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Relevant Tones

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Hosted by Seth Boustead (Chicago-based composer and Director of Access Contemporary Music), Relevant Tones is a weekly exploration of a vibrant and continuing classical music tradition as it thrives in the 20th and 21st centuries. From up-and-coming firebrands to established artists, this program celebrates the dynamic, diverse, and incredibly germane output of modern-day composers.

Hosted by Seth Boustead (Chicago-based composer and Director of Access Contemporary Music), Relevant Tones is a weekly exploration of a vibrant and continuing classical music tradition as it thrives in the 20th and 21st centuries. From up-and-coming firebrands to established artists, this program celebrates the dynamic, diverse, and incredibly germane output of modern-day composers.
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Chicago, IL

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Hosted by Seth Boustead (Chicago-based composer and Director of Access Contemporary Music), Relevant Tones is a weekly exploration of a vibrant and continuing classical music tradition as it thrives in the 20th and 21st centuries. From up-and-coming firebrands to established artists, this program celebrates the dynamic, diverse, and incredibly germane output of modern-day composers.

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English

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WFMT Radio Network 5400 N St. Louis Avenue Chicago, IL 60625-4698 (773) 279-2020


Episodes

Douglas Cuomo’s Arjuna’s Dilemma

12/14/2018
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Based on the Bhagavad Gita, a Sanskrit text that delves into the discussion between the divine Krishna and earthbound Arjuna, Douglas Cuomo’s Arjuna’s Dilemma draws from both Indian and western musical traditions to create a compelling musical drama. Cuomo joins Seth Boustead in the studio to talk about his composition. The post Douglas Cuomo’s Arjuna’s Dilemma appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:51

Still Goldberg after All These Years

12/7/2018
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Bach’s Goldberg Variations is thought to be one of the most important examples of the compositional technique that repeats material in an altered form. Over the years composers have used this style to create modern versions. The post Still Goldberg after All These Years appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:26

Nels Cline

11/30/2018
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Rolling Stone declared Nels Cline as one of the 20 “new guitar gods” and one of the top 100 guitarists of all time. He may be best known as the guitarist of rock band Wilco, but he’s also a talented composer. Seth Boustead and Cline discuss his compositional and improvisational style, making the bridge to classical, and his album Lovers. The post Nels Cline appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:26

Generations

11/23/2018
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Although a famous name can open some doors, it’s not always easy following in the footsteps of a great artist. Many children of great composers and performers have chosen to go a different route altogether, but others have found their own artistic identity. The post Generations appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:26

Outtakes

11/16/2018
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There is so much great music in the world and we’ve discovered a lot of great works for programs. 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 Child, Vinyl, Zygmunt Krauze, ... The post Outtakes appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:27

Antecedents

11/9/2018
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There’s a subsection of contemporary music call ‘Musical Historicism,’ a genre of music that uses historical elements and revives them in modern works. From Minimalism to Totalism, Modernism to Post-Modernism to Neomodernism; we’re taking a look at pieces that influence contemporary compositions, either to mimic the past or to be the antithesis. The post Antecedents appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:26

Haunted Landscapes: Music of George Crumb

11/2/2018
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Legendary composer George Crumb created a unique, haunting sound world that leaves an indelible impression upon anyone who hears it. This is the perfect landscape to celebrate his October birth-date and Halloween with an entire show dedicated to Crumb’s music. The post Haunted Landscapes: Music of George Crumb appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:27

The Accordion

10/26/2018
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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. The post The Accordion appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:27

Composers among Us: Thea Musgrave

10/19/2018
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Over 60 years of composing, Thea Musgrave is a powerful voice that demand respect around the world. We’re taking a deep-dive into her massive library and showcasing her eclectic range including chamber, orchestral, and electronic works. The post Composers among Us: Thea Musgrave appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:27

Open House

10/12/2018
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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. The post Open House appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:26

Composer Cosmology

10/5/2018
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From super strings to quarks, multiple dimensions to M theory, we’ll play several imaginative works by composers captivated by our universe. The post Composer Cosmology appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:27

Flora and Fauna

9/28/2018
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The natural world is a never-ending source of fascination and inspiration for composers. The post Flora and Fauna appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:27

Green Umbrella Series

9/21/2018
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During the LA Philharmonic’s 2018/19 season, they are commissioning 50 new works from artists including Louis Andriessen, Unsuk Chin, Philip Glass, and Steve Reich, just to name a few. The post Green Umbrella Series appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:26

Composer Collectives

9/14/2018
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The twentieth century saw an interesting movement as composers banded together in collectives to help promote each other’s work. The post Composer Collectives appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:24

Foster the Music Festival — Darmstadt

9/7/2018
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One of the world’s most famous new music festival, Foster the Music, has been held in Darmstadt since 1946. The post Foster the Music Festival — Darmstadt appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:28

Composer Alive — Poland

8/31/2018
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Access Contemporary Music has commissioned the Warsaw based composer Agnieszka Stulgińska for their annual Composer Alive project, which tasks international composers to write a piece inspired by their homeland. The post Composer Alive — Poland appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:26

Jennifer Koh

8/24/2018
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Jennifer Koh tells us about some of the 60 works that have been written especially for her including a new work by Kaija Saariaho. The post Jennifer Koh appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:27

Synesthesia in Music and Visual Art

8/17/2018
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We're finding out how color and visual art affect composers and their music. The post Synesthesia in Music and Visual Art appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:28

Thirsty Ears Festival LIVE in the Levin Performance Studio

8/10/2018
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We're opening our doors to Nick Photinos, David Schrader, and other Thirsty Ears Street Festival performers for a preview concert. The post Thirsty Ears Festival LIVE in the Levin Performance Studio appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:26

Haitian Composers

8/3/2018
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Cellist, music educator, and concert organizer Tom Clowes stops by to talk with Seth about the music of Haitian composers. The post Haitian Composers appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:26