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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

Dealer’s Choice

4/13/2018
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Great music is a game of expertise, luck, and chance. Seth deals out a playlist of great music including David Maslanka and discusses why it’s a winner in this year’s Dealer’s Choice. The post Dealer’s Choice appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:24

Composer Spotlight: Javier Alvarez

4/6/2018
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Mexican composer Javier Alvarez uses his travels to create eclectic electroacoustic works using influences from Mexico to Cuba, the Caribbean to Korea. Composer John Adams said the music of Alvarez “reveals influences of popular cultures that go beyond the borders of our own time and place.” The post Composer Spotlight: Javier Alvarez appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:24

Azul

3/23/2018
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The ever-busy New York-based chamber orchestra The Knights has worked with some of the top composers and musicians in the world including Osvaldo Golijov on a stunning new release of his large scale symphonic work, Azul. The piece draws on several world music traditions as do the other pieces on the album. We talked to founding violinist and composer Colin ... The post Azul appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:51:30

Shulamit Ran

3/16/2018
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Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Shulamit Ran crafts music of an intimately personal nature, making her one of the most often performed composers of her generation. We’ll talk with Shulamit about her music, the Contempo music series, and her legacy at the University of Chicago, where she was a highly regarded professor for many years. The post Shulamit Ran appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:23

Composers Among Us: Nicole Lizée

3/9/2018
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JUNO-nominated composer Nicole Lizée creates new music from an eclectic mix of influences including the earliest MTV videos, turntablism, rave culture, Hitchcock, Kubrick, 1960s psychedelia and 1960s modernism. She is fascinated by the glitches made by outmoded and well-worn technology and captures these glitches, notates them and integrates them into live performance. Nicole’s compositions range from works for orchestra and ... The post Composers Among Us: Nicole Lizée appeared first on...

Duration:00:58:24

Listening Party 2017

3/2/2018
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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. Seth sits down with violinist Doyle Armbrust and composers Kyong Mee Choi, Nomi Epstein, and Jeff Kowalkowski. The post Listening Party 2017 appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:26

Composer Spotlight: Thomas Adès

2/23/2018
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Since his early teens, Thomas Adès has been a commanding figure in the world of classical music as a triple threat pianist, conductor and composer. We talk with him about his career including his work at, among others, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw, Melbourne and Sydney Symphonies, BBC Symphony, and City of Birmingham Symphony ... The post Composer Spotlight: Thomas Adès appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:26

Out of Time

2/16/2018
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Ever since Ezra Pound’s famous advice to young artists, “make it new!” there has been a renewed and 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”. The post Out of Time appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:23

Live at LPR: Jenny Lin

2/9/2018
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Production company Access Contemporary Music has partnered with the esteemed Manhattan venue, LPR – (Le) Poisson Rouge a multimedia art cabaret founded by musicians on the site of the historic Village Gate. Pianist Jenny Lin is taking the stage for the first in this exciting new series. This concert is celebrating Philip Glass’ birthday with a live performance of his ... The post Live at LPR: Jenny Lin appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:26

Visual Aids

2/2/2018
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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 by living composers. Relax, close your eyes and enjoy the view! The post Visual Aids appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:25

Spotlight: Nick Photinos

1/26/2018
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Founding cellist of Eighth Blackbird, Nick Photinos, will join us in WFMT’s Levin Studio in Chicago to play pieces from his first solo album. Nick worked with an exciting array of diverse composers on the album including David T. Little, Angélica Négrón, Florent Ghys, Andrew Norman and Bryce Dessner. The post Spotlight: Nick Photinos appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:25

Jeremy Gill Concerto BMOP Release

1/19/2018
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Composer Jeremy Gill recently had the opportunity of a lifetime when the Boston Modern Orchestra Project agreed to record not one, not two, but three of his concertos. We’ll talk with Jeremy and clarinet soloist Chris Grymes about this fantastic new release and play as much of it as we can. The post Jeremy Gill Concerto BMOP Release appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:26

Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab

1/12/2018
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Three-time Grammy winning super group Eighth Blackbird unveils their newest creative project: “to inspire the next generation of performers and composers to share in the ensemble’s vision: to champion a distinctive, dynamic and engaging performance aesthetic.” We’ll talk to the birds and this year’s participants and bring you into the creative process as the lab comes to life. The post Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:24

World Music Days: Vancouver Part II

1/5/2018
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This is the second program featuring the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) which holds arguably the world’s most important contemporary music festival in a different city each year. Much like the Olympics, cities bid to be the host and this year it’s in Vancouver. In this first program of two, we hear from Fredrik Gran, Fredrick Neyrinck, and violinist, Müge Buyukcelen. The post World Music Days: Vancouver Part II appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:24

Kontras in Levin Performance Studio!

12/22/2017
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A WFMT special broadcast of Ensemble-in-Residence Kontras Quartet on Relevant Tones. Kontras Quartet has been blending the line between classical and folk music since 2009. On this program we'll hear a Folk inspired repertoire from South Africa to Japan back home to the Midwest. The post Kontras in Levin Performance Studio! appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:01:32:41

Gender Identity in Music

12/8/2017
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One of the most important new developments in contemporary classical music is part of a wider societal trend of gender fluidity. We talk with three composers who have transitioned about their music before and after, and their personal experiences. The post Gender Identity in Music appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:24

Modern-Day Moonlighters

12/1/2017
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Philip Glass is arguably the most famous plumber, mover and cab driver ever to work in New York. While not every example is that extreme, there are quite a few composers with day jobs – multi-talented people, that advocate for their fellow composers, write, work in radio or have a Ph.D. in neuroscience. The post Modern-Day Moonlighters appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:24

Discovery Series

11/24/2017
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A process-based exploration into several pieces chosen from a pool of more than five hundred submissions, the Discovery Series is led by composer/pianist Jeremy Gill and features an inside peak into the inner workings of the compositional process, and the process of putting the piece together for the musicians tasked with bringing it to life. The post Discovery Series appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:24

Extra Tones: Vegetable Acoustics

11/20/2017
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Interviews with Barbara Kaiser of the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra and experimental filmmaker Calum Walter about the strange and wondrous sounds of everyday life. The post Extra Tones: Vegetable Acoustics appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:10:24

Modern Piano Virtuoso Kathleen Supové

11/17/2017
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One of America’s most acclaimed and versatile contemporary music pianists, performance artist and keyboardist Kathleen Supové is known for breaking boundaries between audience and performer and for her multimedia performances as the “Exploding Piano” The post Modern Piano Virtuoso Kathleen Supové appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:20

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