Category Avant Garde

Igor Karaca–Handful of Dust

Bosnian composer living in Sarajevo during the siege reflects the melancholy and chaos through these vary different pieces based in saxophone. Play! Advertisements


Robert Young and group performs abstract, contemporary pieces that are a mix of classical, jazz and avant-garde. Play most!


Classical/avant-garde works for violin, by Rothenberg, Mazzoli and Futing among others. Some screeching, but not all.

Subtle Degrees–A Dance That Empties

Three movements (long) for saxophone and percussion. Mvts 1 & 2 more flowing, mvt 3 cacophonous.

Kevin Kastning–17/66

As the composer describes, “harmonic blocks” compositions with contra and extended classical guitar. Nice!

A Breath Upwards

Variable pieces for soprano, intense accompaniment with viola, horn and/or clarinet. Pieces by Milton Babbitt and Michael Hersch.

dream–American Music for Electric Guitar

This is a stunning album! An excellent mix of pieces either for or transcribed for electric guitar or electric bass by many of the well-known contemporary/avant-garde composers: Lang, Cage, Wolff, Polansky, Sharp, Feldman and more. Sergio Sorrentino performs. Play, play, play!

Tigue–strange paradise

Tigue is a percussion trio. These 3 long pieces are ambient, hypnotic and minimalist. Nice! Sample.

Morton Feldman–For John Cage

One long piece (71 mins) in Feldman’s characteristic style: minimal, slow, very quiet, for violin and piano. Nice! Sample.

Yuko Fujiyama–night wave

A mix of lyrical, abstract, even odd works for piano, violin, percussion and horn. Eclectic!

Steffen Schleiermacher–Sound and Colour

Inspired by the visual arts, these are very interesting pieces for sax quartet or flute, piano & percussion trio. Play or sample!


Interesting mix of western and Asian instruments, some with layered tracks, others less complex. Play!

Thomas Stronen–Time Is A Blind Guide

Classical and jazz/avant-garde–ambient, flowing strings, drum and piano. Nice!

Michael Winter–Lower Limit

Works for guitars + other strings with micro tunings, minimalist sound, following algorithms. Sample.

Peter Garland–Moon Viewing Music (Inscrutable Stillness Studies #1)

These are slow, ambient, similar, restful pieces for gongs and tam-tam, as the subtitle suggests. Play!

John Luther Adams–Everything That Rises

One single piece for strings, ambient, building slowly over time. Sample!

Mark Applebaum–Speed Dating

Diverse pieces, voice or strings, and/or computers, interesting, with some political commentary.

Samir Odeh-Tamimi–Alif & Other Pieces

Very abstract works for bass horns, strings, piano or ensemble, with silences, odd sounds or droning tones. Play or sample most!

Invisible Anatomy–Dissections

Classical/avant-garde/rock & voice with strings, keyboards, computers and percussion ranging from ambient to more forceful.

Shadow Etchings–New Music for Flute

Except for the 1st tr., very abstract pieces, trk 4 with droning voice.

MAKrotonal–Microtonal Guitar

Beautiful, Baroque-like and contemporary pieces for microtonal guitar. Play!

Franco Donatoni–Chamber Works

Interesting collection of works for solo instruments (harp, piccolo, clarinet) and ensembles including  harpsichord–abstract, stylized.

Gene Pritsker’s Sound Liberation–Rite Through an Eclectic s

The Rites of Spring in Pritsker’s wildly creative adaptation–raucous, jazz/classical/avant/rock.

William Price–RUSH HOUR

Electroacoustic pieces some with cello, or sax, and a wide range of sounds: H2o, crackles, crashes, plinks…


Works for two violins ranging from squeaky, plucky to lyrically rhythmic. Play most!