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      Del Sol Quartet – Quartets of Peter Sculthorpe

      This new release by the Del Sol Quartet marks the first time that all of the string quartets by Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe have appeared on one recording.  We’ll play several selections from this remarkable new album. Peter Sculthorpe: String Quartet No. 16, I (excerpt) Del Sol Quartet; Peter Kent, didjeridu Sono Luminus 92181 2:10 […]

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      Jenny Lin poses in front of the piano.

      Jenny Lin poses in front of the piano.

      Pianist Jenny Lin

      Stunningly versatile pianist Jenny Lin has recorded with jazz musicians, rockers, contemporary composers and everyone in between.  Equally comfortable playing Shostakovich on the same concert as giving a world premiere, Lin is a vital talent that is taking concert halls by storm. George Gershwin: I Got Rhythm (excerpt) Earl Wild, arr. Jenny Lin, p. Steinway […]

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      AACM at 50

      Chicago’s storied Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians has provided a unique place for musicians of all kinds to create unique and stunning new creations.  AACM turned 50 in 2015 and we’ll celebrate with performances of Afterword, an opera about the AACM by longtime member and celebrated composer George Lewis.  We’ll chat with Lewis about the piece, the […]

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      In Memoriam

      From Stravinsky’s famous In Memoriam: Dylan Thomas to Hindemith’s Trauermusik, composers have long written their most personal and moving music as a tribute to a friend or great figure they admired.  We’ll remember several great personalities with musical tributes by modern day composers. William Mayer: Brass Quintet, II Iowa Brass Quintet CRI 767 3:16 Ross […]

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      A Change in Opinion

      A Change of Opinion

      Throughout history, composers who have been known for championing a particular musical style have shocked their fans by radically and suddenly changing their aesthetic.  Why does this happen, and who’s changing their style in the modern era? George Rochberg: String Quartet No. 3 (excerpt) Concord String Quartet New World 80551 1:19 George Rochberg: Bagatelle No. […]

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      wild Up performs their debut in NYC.

      wild Up performs their debut in NYC.

      Sonic Festival: wild Up

      L.A. based ensemble wild Up is making their mark on the national contemporary music scene. We caught up with them at the recent Sonic Festival in New York City and will play music from that concert. Live recordings from their albums Feather and Stone and You of All Things, an album collaboration with Icelandic choir Graduale Nobili, are […]

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      Ukraine's famous Saint Sophia's Cathedral in Kiev

      Ukraine's famous Saint Sophia's Cathedral in Kiev

      Letters from Ukraine

      Relevant Tones has been carrying on a correspondence with several musicians in this recently war-torn region, where making music has recently been a challenge.  We’ll share their stories and feature chamber and orchestral works by composers determined to carry on. Julia Gomelskaya: Planet “The Life” for String Orchestra and Piano (excerpt) Kiev Camerata/Valeriy Matiukhin; Dmitry […]

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      Citizen Kane Light Shadow Still

      Musical Chiaroscuro

      Literally “light-dark,” chiaroscuro in art is the creation of depth through the play of light and shadow.  This artistic technique has inspired legions of composers to try and create the same contrasts in music through timbral shadings and instrumental colors. Literally “light-dark,” chiaroscuro in art is the creation of depth through the play of light […]

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      The prolific Steven Stucky photographed by Hoebermann

      The prolific Steven Stucky photographed by Hoebermann

      Steven Stucky Tribute

      In light of Steven Stucky’s recent and sudden death, we will be featuring works from his impressive repertoire. Stucky has a chameleon -like composing range using influences from Debussy, Schönberg, Lutoslawski, and more.

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      After 50 years of performing. the Assad Brothers are in-sync and tuned.

      After 50 years of performing. the Assad Brothers are in-sync and tuned.

      Assad Brothers

      Legendary Brazilian guitar duo Sergio and Odair Assad have been performing and recording together for 50 years, reinventing guitar technique along the way.  We’ll talk with them about their remarkable career and feature music by a wide variety of composers who have written for them. Altamir Penha: Nós e o rio (excerpt) Sérgio & Odair […]

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      Payton MacDonald fiercely photographed by Julianne Karr

      Payton MacDonald fiercely photographed by Julianne Karr

      Super Marimba

      Percussionist Payton MacDonald calls Super Marimba the nexus point of all of his artistic activities. Featuring influences from jazz and classical to Hindustani and improvisational music, this is the marimba as you’ve never heard it before.

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      Aaron Jay Kernis

      Aaron Jay Kernis' image captured by photographer Kim Pluti for Parallel Productions

      Aaron Jay Kernis

      Aaron Jay Kernis, Yale faculty member and the winner of Northwestern University’s Nemmers Prize, visits WFMT to talk about his compositions.

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      Just Intonation

      Today we leave the world of equal-temperament behind and explore various contemporary pieces written for instruments in just intonation.

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      eighth blackbird at the MCA

      Four-time Grammy-winning ensemble eighth blackbird performs music from their recent collaboration with the Sleeping Giant collective. A concert recorded live from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, where they are currently resident artists. Timo Andres: Checkered Shade eighth blackbird 14:23, 3:29 Ted Hearne: By-By Huey  eighth blackbird 9:48 Robert Honstein: Pulse & Touch from […]

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      Shanghai New Music Week Part IV

      The Relevant Tones team travels to Shanghai for New Music Week, a relatively new but impressive festival held by the prestigious conservatory of music. The final edition in this four-part series features music of faculty composers at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

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