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.
January 13, 2017
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams, who until very recently made his home in Alaska, is far from the only composer to be inspired by winter landscapes. We’ll celebrate the season with music from around the world by composers inspired by winter.
January 6, 2017
We do a lot of research here at Relevant Tones and we find a lot of great music. Sometimes we find so much great music we can’t possibly fit it all into a one-hour program. Outtakes is a sample of fantastic music that we weren’t originally able to air on shows like Drum Kit: Problem Child, Vinyl, Zygmunt Krauze, and more.
December 30, 2016
The Open House movement began in the 1980’s in London as a celebration of the city’s justifiably famous architecture but it was so successful that it soon spread to more than 40 cities around the world. For five years Access Contemporary Music has commissioned composers to write music inspired by the spaces and put musicians in the spaces to perform ...
Soundward: Digital Formats
December 23, 2016
Another installment in our popular new series in which Relevant Tones host Seth Boustead and Q2 Music’s Phil Kline listen to and passionately discuss new releases. With each host bringing wildly different musical sensibilities to the table, Soundward is always lively, engaging and brimming with excitement for new music.
In the Field: Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Part II
December 9, 2016
Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, the Gaudeamus Festival festival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, is a powerhouse contemporary music festival showcasing young talent from around the world. The second of our two-part series will feature interviews and audio from the established mentor composers at this year’s festival.
In the Field: Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Part I
December 2, 2016
Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, the festival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, in the Netherlands is a powerhouse contemporary music festival showcasing young talent from around the world. Every year the Gaudeamus Award is granted to a new music pioneer, this year nominees include Giulio Colangelo, David Bird, James O’Callaghan, Anthony Vine, and Shih-Wei Lo, all under the age of 30. In ...
The Andriessen Effect
November 23, 2016
For more than thirty years, young composers have traveled to Holland to worship at the altar of Louis Andriessen, perhaps most notably the three composers from the storied collective Bang on a Can. As a result Andriessen, and Bang on a Can themselves, have had an outsize influence on the music of our time. We’ll feature Andriessen’s work and many ...
November 18, 2016
It’s quite common in academia, journalism and literature for two authors to team up to write an article or book but significantly less so in music. Still, it does happen and the results are often fascinating. Where does one idea start and the other continue? How do two composers work together to write a seamless piece?
Flora & Fauna
November 11, 2016
Not surprisingly, the natural world is a never-ending source of fascination and inspiration for composers. From the datura plant in southern China to a rare bird in the wilds of Australia to strange animals that exist only in the composer’s imagination, we’ll feature music inspired by the boundless creativity of nature.
Drum Kit: Problem Child
November 4, 2016
It’s essentially just a conveniently placed grouping of popular percussion instruments and yet, the drum kit is often cited as the dividing 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.
In the Field: Warsaw Autumn Part II
October 28, 2016
The second part in our two-part feature of the Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music includes interviews with composers, performers and organizers of the event and more audio performances recorded live in the concert halls of Warsaw.
In the Field: Warsaw Autumn Part I
October 21, 2016
Since its beginning in 1956 the Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music, for many years the only festival of its kind in Eastern Europe, has presented new music by leading Polish composers and composers from around the world. Today it is one of the most prestigious contemporary music festivals in the world and we are honored to have the ...
Composer Spotlight: Zygmunt Krauze
October 14, 2016
Polish composer, concert pianist and educator Zygmunt Krauze is a hugely respected figure on the international contemporary music scene and the recipient of numerous honors including the French National Order of the Legion of Honour among many others. We’ll play selections from his music and talk with him about his storied career.
The Art of Spoken Word
September 30, 2016
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 like Aaron Jay Kernis, Joseph Schwantner, David Lang, and more who are striving to achieve this symmetry.
September 23, 2016
Crossover between classical and rock musicians was common in the 1970’s but has taken a bit of a break until recently. Now instead of composers influencing rock musicians like Brian Eno, a rock band is having a huge influence on a diverse array of composers around the globe. The music of Radiohead has been arranged by countless composers and has ...
Extra Tones: Setting Records
September 22, 2016
If you enjoyed our episode “Contemporary Vinyl,” here is something extra! Why is releasing music on vinyl an upward trend currently? Just what is it that makes vinyl so incredible? In this podcast we explore these questions and dive into how exactly vinyl is made. Special thanks to Peter McDowell and Eighth Blackbird, Julia Nicols-Corry from Cedille Records, Bob Weston ...