what’s playing now
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.
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 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 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 diving 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.
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.
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. Championed by Pierre Boulez in her early years and later named composer-in-residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Thomas rose early to the top of her profession […]
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 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.
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.
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 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 23, 2015 at 5:00 pm
An innovative collaboration with Warsaw composer Agnieszka Stulgińska in which a piece of music is publicly performed in installments as work on it progresses. We’ll hear Agnieszka’s thought process, play each installment, and sit alongside the composer as she hears the world premiere of the completed work.
May 30, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Matthias Pintscher leads a concert of US premieres with members of the New York Philharmonic at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. All works based on public sculptures from Salzburg.
June 6, 2015 at 5:00 pm
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 compose
June 13, 2015 at 5:00 pm
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.