Category Avant Garde

Craün – III [Hush Hush]

Do you like ambient music? This 5 track headphone cinema from Australian-based musician and sound designer Aris Hatzidakis is a good test. Composed as a musical gift to his daughter, the title reflects his growing family: husband, wife, and now child. This stuff is pure relaxation. Music for knitting, naps, or petting cats. Enjoy. Release […]

Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement – Venus Flytrap Exotica [Editions Gravats]

The name alone makes for an intriguing proposition: Venus Flytrap Exotica by Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement. Do I really want to know more? What the heck is this gonna sound like? With only two tracks, the total run time here is just over 7 minutes, but that’s still enough to whet your appetite for weird voodoo […]

Matthew Burtner–Glacier Music

Water sounds and added sonification of dying glaciers–ambient, sad and beautiful. Play!

Gene Pritsker–Eclectic Music Extravaganza Live

Wild, genre-mixing avant with jazz, classical, rock and electronic, shout voice. Trk 7 FCC in title at least. Lyrics were difficult for me to understand.

Alvin Curran–Endangered Species

Taking art songs, traditionals, etc. rendered fairly cacaphonous with all kinds of sounds, noises, voices of all kinds.

George Crumb–Makrokosmos I-III

Abstract, forceful works for amplified piano, percussion, some voice. “III” quite lyrical. Play!

Series Noir

TV and movie theme songs performed by sax with harp and electronics. Lots of ambient, meandering pieces by well-recognized composers–Glass, Richter, Des Plat, Zimmer…Play most!

The Scene of the Crime

A collection of pieces for trumpet with percussion, ranging from abstract, to highly lyrical marimba! Duddell’s and Brostrom’s works particularly nice!

Aaron Siegel–A Great Many

For percussion and clarinet, one piece 24 mins. long, lyrical, ambient.

Transient Canvas–Wired

Mostly slow, quiet and abstract works for marimba and bass clarinet. Play!

Saariaho X Koh

Finnish composer uses harmonics, microtones–abstract, wandering. Play most!

Elliott Sharp– Dispersion

Works both composed but with improvisation by musicians, very abstract. Each performance is different.

Anna Thorvaldsdottir–Aequa

With sounds, droning, dark, quiet, meandering pieces. Play!

Padma Newsome–The Vanity of Trees

Solo work by member of the Clogs, with voice, combining elements of folk, avant, classical and pop.

Strandgut

Wild, avant/garde works for sax/accordion/strings, all interesting and varied. Play/sample!

David Feurzig–Lingua Franca

UVM’s own David Feurzig here has a collection of fun, varied pieces for piano, viola, cello, voice, and mixes thereof. “Homages” are clever imitations of the styles of other composers. Play!

Kate Soper–Ipsa Dixit

Soprano/new music vocalist/composer Kate Soper here sings/talks texts of philosophers/ideas/language and expression. With musical accompaniment by Wet Ink Ensemble.

Kevin Kastning–30/36

Original compositions/improvisations for 36-string double contraguitar and 30-string contra-alto guitar (designed by the composer)–ambient, flowing, nice tone. Play!

Jordan Munson–Until My Last

Ambient, mostly slow, quiet  electronic works. “Anew” with voices, whisperings, flowing.

Mark Lackey–Fairy Tale

A mix of classical and avant works for an interesting variety of instruments (guitar, various winds, percussion, marimba, strings) and some re-mixes with electronics. Nice!

Stefano Scodanibbio–Alisei

Mostly slow, quiet works (some long) for double bass and strings. “Due Pezzi” faster. Play!

Luca Lombardi–Music for Solo Flute

Avant yet accessible peices for solo flute (alto, bass) Play!

Mask

Abstract, lovely works for marimba, including works by the performer, all composed from 1990’s on. Play!

Stuart Saunders Smith–New England

Abstract, abruptly changing, yet lovely vibraphone pieces. Play!

David Lang–Mystery Sonatas

Abstract, solo violin pieces, mostly slow and gracious. Play!