David T. Little’s operas ...
Thirsty Ears LIVE Preview from the Levin
August 11, 2017
Relevant Tones’ is highlighting the performers and works featured in the second annual Thirsty Ears Festival: Chicago’s only classical music street festival! This LIVE broadcast is coming straight from WFMT’s Levin on Friday August 11th.
August 5, 2017
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.
Composers Among Us: Angélica Negrón
July 28, 2017
Puerto Rican-born composer and multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negrón writes music for accordions, toys and electronics as well as chamber ensembles and orchestras. Her works Bubblegum Grass Peppermint Field and La Isla Magica are as whimsical as their names suggest. Leap into Negron’s mind and music in the latest installment of our Composers Among Us series.
Balearic and Catalonia in New York
July 7, 2017
Ramon Llull was a leading philosopher, logician and writer in medieval Catalonia and the foundation that today bears his name works to export Catalonian culture and music throughout the world. Their most recent project in the U.S. is an exciting weekend of concerts and workshops in New York and a window into current trends in Catalonian music. Relevant Tones travels ...
June 30, 2017
Something of a lost art, improvisation in classical music is making a comeback in a big way thanks to composers like Steven Snowden, Don Malone, and Aaron Johnson. Teaming up with fantastic performers, they prove that improvisation very much has a place in the modern concert hall.
June 23, 2017
A Memory Palace is a technique for memorizing long lists of names or places by associating each list item with an object in your imaginary “memory palace”. This is derived from the method of loci developed in ancient Greece and Rome. Many composers have been inspired by this technique and have written pieces with this title. In this episode, we ...
June 9, 2017
It’s a format as old as time: two guys sit down to play music and talk about it. Soundward, a continuing collaboration between Relevant Tones and Q2 Music, features lively conversation, new releases from composers around the globe and interesting new discoveries.
Deep Resonances: Modern Music for Bass
June 2, 2017
Thanks to virtuoso performers like Gary Karr, François Rabbath and Edgar Meyer, the double bass is leaping to the front of the concert stage and composers are taking note. This week we’ll listen to some of the music written in the last few decades for this sonorous and incredibly versatile instrument.
May 19, 2017
Since the Mozarts and the Chopins, to Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland the composer-pianist is easy to trace through time. Now, in the 21st century, there is a resurgence in the tradition. Relevant Tones is examining the diverse composer-performer community from Philip Glass to Yiruma.
On Line Exclusive: Look + Listen | BRIC House
May 19, 2017
The evening began with an excerpt from Michael Gordon’s Timber performed by members of Sō Percussion andYarn/Wire. Followed by Pauline Oliver’s Tuning Meditation led by Jason Treauting. Up next, Jen Shyu performed excerpts form her newest solo ritual music drama Nine Doors. We were proud to present the 2017 L +L Composers Competition winning piece spero lucem by Nina C. Young was performed by Ensemble Échappé. Critically acclaimed Sō Percussion performed the New York premiere of Paul Lansky’s Springs*. Lara Pellegrinelli was our graceful ...
On Line Exclusive: Look + Listen | Pratt Manhattan Gallery
May 18, 2017
Opening Night took place at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery where we enjoyed performances by Miranda Cuckson, yMusic and Battle Trance. As a special tribute to Pauline Oliveros special guest, Ione from the Deep Listening Institute led the deep listening ritual The Heart Chant. The evening was hosted by Bill McGlaughlin and conducted lively interviews with Miranda Cuckson, Louis Karchin, Nadia Sirota (from yMusic), Travis Laplante (form Battle Trance), as ...
Music of Math
May 12, 2017
Though it’s definitely not true of all composers, many have a facility and fascination with math. We’ll talk to several composers who use math in their compositions and find out how this affects the resulting music. Is it all cerebral? What is the balance between emotional expression and mathematical precision?
May 5, 2017
In his Notations, Pierre Boulez composed twelve short piano miniatures that contain a cosmos of sound and potentiality. After decades at the helm of the avant-garde, Boulez has set to work unlocking those inner possibilities through thoughtful orchestration and elaboration. Click here for more information on Pierre Boulez