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Relevant Tones final programs - December 2018


After five years of syndication, Relevant Tones with Seth Boustead will not continue past the end of the year. The last episode of Relevant Tones will be titled Contemporary Vinyl.

12/1        Nels Cline Rolling Stone declared Nels Cline as one of the 20 “new guitar god” and one of the top 100 guitarist of all time. He may be best known as the guitarist of rock band Wilco, but he’s also a talented composer. Seth Boustead and Cline discuss his compositional style, making the bridge to classical, and the danger of classifying music.
12/8        Still Goldberg after All These Years Bach’s Goldberg Variations is thought to be one of the most important examples of the compositional technique that repeats material in an altered form. Over the years composers have used this style to create modern versions.
12/15      Douglas Cuomo’s Arjuna’s Dilemma Based on the Bhagavad Gita, a Sanskrit text that delves into the discussion between the divine Krishna and earthbound Arjuna, Douglas Cuomo’s Arjuna’s Dilemma draws from both Indian and western musical traditions to create a compelling musical drama. Cuomo joins Seth Boustead in the studio to talk about his composition.
12/22      Vanishing New York  Jeremiah Moss’ book, Vanishing New York inspired this program featuring the music of New York City composers who were an important staple of the '70's and '80's scene but were taken too soon. We’re honoring Julius Eastman, Arthur Russell, Tui St. German Tucker, and Ronald Roxbury by representing their works and stories.

12/29    Contemporary Vinyl  Old is new again as composers and performers return to the LP format for their latest releases. We’ll dust off our record player to feature a variety of new music released on vinyl including Brooklyn Rider, Yarn/Wire and Eighth Blackbird.