Category Avant Garde


Aizuri Quartet performs abstract, new pieces written for them, all American composers, ranging from intense, to quiet. Play most! Advertisements

John Cage–The Works for Piano vol. 10

Staccato, abrupt changes, forceful banging, very abstract but accessible solo piano.

Connor Youngblood – Cheyenne

Soft, melodic indie sound. Great ambiance. Label: Counter Records Play: 2, 5, 8, 10, 13 FCC: Clean RIYL: Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes

EOS Guitar Quartet–20+

Covering 20 yrs of recordings, these include a variety of genres: Jazz, New Age, world, avant and classical. Play most!

Scott Barton–Stylistic Alchemies

HIghly electronic, abstract works for guitar, some voice, strings. Interesting!

Bruno Giner–Chamber Music

Raucous works for an interesting mix of instruments, most long. Sample.

Zeno Baldi–Bonsai

Somewhat atonal, abstract and electronic works for varied instruments and effects. Interesting! Play!

New Jersey Percussion Ensemble at 50 Vol. 1

Concertos ranging from lyrical, percussive and zany. Play!

Robbie Lee and Mary Halvorson–Seed Triangular

Avant-garde/folk with 1800’s era instruments (guitar, banjo, baroque flutes, clarinet)–wild!

Connect–electronic works for guitar

Classical guitarist Jakob Bangso here performs pieces manipulated with electronics, a mix of lyrical and avant-garde. \

Esther Lamneck–Tarogato Constructions

A single reed instrument from Romania and Hungary, the tarogato here is combined with electronic manipulation. Play most!

Eric Salazar–Soul Search

Clarinet and electronics, mostly ambient although trk 7 has voice and percussive rhythm.

Jane Antonia Cornish–Constellations

Ambient works for strings, piano and electronics. Nice!

Issam Rafea and Gao Hong–life as is

Beautiful improvisations for oud and pipa, a combination of elements from Syria and China. Play!

Lou Harrison–Works for Percussion, Violin and Piano

Most of these works were composed between 1940 and 1960 (one co-composed with John Cage!). “Varied Trio” (1987) reflects his interest in Balinese music. Play!

Robert Honstein–An Economy of Means

Lovely minimalist pieces for vibraphone or piano. Play all!

Jarvis and Friends Vol. 1

Improvisational duos for percussion/vibraphone and horn or accordion. A mix of lyricism and wildness!

Kevin Kastning & Balazs Major–Kismaros

Further explorations and improvisations for percussion and 30 string contra-alto guitar. Play!

Jenny Olivia Johnson–Sylvia Songs

Songs for an hommage to Plath’s work and living places, with instruments, electronics and tape.

Actress + London Contemporary Orchestra – LAGEOS [Ninja Tune]

An ongoing collaboration between Darren Cunningham and LCO has blossomed into a full 10 track album that mixes classic Actress with contemporary classical music.  It’s upbeat, stringy, repetitive, and blurry– a waning hybrid between techno and acoustic melodies that will excite some and annoy others. Release Date: 5/25/2018 Play: 4, 6, 7, 9 RIYL: Daniel […]

Leon Vynehall – Nothing is Still [Ninja Tune]

Debut album on the mighty Ninja Tune label from seasoned British dance producer Leon Vynehall is fluid indeed, and nothing short of epic. Inspired by his Grandparents emigration from England to New York City, Vynehall created a concept record blending classical and ambient music that is a far cry from his previous, more club-oriented releases. […]

James Tenney–Harmonium

Heavy on strings used with droning and repetition, rising and with voices and other instruments. Trks 3 + 4 mimic Asian instruments. Sample.

Marc Mellits–Smoke

Highly varying works with jazz, funk, rock, classical for a nice mix of instruments: marimba, guitar, strings and sax. Play!

Steve Tibbetts–Life Of

Quiet, ambient guitar with cello and percussion, jazz based with classical elements. Nice!

Rasmus Juncker – Ophold [Kingdoms]

The debut album from Danish musician Rasmus Juncker lands somewhere between modern classical and noisey electronica. “I used multiple microphones on the same sound sources and manipulated them into completely new sounds,” Juncker noted. The resulting 6 track album is composed entirely from first take compositions that were later arranged and layered by Juncker. Music […]