Relevant Tones 10th Anniversary Festival

For ten years ACM’s award-winning podcast Relevant Tones has covered the most exciting time in classical music history: right now.  We celebrate this exciting milestone with an ambitious three-day live-taped festival.

Each show features music and conversation on a given theme including Rube Goldberg machines, the intersection of music and architecture and the monsters that live in the heads of each one of us.

The festival is October 14-16 at Roulette Intermedium in Brooklyn.  Tickets are $25 per show or $40 for a festival pass.  Don’t miss this exciting live-taped podcast festival!  Tickets will be on sale through Roulette starting in August.

Useless Machines
October 14, 8:00 PM
Cartoonist Rube Goldberg’s intricately complex contraptions have inspired everyone from the classic Mousetrap game to Pee Wee Hermann, and the Rube Goldberg machine has become a household name.

This concert features music inspired by and incorporating Rube Goldberg machines and conversation with Jennifer George, Goldberg’s granddaughter, the author of numerous books about Goldberg and the director of the Rube Goldberg Institute.

Rube G. by Frank London
Rube Goldberg Variations by Dmitri Tymoczko
Water Walk by John Cage
Useless Machines for Thinking, Dreaming, Feeling
by Seth Boustead

Music performed by Unheard-of Ensemble and the Kings County Brass Band
Featuring dancers from Jody Oberfelder’s studio

Songs About Buildings and Moods
Friday, October 15, 8:00 PM
The exciting launch of a new series exploring the intersection of music and architecture, Songs About Buildings and Moods is an artistic interpretation of historically and culturally relevant spaces.

The series skips the usual scientific and acoustical ways of thinking about music and architecture and instead asks, how does this building make us feel? How does this music make us feel?

Eero by Stephanie Ann Boyd (Eero Saarinen’s TWA Flight Center)
Surrounding Elements by Amos Gillespie (Frank Lloyd Wright’s Emil Bach House)
Deliverance by Regina Baiochi (Walter Bailey’s First Church of Deliverance)
City Music by Chiayu Hsu (Henry C. Koch’s City Hall in Milwaukee)
Eliza by Nailah Nombeko (Morris-Jumel mansion)
Rebirth by Liza Sobel (Theaster Gates’ Stony Island Arts Bank)

Music performed by members of Ensemble Connect

Necessary Monsters
Saturday, October 16, 8:00 PM
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.

With an all-star 10-piece band as your guide, Necessary Monsters takes you on a psychological safari to visit with some of these chimeras living in the fertile landscape of our collective mind, each one a manifestation of our complicated humanness.

This show celebrates the long-awaited release of the Necessary Monsters limited edition book/album.

THE BAND: Carla Kihlstedt (violin/voice), Eddy Kwon (viola/voice), Emily Hope Price (cello/voice), Melissa Weikart (piano/voice), Marié Abe (accordion), Cole Kamen-Green (trumpet), Wendy Eisenberg (guitars), Jon Evans (bass/electric bass), Clara Warnaar (drums/percussion), Rafael Osés (narrator)