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      A photo of Glenn Kotche, an American drummer, percussionist, and composer.

      A photo of Glenn Kotche, an American drummer, percussionist , and composer.

      Wilco’s Glenn Kotche Goes Classical

      Called one of the best drummers of all time by Gigwise magazine, Kotche is also a talented and multi-faceted composer who has worked with powerhouse groups like eighth blackbird, So Percussion and Kronos Quartet. Kotche: Anomaly, II, III, IV, V, VII Kronos Quartet; Kotche, perc. Cantaloupe 21098 2:32, 4:34, 9:24 Kotche: The Haunted (excerpts) Lisa […]

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      Pianist/Composers

      About this Show: Since the Mozarts and the Chopins, to Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland the composer-pianist is easy to trace through time. Now, in the 21st century, there is a resurgence in the tradition. Relevant Tones is examining the diverse composer-performer community from Philip Glass to Yiruma. Music Featured in this Show: Jed Distler […]

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      Music of Math

      About this show: Though it’s definitely not true of all composers, many have a facility and fascination with math. We’ll talk to several composers who use math in their compositions and find out how this affects the resulting music. Is it all cerebral? What is the balance between emotional expression and mathematical precision? Music featured […]

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      Boulez Notations

      In his Notations, Pierre Boulez composed twelve short piano miniatures that contain a cosmos of sound and potentiality. After decades at the helm of the avant-garde, Boulez has set to work unlocking those inner possibilities through thoughtful orchestration and elaboration. Click here for more information on Pierre Boulez   Music Featured in this show: Olivier […]

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      Soundward- New Hits (3)

      Soundward: New Hits

      About this show: Q2 Music’s Phil Kline joins us to chat about music that hits a chord. The newest recordings that are certain to become a classic. Music Featured on this program: Christopher Cerrone Double Happiness [EXCERPT] Dance Music 3:20 Meredith Monk Duet with Shifting Ground On Behalf of Nature 5:17 Meredith Monk Pavement Steps […]

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      Late Night at National Sawdust -Chaos Theory- Friday, April 21

      Late Night at National Sawdust

        About the Show: Podcast and live radio collide in an evening of music inspired by fractals, dynamic systems, feedback loops and nature. Open G Records and Access Contemporary Music present:  Caroline Mallonee‘s Butterfly Effect, a string quartet inspired by the idea that a butterfly flapping its wings in Australia could cause a tornado in […]

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      Gabriel Prokofiev

      Gabriel Prokofiev

        London-based DJ, composer and entrepreneur Gabriel Prokofiev talks with Seth Boustead about composing and performing for a 21st century audience, family legacies, and the use of sampling in classical music.   Prokofiev worked with hip-hop turntablist DJ Yoda on the piece Concerto for Turntable and Orchestra. Prokofiev talks about working with DJ Yoda and […]

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      photo by Howard Lipin

      photo by Howard Lipin

      Composer Spotlight: Chinary Ung

      Cambodian composer Chinary Ung came to the U.S. to study clarinet and composition but was forced to stay when the Khmer Rouge uprising broke out in his home country killing millions.  Over the years he has helped many family members and friends escape that regime and has documented his struggles in music.   Music Featured […]

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      Left: Queen Ida, Top Right: Hey Chere performing at The Hideout in Chicago, IL, Bottom Right: Son Monarcas

      Left: Queen Ida, Top Right: Hey Chere performing at The Hideout in Chicago, IL, Bottom Right: Son Monarcas

      Extra Tones: Music of Migration

      Extra Tones is a podcast that goes deeper into subjects covered on Relevant Tones. In The Accordion, Seth explored composers who are writing new music for the accordion. Traditionally thought of as a European folk instrument, The Music of Migration tells the story of how accordion music has evolved as it’s traveled with immigrants to […]

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      Top: Susanna Philips and Eric Owens in L'Amour de Loin. 
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Bottom: Heresy Opera Photo by Ros Kavanagh

      Top: Susanna Philips and Eric Owens in L'Amour de Loin. Image © 2016 The Metropolitan Opera.   Bottom: Heresy Opera Photo by Ros Kavanagh

      Love and Heresy

      About this show: We had the distinct pleasure of attending two recent opera premieres, the World Premiere of Heresy in Dublin by Roger Doyle and the Met’s premiere of L’Amour de Loin by acclaimed composer Kaija Saariaho. Both operas explore universal themes in strikingly different ways, from Doyle’s setting of the infamous heresy trial of […]

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      Soundward: Old Faves New Raves

      About this show: Soundward is a collaboration between Relevant Tones host Seth Boustead and Q2 music host Phil Kline in which the pair sit down and listen to new music releases. The show begins with a piece from the late New York composer, Julius Eastman. Although he was relatively unknown outside of the New York […]

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      Composer Champions

        Where would Gustav Mahler be without the incredible support of Leonard Bernstein?  Bach without the support of Mendelssohn?  Being championed by a famous performer or conductor is an incredible leg up to the career of many composers.  Who are the modern day composer champions, and whose work are they promoting?   Music featured on […]

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      Listening Party

      We invite some of our favorite musical friends to bring a new recording into the studio for listening, lively discussion and the joy of new discoveries. Music featured on this show: Max Grafe: “Bantams in Pine-wood” fr. Three Madrigals Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble 1:53 Michael Gordon: Industry Maya Beiser, amplified cello 10:23 Peter Ablinger: Drei […]

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      Music for International Women’s Day

      We’ve had the privilege of speaking with incredible women in contemporary music over the last few years. Our program celebrates the diverse composers and performers who are expanding the definitions of classical music. We celebrate International Women’s Day today by highlighting clips from previous interviews. Full shows are linked to each composer of performers name. […]

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      James Matheson composing music. Photo by Michele Panduri Metalli, 2013.

      Composer Spotlight: James Matheson

      With important commissions from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic among others, and a new and highly praised album release, James Matheson has established a reputation as a composer of finely tuned, individualistic music with wide ranging appeal.  We’ll chat with him about his career and play his music.   Music featured […]

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