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      Composer Cosmology

      As astrophysicists like Neil deGrasse Tyson learn more about the cosmos and present their often strange and wondrous findings to the public, the creative mind can’t help but be captivated and inspired, and composers are certainly no exception. From super strings to quarks, multiple dimensions to M theory, we’ll play several imaginative works by composers […]

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      The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs

      Composer Mason Bates brings Steve Jobs life story to the stage in Santa Fe Opera’s production of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs. The opera combines expressive electronics with electric guitar, Bates’ signature rich orchestration and sleek lighting design for a truly modern experience. Musical Content Mason Bates: The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs Performed Live by […]

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      Bernard Rands

      Bernard Rands

      Composer Spotlight: Bernard Rands

      Pulitzer Prize winning composer, Bernard Rands shares his thoughts on his catalogue of over a hundred published works and recordings with Seth. From his 1963 premiere at Darmstadt to 1986 Kennedy Center Friedheim Award winning orchestral suites Le Tambourin, to his 2011  Chicago Symphony Orchestra commission, Danza Petrificada and beyond. Musical Content Bernard Rands Ursula […]

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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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      Soundward: Time Travel

      Over the years pop artists have been making the transition from guitar slaying Hair Rock to classical composers. Seth and Q2 Music’s Phil Kline feature musicians like Kip Winger, Billy Joel, Jonny Greenwood and Roger Waters. Why are they making the transition and does it work? Musical Content Paul Lansky Janus Trio “Prelude” :55   […]

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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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      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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      A riffle shuffle being performed during a game of poker at a bar near Madison, Wisconsin. Photo by: Johnny Blood

      Dealer’s Choice 2017

      About this show: Great music is a game of expertise, luck, and chance. As an avid poker player himself, Seth will deal out the a deck of great selections. Every track is bound to be a winner and not just the luck of the draw.   Playlist:

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      On the left: an image of Casa Milà designed by Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona in the Catalonia region On the right: An image of the Chrysler Building designed by William Van Alen in New York City

      On the left: Casa Milà designed by Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona in the Catalonia region On the right: The Chrysler Building designed by William Van Alen in New York City

      Balearic and Catalonia in New York

      About this show: Ramon Llull was a leading philosopher, logician and writer in medieval Catalonia and the foundation that today bears his name works to export Catalonian culture and music throughout the world. Their most recent project in the U.S. is an exciting weekend of concerts and workshops in New York and a window into […]

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      Street Musicians Improvising

      Street Musicians Improvising

      Improvisation

      About this show: Something of a lost art, improvisation in classical music is making a comeback in a big way thanks to composers like Steven Snowden, Don Malone, and Aaron Johnson. Teaming up with fantastic performers, they prove that improvisation very much has a place in the modern concert hall. Playlist: Bach/arranged by Gabriela Montero […]

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