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      Phyllis Chen with audience at the Studio Museum in Harlem.

      Phyllis Chen with audience at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Photo By Steven Schreiber

      ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Look + Listen | The Studio Museum

      The Look + Listen Festival is an annual event dedicated to presenting contemporary music in contemporary art galleries. Relevant Tones is proud to be featuring this final concert from the last night of the festival. The Look + Listen Festival seeks to expand and engage audiences of 20th and 21st music by providing a unique opportunity […]

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      Ione leading The Heart Chant

      Ione leading The Heart Chant

      WEB EXCLUSIVE: Look + Listen Festival | Pratt Manhattan Gallery

      This year Relevant Tones has teamed up with the Look + Listen Festival. The Look + Listen Festival is an annual event dedicated to presenting contemporary music in contemporary art galleries. The Festival seeks to expand and engage audiences of 20th and 21st music by providing a unique opportunity to simultaneously experience a stimulating visual environment for […]

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      Timber performed  by Sō Percussion and Yarn/Wire

      Timber performed by Sō Percussion and Yarn/Wire

      WEB EXCLUSIVE: Look + Listen Festival | BRIC House

      Another concert from the Look + Listen Festival in Brooklyn at the BRIC House. The Look + Listen Festival is an annual event dedicated to presenting contemporary music in contemporary art galleries. The Festival seeks to expand and engage audiences of 20th and 21st music by providing a unique opportunity to simultaneously experience a stimulating visual environment […]

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      Christopher Rouse

      Composer Spotlight: Christopher Rouse

      For many years the composer-in-residence with the NY Philharmonic, Christopher Rouse combines neoromanticism with hard driving, rock-inspired rhythms to create a fascinating musical style all his own. Christopher Rouse: Iscariot Royal Stockholm Philharmonic/Alan Gilbert BIS 1386 15:24 Program Notes Rouse: Phaethon Houston Symphony Orchestra/Eschenbach Telarc 80452 8:01 Program Notes Rouse: Symphony No. 4 NY Phil/Gilbert unreleased 22:23 […]

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      Protesters' shadows on the street as they march for their beliefs

      Protesters' shadows on the street as they march for their beliefs

      Activist Music

      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 […]

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      Thirsty Ears LIVE Preview from the Levin

      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. Selected works:  Gillespie Quartet Amos Gillespie, Trevor Watkin, Richard Zili, and David Keller “11/8” by Amos Gillespie “Pequeña Czarda” by Pedro Iturralde […]

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      Ian Maksin is a Russian-born Chicago-based cellist and composer

      Ian Maksin is a Russian-born Chicago-based cellist and composer

      Going Solo

      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 […]

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      Angelica Negron uses toys and found objects to create whimsical music.

      Composers Among Us: Angélica Negrón

      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.

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      Interior of National Sawdust, New York. Designed by Bureau V. Photography by Floto + Warner.

      Late Night at National Sawdust III

      Relevant Tones teams up for the third concert series with Open G Records and Access Contemporary Music to present new music broadcasting from Brooklyn. 

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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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