Relevant Tones | Contemporary Classical Music
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Relevant Tones is a weekly exploration of the most fascinating time in classical music: right now. From up-and-coming firebrands to established artists, this program celebrates the dynamic and diverse musical creations of modern-day composers from around the world. Host: Seth Boustead.
||Letters from Ukraine||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||5/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Listening Party||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||4/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Playing it Wrong||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||4/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Composer Spotlight: Augusta Read Thomas||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.||4/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||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 instrument||4/4/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||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 imp...||3/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Composer Spotlight: Ben Johnston||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 rh...||3/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Out of Time||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,||3/14/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||We ask composers: What’s in your iPod?||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?||3/7/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Visual Aids||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 ...||2/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|