Category Avant Garde


Guitar Trevor Babb performs layered, multi-track electric guitar pieces by Reich, Lang and one by himself, amongst others. Play most!

New York

Avant-garde works from early 20th century forward (Varese, Carter, Reich, Cage and Feldman amongst others). Reich’s pieces with voice and tapes about WTC.


Bent Frequency Duo Project (sax & percussion) perform these avant and very abstract contemporary pieces.

Kevin Kastning & Mark Wingfield–The Line to Three

Continued improvisations for many-stringed guitars & electric guitar, one with piano,  percussion. Play!

Grant Cutler–Self Portrait

Mostly mellow, ambient pieces for piano, electronics, organ, also some strings and sax, one with voice.


A play on Beethoven, this trio performs a variety of new music ranging from pulsing electronic to minimalist and/or ambient. Play!

Hear in Now–Not Living in Fear

Nice melding of jazz, classical, avant and some folk, each piece composed by one of the trio (violin, cello, double base, some voice). Varying in tempi. Play most!

Stuart Saunders Smith–Full Circel

Flute- based avant-garde works, some with accompaniment ( guitar, percussion, piano, strings). Very accessible and variable. Play!

Simon Pironkoff–Skin.double

Works for quarter-tone accordion, some quite strident and grating, others not. Most with instrumental accompaniment (sheng, string trio, clarinet).

Taking Charge

The trio Assem3ly (percussion, flute & piano) performs contemporary pieces by various composers, some bordering avant. Play!


New pieces from composers of the Society of Composers for various instruments, classical to avant. Play!


Percussionist Christoph Sietzen performs a wonderful mix of modern/contemporary works for marimba or percussion. Play!

Salvatore Sciarrino–Complete Works for Violin and Viola

Very abstract, modern to new, primarily strident works, accessible.

Thomas DeLio–Selected Compositions (1972-2015)

Avant-garde works for tape (some slow starts) or piano or piano with voice and percussion. Interesting!

Yassen Vodenitcharov–Blue Echo

Highly stylized, staccato and varying pieces, contemporary. Play!


Pianist Vastek performs mostly ethereal pieces by Cage, Dennehy and Harrison, with instrumental accompaniment. Play most!

Fernando Bernadon–delight/delirium

An interesting mix of avant works with some jazz elements–vibes, piano, clarinet, harp, etc. in mixed configurations. Play!

Ross Feller–X/Winds

Fairly abstract, differing pieces for various instruments and mixes.

Ming Tsao–Plus Minus

Fairly abstract, intense works with a mix of instruments. Mirandas Atemwende is a chamber opera.

Stefan Aeby Trio–To the Light

A mix of somber, quiet classical/avant + jazz. Nice!

Kevin Kastning–A Connection of Secrets

Mr. Kastning’s latest solo effort of improvised, ambient and flowing guitar pieces. Plus one piano work! Play!

Lou Harrison–Violin Concerto

Modern works for violin with or without gamelan. “Double Music” composed with John Cage. Play!

Color Theory

Prism Quartet (saxophone) with percussion performing all contemporary pieces. Play!

The Living Earth Show Presents: Dance Music

Varying pieces from electric to lyrical, with percussion and electric guitar.