Category Avant Garde

Steve Tibbetts–Life Of

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

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 […]


Avant-garde compositions with a mix of short wave radio, electronics and/or instruments, from 1968. All very short.

Johnny Jewel – Themes for Television [Italians Do It Better]

A collection of ambient material intended for the “Twin Peaks” series reboot makes a surprise drop via the indie label Italians Do It Better. Jewel composed close to 20 hours of music for the show, and submitted nearly 7 hours of complete compositions intended for use in production– All were ultimately rejected by creator David […]

Returning to Heights Unseen–New Music for Flute

Very abstract works for flute, electronics and sounds.

The Hands Free

Wild mix of classical/avant-garde and bluegrass–banjo, accordion, strings.

Terry Riley–Dark Queen Mantra

String works by Riley and Scodanibbio. Riley’s sweet with guitar, Scodanibbio’s Baroque-like with some atonality. Play!

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!


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!