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      Soundward: Finding New Voices

      It’s a format as old as time: two guys sit down to play music and talk about it.  Soundward, a continuing collaboration between Relevant Tones and Q2 Music, features lively conversation, new releases from composers around the globe and interesting new discoveries.   Phil Kline is a composer and hosts a two-hour show weekdays at 11am […]

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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.   Music featured on this program: All pieces composed by Joseph Schwantner “Aftertones of Infinity” Juilliard Orchestra […]

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      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.   Music Featured on […]

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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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      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 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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      Soundward: Digital Formats

      Another installment in our popular new series in which Relevant Tones host Seth Boustead and Q2 Music’s Phil Kline listen to and passionately discuss new releases. With each host bringing wildly different musical sensibilities to the table, Soundward is always lively, engaging and brimming with excitement for new music.   Ondřej Adámek String Quartet No. […]

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      Stained glass from the interior of Basilica del Voto Nacional in Quito, Ecuador

      Modern Oratorio

      Large-scale sacred works might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of contemporary music, but a number of important composers are creating expansive works inspired by their concept of a higher power. John Adams: When Herod Heard fr. El Niño Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin/Nagano; Theatre of Voices; London Voices; Willard White, […]

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      2016 Gaudeamus graphic and spirit guide of the 70th festival

      2016 Gaudeamus graphic and spirit guide of the 70th festival

      In the Field: Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Part II

      Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, the Gaudeamus Festival festival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, is a powerhouse contemporary music festival showcasing young talent from around the world. The second of our two-part series will feature interviews and audio from the established mentor composers at this year’s festival.     Yair Klartag There’s no lack of void [EXCERPT] […]

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      Gaudeamus Muziekweek takes over the picturesque city of Utrecht for five days.

      Gaudeamus Muziekweek takes over the picturesque city of Utrecht for five days.

      In the Field: Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Part I

      Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, the festival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, in the Netherlands is a powerhouse contemporary music festival showcasing young talent from around the world. Every year the Gaudeamus Award is granted to a new music pioneer, this year nominees include Giulio Colangelo, David Bird, James O’Callaghan, Anthony Vine, and Shih-Wei Lo, all under […]

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      Louis Andriessen in 1983

      Louis Andriessen in 1983

      The Andriessen Effect

      For more than thirty years, young composers have traveled to Holland to worship at the altar of Louis Andriessen, perhaps most notably the three composers from the storied collective Bang on a Can.  As a result Andriessen, and Bang on a Can themselves, have had an outsize influence on the music of our time.  We’ll […]

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      Composer/performers Sam Scranton and Ellen McSweeney performing MIMIC. Photo by Aleksandr Karjaka

      Composer/performers Sam Scranton and Ellen McSweeney performing MIMIC. Photo by Aleksandr Karjaka

      Co-Composed

      It’s quite common in academia, journalism and literature for two authors to team up to write an article or book but significantly less so in music.  Still, it does happen and the results are often fascinating.  Where does one idea start and the other continue?  How do two composers work together to write a seamless […]

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