#367 Vivian Fung

JUNO Award-winning composer Vivian Fung has a unique talent for combining idiosyncratic textures and styles into large-scale works, reflecting her multicultural background.  Matthew Dotson talks with her about her upcoming opera and new string quartet projects with the Jasper Quartet. MUSIC String Quartet No. 1 mvmt 3 "pizzicato" (excerpt) - Performed by the Jasper Quartet … Continue reading #367 Vivian Fung

#366 Chamber Music America Showcases

The country's largest chamber music conference was back this year after a three-year hiatus and Relevant Tones was there. One of the highlights of the conference was two days of incredible ensemble showcases at Drom in lower Manhattan. We feature audio recorded live at these showcases from Shouthouse, Interwoven, the Beo String Quartet and the … Continue reading #366 Chamber Music America Showcases

#365 Nina Shekhar

Nina Shekhar is a composer who explores the intersection of identity, vulnerability, love, and laughter to create bold and intensely personal works. Described as “tart and compelling” (New York Times), “vivid” (Washington Post), and “surprises and delights aplenty” (LA Times), her music has been commissioned and performed by numerous leading artists. Since 2021, Shekhar has … Continue reading #365 Nina Shekhar

#364 Tokyo to New York

Clarinetist Thomas Piercy's Tokyo to New York project presents masterpieces from 20th century Japanese avant-garde composers alongside newly commissioned works from New York City composers of today. The result is a fascinating collision of musical worlds. All of the music featured was performed live in a recent concert at the Martha Graham Dance Studio in … Continue reading #364 Tokyo to New York

#363 Best Albums of 2022

It's that time again! Here are our very favorite albums from 2022 chosen by Relevant Tones hosts Austin Williams, Matthew Dosland, Stephen Anthony Rawson and Seth Boustead. FEATURED ALBUMS Pripyat by Marina Herlop A Thousand Butterflies by Aftab Darvishi Ghost Song by Cécile McLorin Salvant  Evergreen by Caroline Shaw and the Attaca Quartet  What is … Continue reading #363 Best Albums of 2022

#362 Lakota Music Project Part 2

Welcome to part two of our series with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and their work with the Lakota Music Project. Today’s episode will largely be about traditional Lakota vocal techniques and incorporating it in the context of the symphony orchestra. Jared Tate is a native Chickasaw composer and pianist who approached David Gier about doing a … Continue reading #362 Lakota Music Project Part 2

#361 Lakota Music Project Part 1

Relevant Tones has the honor and privilege to present this two part series on the music from South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and their Lakota Music Project. This project is a powerful collaboration between native Lakota music and the symphony orchestra. Joined on the interview is Music Director Delta David Gier and special soloist Bryan Akipa. … Continue reading #361 Lakota Music Project Part 1

#360 Japanese Mandolin music

For over a century, Japanese mandolin orchestras and clubs have been performing and commissioning music, broadening the instrument’s repertoire and genres with diverse artistic voices. Join host Stephen Anthony Rawson as we listen to a sample of music by Yasuo Kuwahara, Takashi Yoshimatsu, Yoshinao Kobayashi, and more!

#359 Regina Harris Baiocchi

Regina Harris Baiocchi is a prolific and highly accomplished composer, poet, author and educator. At home in seemingly any musical genre, her music has been performed by classical ensembles like the Chicago and Detroit Symphonies, on jazz festivals, sacred music festivals and everywhere in between. PLAYLIST Sketches for Piano Trio, mvmt 1 Sketches for the … Continue reading #359 Regina Harris Baiocchi

#358 Matt Mcbane’s Bathymetry with sandbox percussion

Sandbox percussion partners up with Composer/Performer Matt McBane on an 8-movement virtuosic underwater adventure. Drawing on classical minimalism, electronic production, ASMR Youtube videos, and the diverse landscape of ambient modular synth music, Bathymetry features McBane’s Moog synth with Sandbox Percussion on a mix of found instruments (mixing bowls, ping pong balls, glass bottles, etc.), orchestral percussion (vibraphone, tam tam, etc.), and … Continue reading #358 Matt Mcbane’s Bathymetry with sandbox percussion