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Relevant Tones Tenth Anniversary Festival: Necessary Monsters

Saturday, October 16, 2021. 8:00 pm
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Necessary Monsters at Roulette 2021

Relevant Tones Tenth Anniversary Festival: Necessary Monsters

Saturday, October 16, 2021. 8:00 pm

Access Contemporary Music celebrates 10 years of its award-winning podcast Relevant Tones with a three-day festival featuring music and conversation on the topics of Rube Goldberg machines, the intersection of music and architecture, and monsters. The festival features the launch of a new video series called Songs About Buildings and Moods that features commissioned music performed live in landmark spaces like the TWA Hotel, Tammany Hall, and others.

Relevant Tones Festival Passes
See all three nights for $40

Night Three: Necessary Monsters
Saturday, October 16, 2021

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
Grace Ward: bass/electric bass
Clara Warnaar: drums/percussion
Rafael Osés: narrator

Speakers: Carla Kihlstedt, Stephen Asma


Access Contemporary Music is a non-profit with the mission of bringing musical creativity to life every day through concerts of the music of diverse living composers, digital media programs like our award-winning podcast Relevant Tones and video series Songs About Buildings and Moods, innovative commissioning project, festivals and through storefront music schools that teach musical creativity to all ages and backgrounds.

Relevant Tones Tenth Anniversary Festival is a coproduction between Access to Contemporary Music and Roulette.

Photo: Carla Kihlstedt by Peter Gannushkin.