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      Payton MacDonald fiercely photographed by Julianne Karr

      Payton MacDonald fiercely photographed by Julianne Karr

      Super Marimba

      Percussionist Payton MacDonald calls Super Marimba the nexus point of all of his artistic activities. Featuring influences from jazz and classical to Hindustani and improvisational music, this is the marimba as you’ve never heard it before.

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      Aaron Jay Kernis

      Aaron Jay Kernis' image captured by photographer Kim Pluti for Parallel Productions

      Aaron Jay Kernis

      Aaron Jay Kernis, Yale faculty member and the winner of Northwestern University’s Nemmers Prize, visits WFMT to talk about his compositions.

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      Just Intonation

      Today we leave the world of equal-temperament behind and explore various contemporary pieces written for instruments in just intonation.

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      eighth blackbird at the MCA

      Four-time Grammy-winning ensemble eighth blackbird performs music from their recent collaboration with the Sleeping Giant collective. A concert recorded live from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, where they are currently resident artists. Timo Andres: Checkered Shade eighth blackbird 14:23, 3:29 Ted Hearne: By-By Huey  eighth blackbird 9:48 Robert Honstein: Pulse & Touch from […]

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      Shanghai New Music Week Part IV

      The Relevant Tones team travels to Shanghai for New Music Week, a relatively new but impressive festival held by the prestigious conservatory of music. The final edition in this four-part series features music of faculty composers at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

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      Shanghai New Music Week Part III

      The Relevant Tones team travels to Shanghai for New Music Week, a relatively new but impressive festival held by the prestigious conservatory of music. This third in a four-part series features premiere performances of music by the guest composers.

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      The Art of Spoken Word

      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 striving to achieve this symmetry.

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      Spektral Quartet

      Spektral Quartet

      Spektral Quartet – Serious Business CD Release

      Though relatively new on the scene, with their signature combination of virtuosic playing, audience-friendly manner and willingness to take risks, Spektral Quartet is proving to be a string quartet to watch. We’ll feature their latest release on the Sono Luminous Album, Serious Business.

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      Shanghai New Music Week Part II

      The Relevant Tones team travels to Shanghai for New Music Week, a relatively new but impressive festival held by the prestigious Shanghai Conservatory of Music. This second in a four-part series features performances by the renowned Ensemble Intercontemporain.

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      Shanghai New Music Week, Part I

      The Relevant Tones team travels to Shanghai for New Music Week, a relatively new but impressive festival held by the oldest conservatory of music in China. This first in a four-part series features the music of Chinese composers featured at the festival.

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