Tag Archives: Classical/avant-garde

Terry Riley–Sun Rings

Kronos Quartet, Volti and recorded space sounds make up these pieces about life on earth,  the songs of the cosmos and human disruption. Liner notes excellent. Play!

Afro Yaqui Music Collective–Mirror Butterfly

Spoken word/songs and music about indigenous populations, oppression, and the earth–jazz,  Latin American and Asian elements.

Toshio Hosokowa–gardens

Very quiet, slow works flute, strings & piano. Sample most!

Payton MacDonald–Modules

Meandering, avant marimba w/ electric guitar/ drums. Play!

Kai Schumacher–Rausch

Evocative, beautiful and varying solo piano pieces with effects. Sometimes sounds like strings. Excellent!

Ben Melsky

Harpist Ben Melsky performs these pieces with Ensemble dal Niente, all contemporary composers. Nice mix of instruments! Play!


Inspired by their trips in the early 90’s to Hiddensee, Cello, piano and electronics, gracious, minimalist, ambient works. Play all

Karlton Hester– Quantum Elders Ballet

Avant pieces for tenor sax, flute, piccolo and others.

Arboles de Vidrio–Musica Contemporanea para Piano

Interesting, mostly lyrical, contemporary Mexican solo piano pieces. Nice!

Tuple–Darker Things

Varying avant works for 2 bassoons!

Futurism and Early Italian Avant-Garde

From early 20th century solo piano–variable Italian works, Malpiero’s nice!

Rand Steiger–Coalescence Cycle Vol. 1 soloists and electronics

Evocative works for solo or duos–note titles for inferring music. Play!

Giorgio Netti–necessita d’interrogare il cielo

Very avant works for solo sax, keening, warbling, meandering.

Hannah Lash–Filigree

Jack Quartet performs these very abstract, plucking to flowing works. Trk 8 fairly dissonant.

John Zorn–Cat O’ Nine Tails

As is the norm for Zorn, dissonance, cacophony vs silence and lyricism.

Erika Fox–Paths

Abrupt rhythmic changes, staccato beats, with various instrumental combinations. Sample longer pieces.

Soli for Tuba, Zheng, Horn, with Percussion

The McCormick Percussion Group performs abstract, varying works with varied instrumental combinations. Those with zheng are particularly nice!

Morton Feldman–for Bunita Marcus

With his trademark quiet, slowness, these are  solo piano works that are flowing, with rhythmic  changes, spaces, minimalist. Nice!

Daniel Wohl–Etat

Electroacoustic works with a nice variety of instruments, varied rhythms.

Rebecka Sofia Ahvenniemi–Tacit-Citation

Fairly abstract works for electronics, fixed media, voice and/or instruments. Instrumentals interesting.

Donnacha Dennehy–Surface Tension

Two pieces, one for percussion (minimalist) the other for string ensemble, winds, percussion, building to dissonance.

Richard Carr–Places I’ve Walked

Lovely, evocative works for a variety of instruments, inspired by his world-wide treks. Environmental sounds, voices in addition to instruments. Play!

Speak, Be Silent

Four contemporary composers, quiet or staccato or loud. All pieces very different.

Daniel Elms–Islandia

Electro/acoustic pieces, minimal, lyrical, all inspired by the people and places of NE England. Nice!

Jeffrey Brooks–The Passion

Three pieces for amplified large ensemble, rhythmically varying. Play/sample!