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      John Cage Centennial

      In anticipation of John Cage’s 100th Birthday, Relevant Tones examines his life and music. Two members of Chicago-based ensemble Third Coast Percussion, Robert Dillon and David Skidmore, join us in the studio to share anecdotes about their experiences playing Cage’s works. Click here for more information about John Cage Click here for more information on […]

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      Anna Clyne

      CSO composer-in-residence Anna Clyne comes to our studio to talk to us about her new compositions and the artists who inspired her.

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      eighth blackbird

      eighth blackbird

      eighth blackbird

      Fresh off their 2012 Grammy win, the Chicago ensemble eighth blackbird stops by to discuss their latest album, recent premieres and performances across the globe. Click here for more information on eighth blackbird Jennifer Higdon: Zaka About Jennifer Higdon Purchase Thomas Albert: Thirteen Ways (excerpt) About Thomas Albert Purchase Frederic Rzewski: Les Moutons De Panurge […]

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      The Thirsty Ear Festival: Live from the Empty Bottle

      This week, we’ll be broadcasting the Thirsty Ear New Music Festival, live from the Empty Bottle. Come join us at the venue or on the radio for some great music, including performances by the Chicago Q Ensemble, James Falzone, the Palomar Ensemble and the MAVerick Ensemble! Saturday, August 11 5:00 to 7:00 PM (Doors open […]

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      Starting From Scratch

      This week’s Relevant Tones focuses on composers who have tried to step outside the box, redefine their definitions of music, and start over without limitations. We’ll be examining the works of Alvin Lucier, Chris Preissing, James Tenney, Lou Harrison, and more. Alvin Lucier: I am sitting in a room (excerpt) About Alvin Lucier Purchase James […]

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      Bang on a Can

      Bang on a Can 25th Anniversary, Part III

      Join us this week for the third part of our foray into the Bang on a Can Marathons. We’ll be focusing on Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe, two of the co-founders of the Bang on a Can organization. Click here to visit Michael Gordon’s website Click here to visit Julia Wolfe’s website. Click here to […]

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      Bang on a Can 25th Anniversary, Part II

      During this week’s Relevant Tones, Seth Boustead continues to share more music and interviews from the Bang on a Can Marathon 2012. Part II features composers Evan Ziporyn and David Lang, two galvanizing forces in the Bang on a Can Marathons. Click here to visit Evan Ziporyn’s website Click here to visit David Lang’s website […]

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      Bang on a Can 25th Anniversary, Part I

      Seth Boustead brings back his findings and experiences from the Bang on a Can Marathon in New York City. The Bang on a Can Marathon is a yearly celebration of new musical styles and ideas, designed to bring diverse performances to a wide public audience. About the Bang on a Can Marathon Louis Andriessen: De […]

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      Spectral Music

      This week on Relevant Tones, we’ll delve into the music of Gerard Grisey and Tristan Murail, two composers who base their compositions on mathematic spectral analyses of the overtone series. Grisey and Murail’s compositions originated the style of Spectral Music. Grisey: Partiels (excerpt) WDR Sinfonieorchester of Cologne; Stefan Asbury Purchase Grisey: Talea (excerpt) Ensemble Recherche […]

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      Lincoln Trio

      Host Seth Boustead (top left), and the members of the Lincoln Trio [David Cunliffe (top right), DesirĂ©e Ruhstrat (bottom left), and Marta Aznavoorian (bottom right)] in a photo taken after our live broadcast. This week, we’ll be broadcasting a live performance of the Lincoln Trio, a Chicago-based ensemble featuring DesirĂ©e Ruhstrat on violin, David Cunliffe […]

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