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Discovery Series
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.
Composer Spotlight: Zhou Long
One of the first composers to graduate from the Beijing Conservatory upon its reopening after the Cultural Revolution and the winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for his opera Madame White Snake, Zhou Long creates thoughtful, spiritually-infused music that has resonated with audiences across the globe. The post Composer Spotlight: Zhou Long appeared first on 98.7WFMT.
Modern Piano Virtuoso Kathleen Supové
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.
Foster the Music: Ireland
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.
Green Umbrella Series
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. Composer and curator of the first of the LA Phil’s new music series, entitled Green Umbrella, Andrew Norman talks about the Southern Californian composers that he’s presenting. The post Green Umbrella Series appeared first on 98.7WFMT.
Composer Alive — Poland
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 piece, Dance With My Breath, is an innovative performance which was played in three installments over the span of 90 days. We’ll dive into Agnieszka’s thought process, play each installment, and sit alongside the composer as she hears the world premiere of the completed work for the first time. The post Composer Alive — Poland appeared first on 98.7WFMT.
Extra Tones: Vegetable Acoustics
Patrick Hockberger interviews 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.
Sonata Form Redux
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.
Composer Spotlight: Javier Alvarez
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.
Look + Listen Festival
Relevant Tones is proud to partner with The Look + Listen Festival, an annual event dedicated to presenting contemporary music in contemporary art galleries like Pratt Manhattan Gallery, Brooklyn’s BRIC House and The Studio Museum in Harlem. The festival seeks to expand and engage audiences of 20th and 21st music by providing a unique opportunity to simultaneously experience new music and contemporary visual art. The post Look + Listen Festival appeared first on 98.7WFMT.
Composers Among Us: Nicole Lizée
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 solo turntablist, featuring DJ techniques fully notated and integrated into a concert music setting, to other unorthodox instrument combinations that include the Atari 2600 video game console, omnichords, and stylophones just to name a few. This episode explores her thirty years of composing. The post Composers Among Us: Nicole Lizée appeared first on 98.7WFMT.
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.
Soundward: Time Travel
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.
Composer Spotlight: Bernard Rands
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.
Composers Among Us: Robert Kritz
Composer Robert Kritz passed away in April 2018. To honor his spirit we’re re-broadcasting this program featuring Robert’s work. Robert spent many years working in the corporate world by day and busily composing music into the wee hours of the night. A decision several years ago to show some of his pieces to professional composers was the occasion of great excitement and led to a flurry of public performances and commissions. We talk with Robert about his unusual career path as a composer and feature live performances of several of his pieces by the musicians who support his work. The post Composers Among Us: Robert Kritz appeared first on 98.7WFMT.
Soundward: Rediscovery
About this show: It’s a format as old as time: two guys sit down to play music and talk about it. Soundward, a continuing collaboration between Relevant Tones and Q2 Music, features lively conversation, new releases from composers around the globe and interesting new discoveries.   Playlist: John Luther Adams Canticles of the Holy Wind I. Sky With Four Suns The Crossing chamber choir, cond. Donald Nally Cantaloupe Records 4:07 Vytautas Germanavičius Byrančios Arkos/Crumbling Arches Trio Kaskados: Albina Šikšniūtė, piano; Rusnė Mataitytė, violin; Edmundas Kulikauskas, cello Anthology of Lithuanian Art Music in the 21st century, curated by Frank Oteri 11:36 Vijay Iyer A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke: Uncut Emeralds Wadada Leo Smith, trumpet; Vijay Iyer, piano,electronics 7:43 Michael Ippolito Songlines Attacca Quartet: Amy Schroeder, violin; Keiko Tokunaga, violin; Nathan Schram, viola; Andrew Yee, cello Azica Records 10:38 John Luther Adams Canticles of the Holy Wind IV. Hour of the Doves The Crossing chamber choir, cond. Donald Nally Cantaloupe Records 5:23
Composers Among Us: Errollyn Wallen
About this show The next in our series spotlighting talented up and comers features versatile singer, pianist and composer Errollyn Wallen, who is creating a unique body of work and making an international name for herself along the way. Playlist: All pieces composed by Errollyn Wallen Dervish Dominic Harlan, piano; Matthew Sharp, cello Avie Records 7:24 Are you worried about the rising costs of funerals? song cycles In this program we feature: 1. Beehive 3. White Christine Patricia Rozario, soprano; David le Page, violin; Kirsty Staines, violin; David Aspin, viola; Joseph Spooner, cello Are You Worried About the Rising Cost of Funerals? 5:30 Horseplay (excerpt) Continuum Ensemble conducted by Philip Headlam 6:05 Daedalus (excerpt) Wallen, vocals and piano Daedalus Brodsky Quartet; Wallen, voc. Brodsky 3501 7:43 In Our Lifetime Mike Henry, baritone 7:50 My Feet May Take a Little While Wallen, vocals and piano 3:33
Composer Spotlight: Thomas Adès
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 Orchestra. The post Composer Spotlight: Thomas Adès appeared first on 98.7WFMT.
Starting from Scratch
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.
Foster the Music Festival — Darmstadt
One of the world’s most famous new music festivals, Foster the Music, has been held in Darmstadt, Germany, since 1946. We’ll trace the festival from its beginnings through modern times and feature some of the seminal works that were premiered there. The post Foster the Music Festival — Darmstadt appeared first on 98.7WFMT.
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, and more. The post Outtakes appeared first on 98.7WFMT.
Composers among Us: Thea Musgrave
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.
In Memoriam
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 composers. The post In Memoriam appeared first on 98.7WFMT.
Kontras in Levin Performance Studio!
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.
Listening Party 2017
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.
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Feb 18th, 2017
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Jan 26th, 2019
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