Doors at 9:30PM
Advance $29 | At the Door $34
About the Show
Returning audiences to the glory days of live radio broadcasts, Late Night at National Sawdust is a collaboration between Open G Records and Access Contemporary Music on a quarterly concert series airing live on Relevant Tones, the world’s only weekly syndicated contemporary music radio program.
The evening also features a pre-broadcast open reading session in which Open G musicians will read through works received through a call for scores. We’ve received more than 600 scores to date from composers around the world and four of them will be chosen to be read live and up to two may be featured on the next broadcast.
“I grew up listening to live broadcasts of classical music on the radio and thought it was absolutely magical. It’s an honor to be part of this continuing tradition and especially exciting that we’re featuring new music from a diverse range of composers around the world.”
“I’m excited to be a part of Late Night at National Sawdust because of the connection between old and new media. As a performer I always see myself as just part of a centuries-old line of working musicians, and in this case it’s really exciting to be part of a live classical music broadcast, again as a continuation of a tradition from the first half of the 20th century. I’m really looking forward to the experience of giving world premieres on the radio, and having that happen at National Sawdust.”
Clarinetist, founder and President Open G Records.
An eclectic and versatile performer, clarinetist Chris Grymes’ playing was recently praised by The New York Times for his “acuity” and The Baltimore Sun for his “admirable technical and expressive strengths”. Equally at home in traditional and modern classical music, Chris is a strong proponent of exposing the process of the creation of art, commissioning and premiering many new works ranging from pieces for solo clarinet to concertos with orchestra, most recently giving the world premiere of Jeremy Gill’s “Notturno Concertante” with the Harrisburg Symphony. Always striving to “pull back the curtain”, Chris also writes about music and life, does podcast interviews of musicians and artists, and even livestreams his daily practice.
Composer, Host of Relevant Tones and founder and Executive Director of Access Contemporary Music.
Seth Boustead is a composer, radio host, arts manager and writer, concert producer, in-demand speaker and visionary with the goal of revolutionizing how and where classical music is performed and how it is perceived by the general public. As a composer he has forged a unique and highly personal identity through pieces that are regularly performed and heard on radio broadcasts around the world. Seth is the founder and Executive Director of Access Contemporary Music and he is the host of Relevant Tones, the world’s only internationally syndicated contemporary music radio program.
Open G Records
Open G Records is a philosophy as much as a state-of-the-art record label. We pursue perfection with a highly curated artist roster and adhere to the strictest standards of recording and performance practices, delivering the highest quality traditional and modern classical music releases. Besides producing recordings and live performances, Open G is dedicated to tearing down the “fourth wall”, bringing artists and listeners together by livestreaming our process in real time, bringing an intimate look into the world of recording and performing artists, and by serving as a nexus of ideas through online posts about music, art, the creative process and life in general.
Access Contemporary Music
Access Contemporary Music began in 2004 when composer, radio host and new music advocate Seth Boustead had the idea to assemble musicians every week to read through, record and post music by living composers. From that project, ‘Weekly Readings’, came collaborations and commissions with ensembles and composers around the world, our Sound of Silent Film Festival, the ACM School of Music, serving 300 students in four locations, and collaborations with Open House projects in four cities. Today, ACM operates on an annual budget of a half million dollars and employs twenty-five teachers, staff, and musicians in Chicago, New York and Barcelona.
Relevant Tones is the world’s only weekly syndicated radio program featuring the music of living composers. With composers, men and women, from nearly every country in the world writing new classical music, we believe that the golden era for our art form is happening now. Through syndication and our podcast, Relevant Tones is heard by approximately 250,000 people every week.