Category Avant Garde
Interesting collection of works for solo instruments (harp, piccolo, clarinet) and ensembles including harpsichord–abstract, stylized. Advertisements
The Rites of Spring in Pritsker’s wildly creative adaptation–raucous, jazz/classical/avant/rock.
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!
Avant garde pieces for saxophone and piano–silences, blats, but mostly quiet and slow.
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.
Two long, electroacoustic pieces with water sounds and voice. Sample.
Acoustic guitar with tools, odd sounds emanating, few chords. One piece recognizable as guitar!
Improvisations for piano, contra-stringed guitar and electric guitar. Meandering, as the title suggests, ethereal. Play!
Nice mix of pieces for all (or any!) instruements and one with voice counting. Johnson’s “Rational Melodies” are particularly striking. Play!
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.
Two very different CDs. One is electroacoustic, with some voice. CD 2 is voice with organ in Renaissance style.
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.
Composer/percussionist and professor–some of these pieces were written as a tribute to him, others by composers ffrom 1927 on, all modern.
Maureen Boyle, known as the Seven Fields of Aphelion, performs these ambient electronica pieces, some with instruments and voice, mostly slow and quiet.
Five pieces for percussion ensemble–the first three fairly aggressive, Terminals D & E feature marimba and others. Play!
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.
These are works for instruments and electronics, ranging from cacaphonous and dissonant to accessible (clarinet pieces.)
String pieces with mixed with vocals, abstract, accessible.
With explanations of the works, two pieces by Adams, Chamber Symphony and Son of Chamber Symphony–gracious, busy, repetitive.
Varied pieces for different instrumental combos + voice in some–lyrical or somewhat eerie. Sample due to length.
Hard to describe as this CD has pieces that are equally both classical, jazz and avant in both, with elements of Cuban music. Play!
Abstract, staccato-stopped pieces for piano, or sax or strings.