Category Avant Garde

Franco Donatoni–Chamber Works

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

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!

Francois Rosse–Metissage

Avant garde pieces for saxophone and piano–silences, blats, but mostly quiet and slow.

Zvonomir Nagy–Liquescence

Ambient, slow pieces with silences and some  nice acoustics!


TV Soundtrack for the HBO series about religious persecution in Britain, written as a Western–ominous, droning, tense pieces for prepared piano and other instruments and electronics.

Robert Morris–Rippling

Two long, electroacoustic pieces with water sounds and voice. Sample.

Matteo Liberatore–Solos

Acoustic guitar with tools, odd sounds emanating, few chords. One piece recognizable as guitar!

Kevin Kastning & Sandor Szabo–Ethereal I

Improvisations for piano, contra-stringed guitar and electric guitar. Meandering, as the title suggests, ethereal. Play!

John Cage & Tom Johnson

Nice mix of pieces for all (or any!) instruements and one with voice counting. Johnson’s “Rational Melodies” are particularly striking. Play!

Steven Kemper–Mythical Spaces

Inspired by myths, electro-acoustic with robotic instruments. Mostly quiet with slow starts.


A mix of pieces, classical, avant, discordant, to more lyrical and playful. Some with harpsichord.

Pierre-Adrien Charpy–Sillages

Two very different CDs. One is electroacoustic, with some voice. CD 2 is voice with organ in Renaissance style.

Dan Trueman–Olagon–A Cantata in Doublespeak

Poems/songs performed in English and Gaelic with Eighth Blackbird accompanying.  Interesting music on CD 1, contemporary. CD 2 is more traditional and even Renaissance.

Long Roll

Composer/percussionist and professor–some of these pieces were written as a tribute to him, others by composers ffrom 1927 on, all modern.

The Seven Fields of Aphelion–keep the ocean inside

Maureen Boyle, known as the Seven Fields of Aphelion, performs these ambient electronica pieces, some with instruments and voice, mostly slow and quiet.

Bobby Previte–Terminals

Five pieces for percussion ensemble–the first three fairly aggressive, Terminals D & E feature marimba and others. Play!

Bang on a Can Allstars–More Field Recordings

Cantaloupe “house” band Bang on a Can Allstars continue their recordings of contemporary/avant-garde works of a variety of composers, including Nico Muhly, Dan Deacon, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Richard Reed Parry and others. Ranges from dissonant to accessible, highly varying pieces.

Christopher Biggs–Decade Zero

These are works for instruments and electronics, ranging from cacaphonous and dissonant to accessible  (clarinet pieces.)

Scott Wollschleger–Soft Aberrations

String pieces with mixed with vocals, abstract,  accessible.

John Adams–Alarm Will Sound Meet the Composers

With  explanations of the works, two pieces by Adams, Chamber Symphony and Son of Chamber Symphony–gracious, busy, repetitive.

Jesse Jones–Ephemera

Varied pieces for different instrumental combos + voice in some–lyrical or somewhat eerie. Sample due to length.

David Virelles–Gnosis

Hard to describe as this CD has pieces that are equally both classical, jazz and avant in both, with elements of Cuban music. Play!

Mara Gibson–Sky-Born

Abstract, staccato-stopped pieces for piano, or sax or strings.