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

Hosted by composer Seth Boustead, 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.

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    • 4.8, 4 Ratings

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

Hosted by composer Seth Boustead, 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.

    Sound of Silent Film

    Sound of Silent Film

    Access Contemporary Music's popular Sound of Silent Film Festival features newly commissioned scores performed live to modern silent films. 

    2020 marks the 15th anniversary and they're celebrating with two ambitious programs presented virtually.  Seth talks with several of the filmmakers and composers about their inspiration and process and plays selections of the scores. 

    Find out more about the fest at acmusic.org.

    • 58 min
    Pandemic Dances

    Pandemic Dances

    Composers and performers are finding incredibly creative ways to continue connecting and making great music in the midst of a global pandemic. Seth talks with composers Suzanne Farrin, Gene Pritsker, Carlos Simon, Liza Sobel and Greg Bartholomew as well as countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo and American Composers Orchestra's Artistic Director Derek Bermel. 



    MUSIC

    Nacht (excerpt) by Suzanne Farrin
        
        Performed by: Suzanne Farrin, ondes Martenot
                                   Alice Teyssier, voice
                                   Ross Karre, percussion
                                   Randall Zigler, bass
                                   Nuiko Wadden, harp
                                   Ryan Streber, audio engineer


    Pandemic Dance #32 and #30 by Gene Pritsker

         Performed by: Carson Cooman, organ
                                    Kristof Knoch - bass clarinet
                                    Gene Pritsker - electric guitar

    Another Rising by Carlos Simon
    Presented as part of American Composers Orchestra's Connecting ACO Community 

         Performed by: Anthony Roth Constanzo, counter tenor
                                    Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Dianne Berkun Menaker - Founder and Artistic Director
                                    Brian Losch, sound editing and mixing



    Reverse Forward by Liza Sobel

        Performed by the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Ken-David Masur - conductor


    Fire and Ice and Prairie Spring by Greg Bartholomew
        Performed by: Matt Curtis


    Useless Machines for Thinking, Dreaming, Feeling
    mvmt 3 Mind Fire by Seth Boustead

        Performed by Ford Fourqurean - bass clarinet
                                   David Keller - cello
                                   Henry Zheng - violin

    • 1 hr 5 min
    What's the Narrative? - Part 2

    What's the Narrative? - Part 2

    Narrative is an important aspect of both music and storytelling.  Seth talks with composers Nathalie Joachim and David T. Little and writer J. Robert Lennon about how they structure their music and stories.

    We’ll hear music performed by cellist Nicholas Photinos and pianist Yasuko Oura and chat with them about their perspectives on narrative  structure in the works they’re performing.

    Air Date: May 1, 2020 8:00 EDT 

    This program was streamed live to Facebook and YouTube.  Don’t worry, we were all safe at home…


    MUSIC
    Dam Mwen Yo by Nathalie Joachim
    Whitespace by Seth Boustead
    Sonnets by Andrew Norman
    1) with shifting change
    2) to be so tickled
    3) my tongue-tied muse
    4) so far from variation
    5) confounded to decay 

    Song of Songs by Karen Tanaka  
    and the sky was still there by David T. Little

    • 43 min
    What's the Narrative? - Part 1

    What's the Narrative? - Part 1

    Narrative is an important aspect of both music and storytelling.  Seth talks with composers Nathalie Joachim and David T. Little and writer J. Robert Lennon about how they structure their music and stories.

    We’ll hear music performed by cellist Nicholas Photinos and pianist Yasuko Oura and chat with them about their perspectives on narrative  structure in the works they’re performing.

    Air Date: May 1, 2020 8:00 EDT
    Location: The comfort of your couch (though we know you’re probably sick of that by now)

    This program was streamed live to Facebook and YouTube.  Don’t worry, we were all safe at home…



    MUSIC
    Dam Mwen Yo by Nathalie Joachim
    Whitespace by Seth Boustead
    Sonnets by Andrew Norman


    with shifting change
    to be so tickled
    my tongue-tied muse
    so far from variation
    confounded to decay

    Song of Songs by Karen Tanaka
    and the sky was still there by David T. Little

    • 45 min
    Stargazing: Part 2

    Stargazing: Part 2

    According to a recent article in the New Yorker, "astrology is currently enjoying a broad cultural acceptance that hasn’t  been seen since the nineteen-seventies. The shift began with the advent  of the personal computer, accelerated with the Internet, and has reached  new speeds through social media."

    This live broadcast from Caveat in Manhattan features conversation with celebrity astrologers Rebecca Gordon  (Dr. Oz, Harpers Bazaar) and Sam Reynolds (Bill Nye) about sun signs, the  western zodiac versus Chinese zodiac and what you can do if through no fault of your own you were born under a bad sign and are, consequently, a bit of a jerk.   



    Music in Part 2 includes
    Run Rabbit Run (excerpts) by Sufjan Stevens

    Enjoy Your Rabbit
    Year of the Rooster
    Year of the Ox
    Year of the Horse
    Year of the Boar



    Performed by the Osso Quartet

    • 44 min
    Stargazing: Part 1

    Stargazing: Part 1

    According to a recent article in the New Yorker, "astrology is currently enjoying a broad cultural acceptance that hasn’t  been seen since the nineteen-seventies. The shift began with the advent  of the personal computer, accelerated with the Internet, and has reached  new speeds through social media."

    This live broadcast from Caveat in Manhattan features conversation with celebrity astrologers Rebecca Gordon  (Dr. Oz, Harpers Bazaar) and Sam Reynolds (Bill Nye) about sun signs, the  western zodiac versus Chinese zodiac and what you can do if through no fault of your own you were born under a bad sign and are, consequently, a bit of a jerk.

    Music in Part 1 includes

    Sun in Virgo by Peri Mauer
    Zodiac by Marc Mellits

    Performed by:
    Peter Ferry - marimba
    Ford Fourqurean - clarinet

    • 35 min

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