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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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      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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      Man playing a Hohner accordion

      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.

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