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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

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


Foster the Music: Ireland

11/3/2017
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The Contemporary Music Centre in Ireland is one of the world’s foremost models of government support for composers, with dozens of composers receiving financial support, commissions and travel grants. We plunge into the incredible wealth of music created by this program. The post Foster the Music: Ireland appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration: 00:58:28


Eighty Trips Around the Sun

10/27/2017
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Seth speaks with Sarah Cahill about the new box set Eighty Trips Around the Sun, celebrating the music of Terry Riley. The post Eighty Trips Around the Sun appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration: 00:58:24


Sonata Form Redux

10/13/2017
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Sonata form is one of the oldest composition structures in classical music but it’s being rediscovered, and in many cases re-purposed, by contemporary composers. What is the lasting appeal? We’ll play music by four composers looking to the past for formal inspiration. The post Sonata Form Redux appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration: 00:58:24


In the Field: Palermo

10/6/2017
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We go In the Field to the rustic town of Palermo, Italy for the International Rostrum of Composers where we heard a stunning array of new music by three generations of creative artists from around the world. The post In the Field: Palermo appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration: 00:58:24


Online exclusive: Look + Listen | The Studio Museum

10/2/2017
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Explore the Look + Listen Festival, an annual event dedicated to presenting contemporary music in contemporary art galleries. The post Online exclusive: Look + Listen | The Studio Museum appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration: 01:37:28


Starting from Scratch

9/29/2017
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This week’s Relevant Tones focuses on composers who have tried to step outside the box, redefine their definitions of music, and start over without limitations. We’ll be examining the works of Alvin Lucier, Chris Preissing, James Tenney, Lou Harrison, and more. The post Starting from Scratch appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration: 00:58:32


Composer Cosmology

9/22/2017
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As astrophysicists like Neil deGrasse Tyson learn more about the cosmos and present their often strange and wondrous findings to the public, the creative mind can’t help but be captivated and inspired, and composers are certainly no exception. 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: 00:58:25


The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs

9/15/2017
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Composer Mason Bates brings Steve Jobs life story to the stage in Santa Fe Opera’s production of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs. The opera combines expressive electronics with electric guitar, Bates’ signature rich orchestration and sleek lighting design for a truly modern experience. The post The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration: 00:58:24


Composer Spotlight: Bernard Rands

9/8/2017
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Pulitzer Prize winning composer, Bernard Rands shares his thoughts on his catalogue of over a hundred published works and recordings with Seth. From his 1963 premiere at Darmstadt to 1986 Kennedy Center Friedheim Award winning orchestral suites Le Tambourin, to his 2011 Chicago Symphony Orchestra commission, Danza Petrificada and beyond. The post Composer Spotlight: Bernard Rands appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration: 00:58:24


Soundward: Time Travel

9/1/2017
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Over the years pop artists have been making the transition from guitar slaying Hair Rock to classical composers. Seth and Q2 Music’s Phil Kline feature musicians like Kip Winger, Billy Joel, Jonny Greenwood and Roger Waters. Why are they making the transition and does it work? The post Soundward: Time Travel appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration: 00:58:24


Composer Spotlight: Christopher Rouse

8/25/2017
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For many years the composer-in-residence with the NY Philharmonic, Christopher Rouse combines neoromanticism with hard driving, rock-inspired rhythms to create a fascinating musical style all his own. The post Composer Spotlight: Christopher Rouse appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration: 00:58:24


Activist Music

8/18/2017
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We live in a charged political environment and though music is often seen as an escape, many composers have chosen to use their work to make a statement. From Ted Hearne’s piece The Source, based on the story of Chelsea Manning, the US Army Private who infamously leaked classified military documents to WikiLeaks in 2010 to David T. Little’s operas ... The post Activist Music appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration: 00:58:24


Thirsty Ears LIVE Preview from the Levin

8/11/2017
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Relevant Tones’ is highlighting the performers and works featured in the second annual Thirsty Ears Festival: Chicago’s only classical music street festival! This LIVE broadcast is coming straight from WFMT’s Levin on Friday August 11th. The post Thirsty Ears LIVE Preview from the Levin appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration: 01:01:00


Going Solo

8/5/2017
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There is perhaps no more intimate connection in music than when a composer writes a solo piece specifically for a gifted performer, crafting the piece for the player’s specific strengths and musical tastes. We’ll talk with several performers about solos that have been written for them and feature performances of the pieces recorded live in our Levin studio. The post Going Solo appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration: 00:58:23


Composers Among Us: Angélica Negrón

7/28/2017
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Puerto Rican-born composer and multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negrón writes music for accordions, toys and electronics as well as chamber ensembles and orchestras. Her works Bubblegum Grass Peppermint Field and La Isla Magica are as whimsical as their names suggest. Leap into Negron’s mind and music in the latest installment of our Composers Among Us series. The post Composers Among Us: Angélica Negrón appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration: 00:58:24


Late Night at National Sawdust III

7/21/2017
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Relevant Tones teams up for the third concert series with Open G Records and Access Contemporary Music to present new music broadcasting from Brooklyn. The post Late Night at National Sawdust III appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration: 00:58:52