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      Alarm Will Sound performing Logon Rock Witch by Aphex Twin (arr. Jonathan Newman)

      Alarm Will Sound performing Logon Rock Witch by Aphex Twin (arr. Jonathan Newman)

      Crossing Barriers

      A big trend in the 2000’s saw contemporary music ensembles commissioning composers not to write new pieces for them but to arrange music by pop artists. We’ll listen to music from two such collaborations: Alarm Will Sound performing arrangements of electronic musician Aphex Twin and Osso Quartet’s arrangements of indie pop superstar Sufjan Stevens. Sufjan […]

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      Man playing a Hohner accordion

      Man playing a Hohner accordion

      The Accordion

      Once relegated solely to the status of folk instrument, the accordion is being used more and more by composers around the world in a stunning variety of different musical contexts.  We’ll feature music for this storied instrument and talk to a few of the composers about how it inspired them.

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      Portrait of Joseph Schwantner

      Joseph Schwantner

      A master of orchestral timbre and an ardent individualist, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Joseph Schwantner has been one of the most prolific composers in the 20th and 21st centuries. He visits our studios to talk about his life and music. Joseph Schwantner: Aftertones of Infinity Juilliard Orcestra/Slatkin 14:53 Schwantner: September Canticle (excerpt) Dallas Symphony/Litton; Diaz, org. […]

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      LIVE: Late Night at National Sawdust

      For this exciting new series Relevant Tones is teaming up with Open G Records and Access Contemporary Music to present a quarterly live broadcast at Brooklyn’s hottest new venue National Sawdust.  Much of the music for this series will be programmed from an international ‘call for scores.’ Performers: Chris Grymes, clarinet and bass clarinet Molly […]

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      Winter Cold Ice Hardest Frozen Winter Magic Frost

      Winter Cold Ice Hardest Frozen Winter Magic Frost

      Winter Music

      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. Franz Schubert  Der Greise Kopf [EXCERPT] Schubert Winterreise :50 James Hartway Schnee [EXCERPT] […]

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      Outtakes

      Outtakes

      Outtakes

      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 […]

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      Photo by Ryan Robinson & Michael Robinson of the International Museum of Surgical Science

      Photo by Ryan Robinson & Michael Robinson of the International Museum of Surgical Science

      Open House

      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 […]

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