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      Winter Cold Ice Hardest Frozen Winter Magic Frost

      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

      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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      This flora is known as Lupin and this well-known fauna is a Mallard in a park. Photograph taken by Sarah Zwinklis

      This flora is known as Lupin and this well-known fauna is a Mallard in a park. Photograph taken by Sarah Zwinklis

      Flora & Fauna

      Not surprisingly, the natural world is a never-ending source of fascination and inspiration for composers. From the datura plant in southern China to a rare bird in the wilds of Australia to strange animals that exist only in the composer’s imagination, we’ll feature music inspired by the boundless creativity of nature. Mason Bates Anthology of […]

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      Drum Kit in it's natural habitat

      Drum Kit in it's natural habitat

      Drum Kit: Problem Child

      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. Ted Hearne: Furtive Movements, III (excerpt) Ron Wiltrout, drums; […]

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      Warsaw's historic Old Town Market Place is a tourist destination and the site of Warsaw Autumn's headquarters.

      Warsaw's historic Old Town Market Place is a tourist destination and the site of Warsaw Autumn's headquarters.

      In the Field: Warsaw Autumn Part II

      The second part in our two-part feature of the Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music includes interviews with composers, performers and organizers of the event and more audio performances recorded live in the concert halls of Warsaw. Wojciech Blazejczyk Trash Music [EXCERPT] Loopowizacje 8:00~ Krzysztof Woleck un Claro del Tiempo Warsaw Autumn 2008 – […]

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      Warsaw Autumn Festival just finished its 59th year.

      Warsaw Autumn Festival just finished its 59th year.

      In the Field: Warsaw Autumn Part I

      Since its beginning in 1956 the Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music, for many years the only festival of its kind in Eastern Europe, has presented new music by leading Polish composers and composers from around the world.  Today it is one of the most prestigious contemporary music festivals in the world and we […]

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      20160921 Zygmunt and Seth's Interview

      Seth talks with Zygmunt Krauze is his home in Warsaw

      Composer Spotlight: Zygmunt Krauze

      Polish composer, concert pianist and educator Zygmunt Krauze is a hugely respected figure on the international contemporary music scene and the recipient of numerous honors including the French National Order of the Legion of Honour among many others. We’ll play selections from his music and talk with him about his storied career. Zygmunt Krauze Piece […]

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