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May 16, 2015 at 5:00 pm
RT calls up our radio and podcasting friends around the world to find out what new music they think will dominating our airwaves and digital bit streams in 30 years.
May 9, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Relevant Tones partners with the Santa Fe Opera to feature a sneak preview of Jennifer Higdon’s soon-to-be-premiered first opera, Cold Mountain, based on Charles Frazier’s best-selling novel.
May 2, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Relevant Tones has been carrying on a correspondence with several musicians in this 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.
April 25, 2015 at 5:00 pm
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. 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 Minuten für Orchester SWR Sinfonieorchester/Sylvain […]
April 18, 2015 at 5:00 pm
It gives technicians fits, but composers and performers are always experimenting with new “wrong” ways to play their instrument. From Bartok pizz to prepared piano, multiphonics to slap tongue, many of these techniques have made it into the standard repertoire. What new extended techniques are being pioneered today?
April 11, 2015 at 5:00 pm
One of the leading composers of our time and an ardent promoter of new music throughout the world, Augusta Read Thomas is an artistic force to be reckoned with.
April 4, 2015 at 5:00 pm
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. Jacob Druckman: Chiaroscuro (excerpt) Juilliard Orchestra/Foss New World 80381 1:04 Steven Block: Shadows Slovak Radio […]
March 28, 2015 at 5:00 pm
It’s essentially just a conveniently placed grouping of popular percussion instruments and yet, the drum kit is often cited as the dividing line between popular music and classical. We’ll examine how composers are using the drum kit today and what impact it’s having on genre boundaries.
March 21, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Acclaimed micro-tonal composer Ben Johnston is justifiably famous for his rigorous work ethic, attention to detail and for constructing a sound world entirely his own. One of the few composers using just intonation who is also interested in writing rhythmic music, Johnston is a true original and we’re happy to shine the spotlight on this modern master.
March 14, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Ever since Ezra Pound’s famous advice to young artists, “make it new!” there has been a relentless interest in breaking new ground in art and music. But what about composers who are genuinely inspired by older forms like fugues, rondos, capriccios, even rags? We’ll feature music by these “composers out of time” this week on Relevant Tones.
March 7, 2015 at 5:00 pm
We know composers spend a lot of time alone wrestling with their sonic muse but, when they’re not composing what are they listening to? What music is currently inspiring them? How does it influence their own music? We’ll ask established and emerging composers alike to tell us what’s in their Ipod and why and then we’ll play each piece in its entirety.
February 28, 2015 at 5:00 pm
We’ve always been fascinated here at Relevant Tones with how our perceptions of music change when it’s paired with visual imagery. With that in mind we’re asking several prominent visual artists to suggest imagery to a wide variety of different pieces by living composers. Relax, close your eyes and enjoy the view!
February 21, 2015 at 5:00 pm
We’re thrilled to receive hundreds of CDs a year from around the country as well as from far-flung corners of the globe. We listen to everything we receive and then feature an eclectic mix of music we think our listeners should hear from established labels to self-producing artists making their very first recording.
February 14, 2015 at 5:00 pm
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February 14, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Composer Robert Kritz spent many years working in the corporate world by day and busily composing music into the wee hours of the night. A decision several years ago to show some of his pieces to professional composers was the occasion of great excitement and led to a flurry of public performances and commissions. We’ll talk with Kritz about his unusual career path as a composer and feature live performances of several of his pieces by the musicians who support his work.