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Relevant Tones

Relevant Tones

By Seth Boustead
A podcast about the most fascinating time in classical music history: right now.

Relevant Tones features interviews with and music by some of the most creative figures in contemporary classical music, themed shows exploring new trends in classical music and frequent live streamed shows featuring conversations and music performances.

Hosted and produced by Seth Boustead, Austin Williams, Stephen Anthony Rawson and Matt Dotson.
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Present Music
Since its founding in Milwaukee in 1982, the mission of Present Music has been to commission and perform new concert music with programming that introduces innovative concert formats, embraces a broad diversity of repertoire, and makes the music of our time accessible to audiences with deep expression and serious fun. Host Austin Williams talks with co-Artistic Director David Bloom about their upcoming 41st season. The featured music includes works by Ryan Carter, Jonah Elrod, Michael Torke and Kamran Ince.
59:07
October 03, 2022
Composer Alive Album Release
Access Contemporary Music's latest album features music commissioned as part of their innovative project Composer Alive.  Each piece was composed in short installments and rehearsed and recorded in real time as they were received.  Host Seth Boustead features a sample of this fascinating music. Sunshowers by Jane O'Leary (mvmts 1 and 2) De Ánimos y Quebrantos by Gabriela Ortiz Toy by Alexandre Lunsqui Dance With My Breath by Agnieszka Stulginska (mvmt 1) Commercial Etudes by Will Rowe (mvmts 1 and 2) Micro Moments IX: Hommage a Avicenna by Arshia Samsaminia
54:47
September 26, 2022
Qubit's Whitney Biennial Audio Guide
Qubit presents an audio(guide) companion to the 2022 Whitney Biennial, "Quiet as It's Kept." Curated by Alec Hall, Loud as It Plays is a listening landscape of contemporary American music arranged around the themes and forces shaping our world over the past two years: breath, time, hope, test, and war. For a biennial survey of American art should also include a survey of its current sounds. Host Austin Williams brings you a sample of this timely playlist. Featuring music by: Deidre Huckabay Anaïs Maviel Panayiotis Kokoras Vanessa Place Taylor Brook Anthony Tan Weston Olencki + Laura Cocks/Zs/Vanessa Place Daniel Bachman/Alec Hall David Bird Id M Theft Able/Sally Decker
56:55
September 19, 2022
Shawn E. Okpebholo
Shawn E. Okpebholo is a critically-acclaimed and award-winning composer whose music has been described as “devastatingly beautiful” and “fresh and new and fearless” (The Washington Post), “affecting” (The New York Times), “searing” (The Chicago Tribune), “staggering” (The New Yorker), “lyrical, complex, singular” (The Guardian), and “powerful” (BBC Music Magazine). Host Stephen Rawson talks with him and features a wide range of his music.
01:04:54
September 12, 2022
Michael Oliva
Join Host Austin Williams as he interviews world-class composer Michael Oliva about his upcoming project for various interments playing with Tampura and fixed media. Michael has been creating various collaborations with a variety of instruments for this project to create a diverse sound world for listeners to experience. In the interview you will hear about Michael’s use of the Tanpura and how he manipulates and adjusts it to make it truly unique for this project. Michael will have the chance to premier these works in an installation type event at ColorScape festival. More details and times in this link  https://michaeloliva.net/index.php/colourscape/
01:10:34
August 31, 2022
Da Capo Chamber Ensemble 50th Season
The remarkable Da Capo Chamber Ensemble has been going strong for 50 years and they're celebrating this milestone with a series of concerts called Bridges. Host Austin Williams talks with flutist Patricia Spencer and composer Bruce Adolphe about their incredible run and the featured music in their 50th season.
59:38
August 22, 2022
Castor and Patience
Castor and Patience is a new opera by composer Gregory Spears and libretto by former poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy K. Smith.  The opera takes on the pervasive barriers to land ownership for Black Americans by telling the story of two cousins' struggles to own and keep property long held by their family. Stephen Rawson attended the premiere and talked with Spears and Smith about the opera. 
44:36
August 09, 2022
Charles Mingus Centennial
Join us as we celebrate and honor the centennial of Charles Mingus! This episode will take a deep dive into his album Mingus Plays the Piano. Charles Mingus was a pioneer of the modern jazz movement and this album speaks to that. Amongst his vast discography, this album takes a slight departure from his typical music styles. The listener will hear various influences of early 20th c. composers along with Mingus’ own amount of spice. In the episode we will feature the album along with excerpts from the biography Beneath the Underdog: His World as Composed by Charles Mingus.
51:03
August 01, 2022
Cross Roads
Host Austin Williams explores the cross roads of experimental music and Jazz. Many artists featured on today’s show come from the Twin Cities area which has a large free and experimental jazz scene. Much like one might see in an improvising chamber group or players working from a graphic score, the music you hear is incredibly collaborative and raw in nature. Some groups will directly reference new classical music while others will show it through their practice and aesthetic
41:55
July 18, 2022
Escape Tones
Taking a break from all your worries sure would help a lot. Wouldn't you like to get away? Hey, isn't that from the "Cheers" theme song?  Yes it is but after the last couple of weeks who can disagree?  Join host Austin Williams for a much-needed musical escape... Music by Robert Honstein, Cassie Wieland, Wally Gunn.
42:24
July 11, 2022
Music by Tyondai Braxton
The former front man of experimental rock band Battles, Tyondai Braxton has since ventured out into composing a wide array of wildly inventive original music. He has been commissioned to write pieces for ensembles such as The Bang on a Can All Stars, Kronos Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, and Brooklyn Rider. Host Austin Williams plays a few of his favorites.
33:44
June 27, 2022
Spoken Word
Host Austin Williams features a variety of pieces that incorporate spoken word in some way.  Featuring music by Pamela Z, Tori & Ashley, Nina and Redacted Bell.
40:04
June 20, 2022
Ulysses Journey
February 2nd, 2022 marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of James Joyce’s landmark novel Ulysses. To celebrate the importance of this milestone, the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland (CMC) teamed up with the Centre Culturel Irlandais (CCI) to present an international celebration across Ireland and Europe from February to June 2022. Seth Boustead talks to the CMC’s Linda O’Shea Farren from the CMC about this project and features music from the resulting concert and film series.
55:09
June 14, 2022
Classical Next 2022 Part II
Classical:NEXT is the global networking and exchange hub dedicated exclusively to classical and art music, for all professionals – artists, managers, presenters, orchestras, labels, educators, press, media, publishers and more. Seth Boustead traveled to Hannover to cover this extraordinary festival for Relevant Tones. Part 2 features music from the showcases, club nights and project pitches.
54:22
June 06, 2022
Classical Next 2022 Part I
Classical:NEXT is the global networking and exchange hub dedicated exclusively to classical and art music, for all professionals – artists, managers, presenters, orchestras, labels, educators, press, media, publishers and more. Back in person after two years, host Seth Boustead traveled to Hannover to cover this extraordinary festival for Relevant Tones.  Featured music by Flex Ensemble, Kai Schumacher arranging and playing Steve Reich, Asambura Ensemble and Ayana Witter Johnson.
49:07
May 23, 2022
On The Radar
We listen to a lot of music here at Relevant Tones.  Here are a few new pieces currently on the radar for Matt Dotson and Austin Williams. Featured music includes Land by CARM, String Quartet No. 1 by Sophi Jani, For Ennio and Arctic horizon by Wøunds and I Know I'll Never Know by Masaya Ozaki.
01:00:12
May 16, 2022
Annika Socolofsky
Annika Socolofsky is a composer and avant folk vocalist who explores corners and colors of the voice frequently deemed to be "untrained" and not "classical."  Described as “unbearably moving” (Gramophone) and “just the right balance between edgy precision and freewheeling exuberance” (The Guardian), her music erupts from the embodied power of the human voice and is communicated through mediums ranging from orchestral and operatic works to unaccompanied folk ballads and unapologetically joyous Dolly Parton covers. MUSIC Shy One, Sweet One - Performed by Annika Socolofsky and Latitude Forty-Nine I Tell You Me - Performed by ~Nois and Annika Socolofsky The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows: silience - Performed by the Zöllner-Roche Duo Turadh - Performed by Parhelion Ensemble and Annika Socolofsky
59:52
May 09, 2022
Barry Paul Clark's Tontine Ensemble
Barry Paul Clark is an active composer, bassist and improvising musician and he’s a frequent collaborator with artists of all disciplines nationally and internationally. Host Austin Williams talks with him and features tracks from Tontine Ensemble’s latest release Dogma Protocols. MUSIC Dogma Protocol - Regeneration Dogma Protocol - Call Signal Dogma Protocol - Analysis Paralysis Dogma Protocol - Violence Milwaukee Ballet collaboration - Affixed Dogma Protocol - Splatter
54:53
May 02, 2022
Étude 21
Throughout the centuries composers have challenged performers to new heights of manual dexterity by writing études, pieces of music expressly designed to push the boundaries of what is technically possible. Host Stephen Anthony Rawson features a selection of 21st century études. Yannis Kyriakides, Karaoke Etudes has a graphical score element. Check out the video here https://youtu.be/F0T6DVhyedw?t=992
39:21
April 26, 2022
Found Technology
Composers Kelly Sheehan and Chi Wang are finding great creativity in everyday technological objects like Wii remotes.  Host Austin Williams gives us a glimpse into this fascinating musical world.
24:22
April 19, 2022
D-Composed
D-Composed is a Chicago-based chamber music experience that honors Black creativity and culture through the music of Black composers. Since 2017, they have created intimate, out-of-the-box experiences that celebrate a mix of genres and sounds of Black music throughout history.   Seth Boustead talks with founder and Executive Director Kori Coleman and violist and Artistic Director Yelley Taylor.
49:42
April 11, 2022
Terence Blanchard's Fire Shut Up in My Bones
New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow’s widely acclaimed memoir is the source for this extremely moving story of his traumatic youth in Louisiana.  Composer Terence Blanchard, one of the most influential figures in American jazz, teamed up with librettist Kasi Lemmons, director of such remarkable films as Harriet and Eve’s Bayou to create an opera adaptation of this remarkable story. The result is an an opera that is timely, moving and powerful, revealing the Black experience in this country as few other operas have done and it's currently at the Lyric Opera in Chicago.  Stephen Rawson talks with Blanchard and features excerpts from the opera, courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera. 
38:59
April 04, 2022
Nick Zoulek
Versatile saxophonist, composer and improviser Nick Zoulek specializes in an innovative technique that allows him to play multiple notes at the same time or use multiple techniques at the same time. Fluent in a wide range of idioms, Zoulek creates highly charged, often beautifully kinetic music that hits hard. Hosted by Austin Williams
49:02
March 28, 2022
Ensemble Dal Niente's OBJECT/ANIMAL
Dal Niente's latest release on SIDEBAND RECORDS features works by three composers using elements of pop, musique concrète and film music transformed into a contemporary classical music idiom.  Austin Williams talks with ensemble members Ben Melsky and Emma Hospelhorn about this remarkable recording.
55:12
March 22, 2022
Caroline Shaw
She's the youngest person to win the Pulitzer Prize for music, she toured with Kanye, and the Met Museum's Limor Tomer called her the "future of music." Caroline Shaw is a wildly successful composer, performer and producer who has created an impressive body of distinctly eclectic work.  Matt Dosland talks with her about life, music, oranges and eggs. 
01:00:24
March 14, 2022
Sarah Cahill - The Future is Female
Sarah Cahill’s The Future is Female is a three volume series, which celebrates and highlights women composers from the 17th century to the present day. These recordings feature more than 70 compositions by women around the globe and includes many première recordings. Austin Williams chats with Sarah ahead of the release of this extraordinary three-volume album on March 4th.
48:43
February 28, 2022
Tunes for Twosday
We celebrate Twosday (2/22/22) with antiphonal pieces selected by host Austin Williams.
40:28
February 22, 2022
Sounds From Ukraine
In 2015 we corresponded with several composers from Ukraine, at that time openly at war, about the challenges they faced. With Ukraine in the news again and the future again uncertain, we feature another small sample of the incredibly vibrant music being created by Ukranian composers today.  Music by Valentin Silvestrov, Bohdana Frolyak, Ludmila Yurina and Virko Baley. 
52:08
February 15, 2022
Elizabeth A. Baker
Eschewing the collection of traditional titles that describe single elements of her body of work, The Honourable Elizabeth A. Baker refers to herself as a “New Renaissance Artist” that embraces a constant stream of change and rebirth in practice, which expands into a variety of media, chiefly an exploration of how sonic and spatial worlds can be manipulated to personify a variety of philosophies and principles both tangible as well as intangible. Austin Williams talks to her about her latest album Remain Calm. 
51:32
February 08, 2022
Jimmy López Bellido
Award-winning composer Jimmy López Bellido has been performed by leading orchestras and his music has been heard in some of the world’s most prestigious venues. His opera based on the bestselling novel “Bel Canto” was premiered by Chicago Lyric Opera to great acclaim and he served as the Houston Symphony’s Composer-in-Residence from 2017 until 2020. Seth Boustead talks with him about his new album Aurora & Ad Astra featuring Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Leticia Moreno, and the Houston Symphony.
59:14
February 01, 2022
Angel Island Oratorio
Angel Island – Oratorio for Voices and Strings by Huang Ruo is inspired by the poems carved into the walls at the detention center at Angel Island Immigration Station during the Chinese Exclusion Act years. This new work, commissioned by the Del Sol Quartet, takes an unflinching look at discrimination and immigration issues in our nation, past and present.  Host Seth Boustead talks with Huang Ruo and founding violist of the Del Sol Quartet Charlton Lee.
45:33
January 24, 2022
Undying Love
Based on the rap song of the same title by Nas, Undying Love is a tragic love story set in 1960’s Queens, New York. Stephen Anthony Rawson talks with composer/librettist Steve Wallace and Artistic Director of Hearing in Color LaRob K. Payton about this collaborative project. 
23:36
January 18, 2022
Best Albums of 2021
2021 is a wrap!  Matt, Austin, Seth and Stephen choose some of our favorite album releases of the year including music by Pamela Z, Danielle Eva Schwob, Third Coast Percussion, Sergio and Clarice Assad and more!
58:07
December 30, 2021
Douglas Cuomo's Seven Limbs
Composer Douglas J. Cuomo’s Seven Limbs, written for and featuring Nels Cline and the Aizuri Quartet on Sunnyside Records is a ritual in seven movements, based on the Seven Limbs – a fundamental Tibetan Buddhist practice of purification.  Doug talks about the music and his collaborative experience with host Austin Williams.
56:04
December 14, 2021
Carla Kihlstedt's Necessary Monsters Live
Taped live as part of the third night of the 2021 Relevant Tones Festival, this is the album release party for Carla Kihlstedt and Rafael Oses' stunning collaborative project Necessary Monsters.  Necessary Monsters is a collaboration between composer/musician Carla  Kihlstedt and poet Rafael Osés. It is a contemporary song cycle based on  Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges’ Book of Imaginary Beings — a  collection of fantastical creatures culled from literary and  mythological traditions around the world. Seth Boustead talks with Carla, Rafael and author Stephen Asma.
01:01:16
December 06, 2021
Martín Quiroga
A cowboy from Texas, Martín Quiroga's music makes use of traditional compositional techniques and a unique harmonic language in order to honor the musical forms of the past while capturing the harmonic language of the present.  Stephen Anthony Rawson talks with him about his music and the Space City New Music Festival which he directs. 
52:03
November 29, 2021
Hearing In Color
Hearing In Color is a Chicago-based organization dedicated to sharing music, stories, and composers, that have been historically excluded from musical spaces, with its community.  Stephen Anthony Rawson talks with Artistic Director LaRob K. Payton and composer Steve Wallace. 
53:48
November 22, 2021
Jonathan Hannau - Pieces I wrote on a Cold Winter Night
Jonathan Hannau is a Chicago-based composer and pianist devoted to the  surreal, minimal, abstract, and colorful possibilities of music.  Austin Williams talks with him about his new album Pieces I Wrote on a Cold Winter Night. 
01:02:42
November 15, 2021
Brooklyn Rider
Hailed as the "future of chamber music," string quartet Brooklyn Rider is a powerful force for musical creativity. Matt Dosland talks with cellist Michael Nicolas about several recent projects.
53:35
November 10, 2021
Elijah Daniel Smith
Described by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as a “rising star”, composer Elijah Daniel Smith is quickly establishing himself as one of today’s leading young composers.  Longtime friend and fellow composer Austin Williams chats with him about a big new commission from the CSO and his approach to music-making. 
54:10
November 01, 2021
'Songs About Buildings and Moods' Live
For the second night of the Relevant Tones Tenth Anniversary Festival we were honored to welcome architect Daniel Libeskind and Open House New York's Dorothy Dunn to the stage.  We screened a special preview of several videos from Access Contemporary Music's upcoming Songs About Buildings and Moods video series exploring the intersection between music and architecture and had a fabulous discussion. 
59:23
October 25, 2021
'Useless Machines' Live
The opening night of the Relevant Tones Tenth Anniversary Festival featured an exciting multi-media concert of music inspired by Rube Goldberg machines. We were joined by Rube’s granddaughter Jennifer George who is also the director of the Rube Goldberg Institute, and an all-star roster of musicians for an unforgettable evening.
53:21
October 18, 2021
Reena Esmail
Indian-American composer Reena Esmail works between the worlds of Indian and Western classical music, and brings communities together through the creation of equitable musical spaces.
56:56
October 11, 2021
Annie Gosfield
Annie  Gosfield, whom the BBC called "A one woman Hadron collider" lives in  New York City and works on the boundaries between notated and improvised  music, electronic and acoustic sounds, refined timbres and noise. Her music is often inspired by the inherent beauty of found sounds,  such as machines, destroyed pianos, warped 78 rpm records and jammed  radio signals. Stephen Rawson talks with her about her life in music and features  excerpts of several key works including her opera War of the Worlds. (photo by Paula Court)
56:03
October 06, 2021
Daphne Oram's Still Point
In 1949 a 23-year old composer named Daphne Oram wrote a pioneering new work for two orchestras, live electronics and turntables that was subsequently lost for decades.  Only vague references survived until composer and archivist James Bulley rediscovered the complete score in 2015. He enlisted composer and turntable artist Shiva Feshareki to help him realize the electronics using the technology that would have been available to Oram. In 2018 the work was finally premiered at the BBC Proms. It was the first work of its kind and it is a masterpiece.
51:15
September 14, 2021
Thirsty Ears Live 2021
ACM's Thirsty Ears Festival is Chicago's only classical music street festival combining stellar performances with great craft beer from Empirical Brewing. We did an intimate live broadcast the night before from the ACM School of Music featuring performances by Michael Hall, the Wurtz-Berger Duo and the Quijote Duo.
38:00
August 30, 2021
inti figgis-vizueta
Composer inti figgis-vizueta writes "magically real musics through the lens of personal identities, braiding a childhood of overlapping immigrant communities and Black-founded Freedom schools—in Chocolate City (DC)—with direct Andean & Irish heritage and a deep connection to the land."  Stephen Rawson talks with them about music, poetry, magical realism and more.
58:29
August 23, 2021
Feminist Retellings of Myth
We feature three works that recast age-old myths from a woman's perspective. Milica Paranosic's Penelope and the Geese reimagines the Odyssey from Penelope's point of view.  We talk with her about the opera and feature three key scenes. And Marisa Michelson's Naama's Ark tells the flood myth from the perspective of Noah's wife and Salvatore Sciarrino's La Nuova Euridice lets Orpheus' famous bride tells her own story. Photo by charis isis
44:47
August 10, 2021
Palimpsests
A palimpsest is a manuscript whose original text has been scraped or washed away and overwritten with a new one, often many times over.  The original text is still present but visible only in fragments. This concept has inspired composers to overlay music in similar ways to fascinating effect. We feature a small sample of musical palimpsests. Music by Kevin Ernste, George Benjamin, Paul Novak and Gabriel Kahane.
42:17
August 02, 2021
Texu Kim
Texu Kim writes music that's fun, often humorous yet sophisticated, detailed and connected to his South Korean heritage in fascinating ways. He's also the only composer we know to offer "major-league cuteness” (Broadway World) while also demonstrating “surprising scope.” (San Diego Story)
58:44
July 20, 2021
Sonic Walkabout 2021
Access Contemporary Music's Sonic Walkabout is a fun way to explore a neighborhood and see and hear it as never before. ACM commissioned composers to write music inspired by historic and cultural sites in Chicago's Wicker Park and Lakeview neighborhoods and combined their musical creations with narrative storytelling. Music by Amy Wurtz, Amos Gillespie, Seth Boustead, Kyle Gregory Price, Trevor Patricia Watkin and Jonathan Hannau.
52:26
July 12, 2021
Tribute to Louis Andriessen
Trailblazing composer Louis Andriessen was one of the most influential composers of his generation.  Sadly, Andriessen passed away on July 1st of this year.  We talked to him in 2014 about his life in music and featured some of his best-known pieces.
58:19
July 06, 2021
UFO's Are Hot
They're on 60 Minutes, they're in the New York Times, they're the subject of an eagerly awaited report to Congress.  UFOs haven't been this hot since the '90's.  We feature music inspired by these celestial mysteries. Music by Michael Daugherty, Katherine Young and Philip Glass.
36:38
June 28, 2021
Songs for Children
In honor of Children's Day in the US we feature music written for and by kids of all ages.  Concept and research by Stephen Anthony Rawson, hosted by Seth Boustead.  Music by Karen Tanaka, Meredith Monk, inti figgis-vizueta and Osvaldo Golijov. 
54:05
June 21, 2021
Laura Schwendinger
Laura Elise Schwendinger is a composer whose strongly personal style of music is filled with kinetic energy and slow-burning intensity.  Feature music includes High Wire Act, Chiaroscuro Azzurro, Waking Dream and Esprimere for Cello and Orchestra.  Originally aired December 27, 2014. Produced by Jesse McQuarters
58:24
June 07, 2021
Seth Parker Woods
Hailed by The Guardian as “a cellist of power and grace” who possesses “mature artistry and willingness to go to the brink,” cellist Seth Parker Woods has established a reputation as a versatile artist straddling several genres. We talk with him and feature several of his collaborative projects.
56:42
May 19, 2021
Homage to Emily Dickinson
We commemorate the 135th anniversary of the death of great poet Emily Dickinson by featuring some of our favorite musical settings of her poems as well as music inspired by her. Music by Emily Lau, John Adams, Judith Weir and Lee Hoiby.
56:07
May 10, 2021
Sound of Silent Film Festival 2021
Access Contemporary Music presents the 16th annual Sound of Silent Film Festival featuring newly commissioned scores performed live to modern silent films in every genre. We chat with a few of the filmmakers and composers and play some great music.
01:03:12
May 04, 2021
M Lamar
M Lamar is a composer, artist, operatic countertenor and consummate performer who blends elements of horror, opera, African-American spirituals and B-movie camp to create spectacular, compellingly original music. We talk to him and feature music from two albums: Funeral Doom Spiritual and Surveillance Punishment and the Black Psyche.
59:35
April 27, 2021
Shelter Music
The American Composer's Alliance has been a force in new music for nearly a hundred years. During Covid they found a new way to serve their inspiring mission through a program called Shelter Music which facilitated dozens of creative collaborations.
58:04
April 20, 2021
New Focus Recordings Part II
Since 2004 New Focus Recordings has put out dozens of wildly creative albums by some of the most interesting figures in contemporary classical music every year.  Part 2 features conversation with label founder Daniel Lippel and music by Taylor Brooks, Colin Hinton, Robert Honstein, Dmitri Tymoczyko and Ryan Streber.
01:00:25
April 06, 2021
New Focus Recordings Part I
Since 2004 New Focus Recordings has put out dozens of wildly creative albums by some of the most interesting figures in contemporary classical music every year.  We talk with founder Daniel Lippel and feature a small sample of their incredible catalog in the first of a two-part series.
01:02:15
March 30, 2021
Alex Shapiro
Alex Shapiro is an accomplished composer who has created an impressive body of works in a wide arrange of styles while always staying true to her own personal vision. She is also a mentor to other composers and a tireless champion of new music. We talk with her and feature a small sample of her wonderful music.
59:16
March 22, 2021
Adam Marks
Adam Marks is a gifted, sensitive pianist with far-ranging interests and an insatiable appetite for new music. We talk with him about several recent projects including One Page Pieces, a new album of piano music by Alex Shapiro and a virtual program for the Omaha Under the Radar festival. Music by Jamie Evans, Conrad Tao, Johanne Heraty, Anselm McDonnell, Alex Shapiro, Eleanor Alberga and Philip Glass.
01:02:34
March 16, 2021
Heavy Metal String Quartets
We feature composers writing string quartets inspired by Heavy Metal in all its incarnations from Death Metal, Black Metal, Grindcore, Mathcore to Industrial Metal and more. Music by Earl Maneein, Gene Pritsker, Maria W. Horn, Nick Vasallo, Aeryn Santallan and Annie Gosfield
59:27
March 08, 2021
Still Life
Still life paintings encourage us to see everyday objects in a new context but, as applied to music, the still life concept has taken on a life of its own.  We feature several musical interpretations of the still life.
57:25
March 02, 2021
The Rhythm Method
As an ensemble of four composer-performers, The Rhythm Method strives to  reimagine the string quartet in a contemporary, feminist context.   They are Meaghan Burke, Marina Kifferstein, Leah Asher and Carrie Frey and their most recent album is A Few Concerns.
01:01:43
February 23, 2021
Songs for the End of Time Vol. 1
A new album by New York-based ensemble Founders presents a wildly imaginative interpretation of Olivier Messiaen’s classic chamber work Quartet for the End of Time. The result is a respectful homage to the transcendent beauty of the original work while also incorporating jazz, rock, and other non-classical styles.
01:02:28
February 15, 2021
Lunar New Year Celebration
We celebrate the beginning of the Year of the Ox with music by composers from countries that celebrate the lunar new year.
01:00:10
February 09, 2021
Tribeca New Music
For more than twenty years the Tribeca New Music Festival has brought bold new classical music infused with American pop culture to audiences in New York City and, increasingly, to the world. We talk with composer and Artistic and Executive Director Preston Stahly about their mission, history and creative pivots during the pandemic.
01:03:17
February 02, 2021
Palindromes
We celebrate a string of palindromic dates - 1/20/21 to 1/29/21 - with music written in palindromic form.  Music by Martha Horst, Ben Johnston, Frank J. Oteri, Andrew Norman, Ted Hearne, Joseph Schwantner and Bela Bartok.
56:48
January 25, 2021
Musical Utopias
We take a break from our chaotic world to listen to music from composers inspired by utopian visions from Ursula K. LeGuin, Thomas More, Plato, HG Wells, John Milton and Greek myth.
59:56
January 13, 2021