Category Avant Garde

David Haney–Birth of a City

Meandering mix of avant, jazz, trombone blurts, strings and improvisations for quartets.

Futurism and Early Italian Avant-Garde

From early 20th century solo piano–variable Italian works, Malpiero’s nice!

Rand Steiger–Coalescence Cycle Vol. 1 soloists and electronics

Evocative works for solo or duos–note titles for inferring music. Play!

Giorgio Netti–necessita d’interrogare il cielo

Very avant works for solo sax, keening, warbling, meandering.

Hannah Lash–Filigree

Jack Quartet performs these very abstract, plucking to flowing works. Trk 8 fairly dissonant.

Suzanne Ciani – Flowers of Evil [Finders Keepers]

Absolutely weird music for the Buchla Synthesiser and voice based on the poem Elevation by Charles Baudelaire. Originally recorded in 1969, it proved too future. The album quickly faded into obscurity, and is being released on vinyl for the first time this July. Frankly, it just isn’t music. Your party guests or pod mates are […]

John Zorn–Cat O’ Nine Tails

As is the norm for Zorn, dissonance, cacophony vs silence and lyricism.

Erika Fox–Paths

Abrupt rhythmic changes, staccato beats, with various instrumental combinations. Sample longer pieces.

Soli for Tuba, Zheng, Horn, with Percussion

The McCormick Percussion Group performs abstract, varying works with varied instrumental combinations. Those with zheng are particularly nice!

Morton Feldman–for Bunita Marcus

With his trademark quiet, slowness, these are  solo piano works that are flowing, with rhythmic  changes, spaces, minimalist. Nice!

Will Healy & Shouthouse–Cityscapes

A mix of pieces with classical/avant/jazz/electronic and rap voice, inspired by New York City.

Daniel Wohl–Etat

Electroacoustic works with a nice variety of instruments, varied rhythms.

Rebecka Sofia Ahvenniemi–Tacit-Citation

Fairly abstract works for electronics, fixed media, voice and/or instruments. Instrumentals interesting.

Donnacha Dennehy–Surface Tension

Two pieces, one for percussion (minimalist) the other for string ensemble, winds, percussion, building to dissonance.

Richard Carr–Places I’ve Walked

Lovely, evocative works for a variety of instruments, inspired by his world-wide treks. Environmental sounds, voices in addition to instruments. Play!

Speak, Be Silent

Four contemporary composers, quiet or staccato or loud. All pieces very different.

Michele Rabbia, Gianluca Petrella, Eivind Aarset–Lost River

Meandering, improvised pieces for drums, electronics, trombone, guitar. Pieces are varied, some more electronic/avant than others. Play!

Daniel Elms–Islandia

Electro/acoustic pieces, minimal, lyrical, all inspired by the people and places of NE England. Nice!

Jeffrey Brooks–The Passion

Three pieces for amplified large ensemble, rhythmically varying. Play/sample!

Thad Anderson–Lines & Spaces

Compositions for percussion, strings, live processing using his “duration lines” theory–building layers of sound–ambient, minimialist, nice!

Clemens Christian Poetzsch

Based on piano, electronics, some strings, these are ethereal, flowing and mostly quiet works. Play!

Refracted Resonance

Rhythmically varying, producing interesting sounds from the guitar. Play/sample!

Hypothetical Islands

Varying works for reed quintet, ambient, flowing to staccato. Play or sample!

William Brittelle–Spiritual America

Mix of rock, chorus, electronics and song, about America.

Equivocal Duration

What Is Noise ensemble (strings, wind, piano, percussion) performs these very interesting pieces inspired by highly differing subjects: art, the Spanish descanso in funerals, Roanoke colonialists and the world today. Play!