Tag Archives: New World

Alvin Curran–Endangered Species

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

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.

Clusters–American Piano Explorations

Very short, highly abstract solo piano pieces, some very lyrical, others robust and strong,

Kyle Gann–Custer and Sitting Bull

A one voice opera with Native American music, based on Custer meeting Sitting Bull. Also other pieces for voice and electronics.

Lejaren Hiller–Sonatas

Pieces for violin and piano, varying fromd intense, abstract to more “classical”. Play most!

Christian Wolff–Two Orchestra Pieces

Two abstract, intense, yet accessible pieces, one for 3 orchestras! Sample.

James Tenney–Harmonium

Heavy on strings used with droning and repetition, rising and with voices and other instruments. Trks 3 + 4 mimic Asian instruments. Sample.

James Romig–STILL

As the title suggests, this solo piano work (almost an hour in length) explores slowly, repetitive harmony with changes in rhythm. The liner notes indicate it can be analyzed as a mix of minimalism and twelve tone language. Sample.

Michael Winter–Lower Limit

Works for guitars + other strings with micro tunings, minimalist sound, following algorithms. Sample.

Julius Eastman–The Zurich Concert

74 min. improvisational solo piano performance recorded in 1980. Starts quietly, builds up.

George Lewis–Assemblage

Experimental music for various sized intrumental combinations. As the title suggests, it’s a mix–dissonant, aggressive and at times lyrical. Sample.

Peter Garland–The Birthday Party

Some lovely, contemporary piano pieces–the title piece dedicated to the performing pianist Aki Takahashi. Garland is considered an experimentalist composer, but these pieces are quite accessible.

John King–Free Palestine

Middle Eastern strings, both intense and quiet. Nice!

Wayne Vitale & Brian Baumbusch–Mikrokosma

Contemporary gamelan, breaking the traditional rules. Play!

Michael Byron–The Celebration

Flowing, strident and lyrical music for piano quintet with baritone voice and poems by Anne Tardos. Play/sample most!

William Hellerman–Three Weeks in Cincinnati in December

One long, seamless piece for solo flute using very difficult techniques: multiple stops, whistle tones and abdominal tremolo. Only Robert Dick has played this piece from 1979.

Lei Liang–Luminous

Varying, abstract pieces for quartet, piano, percussion or contrabass solo. Trk 3 most accessible, sample others.

Jon Gibson–Relative Calm

Per the title, these are a mix of electronic and acoustic pieces ranging from calm to more energetic, for keyboards, sax and/or winds, percussion. Play/sample!

Barney Childs–Heaven to Clear When Day Did Close

Like two different styles on one CD, first 7 tracks lyrical, quiet, accessible, the last three avant with less lyrical elements. Play!

Elliott Sharp–Tranzience

Minimalism but with jolts, noise, confusion and not improvised. Sample due to length.

Robert Carl–The Geography of Loss

As the title suggests, these are melancholic works with lots of voice and chorale– beautiful.

Chris Brown–Six Primes

As the title suggests, in this case the first six prime numbers direct the tuning, rhythms and interval relationships of these piano pieces. Play!

Ben Johnston– String Quartets Nos. 6, 7, & 8

The Kepler Quartet only performs works by Johnston, whose String Quartet no. 7 is considered among the most difficult pieces to perform. Beautiful works with tiny sound alterations. Play!

Michael Pisaro–A Mist Is A Collection of Points

Ambient works for piano, silences, sine tones, percussion. Quiet. Sample due to length.

Larry Polansky–Three Pieces for Two Pianos

Abstract, gracious and mostly lyrical works. Play!