Avant-Garde

Min Xiao-Fen - Spring, River, Flower, Moon, Night

Min Xiao-Fen plays the pipa, a four-stringed Chinese lute held in a vertical position. Since her move to the United States in 1992, she has divided her performing time between the traditional repertoire and improvised sessions with avant-garde com...

Helmut Schäfer - Isolated Irritation

Isolated Irritation is Helmut Schäfer's second solo album (he has also collaborated with Zbigniew Karkowski, among others).

It consists mostly of a live set from Mills College (Oakland, CA), October 10, 2001. The 36-minute performance takes...

Johannes S. Sistermanns - Just and Thongs:  Auf Blau zugehen

This CD contains two 30-minute sound art pieces by German composer Johannes S. Sistermanns. The first one is "Just and Thongs," a piece in seven parts with lyrics by Australian writer Linda Marie Walker.

The sound material was recorded at W...

Buckethead - Electric Sea

The sequel to his 2002 album, Electric Tears, inscrutable avant-garde guitar virtuoso Buckethead returns with the more ambient leaning, Electric Sea. The 35th studio effort from the wildly prolific axeman, the album finds the guitar wizard tacklin...

Philip Gibbs - Something Normal

Looking only at the credits, one could say this trio is simply Paul Dunmall's quartet, as featured on East West North South, minus drummer Mark Sanders. That would be so wrong. The absence of a rhythmic instrument and the fact that this session wa...

Christian Marclay - djTrio

As close as Christian Marclay has ever come to conventional DJ mixing -- which is to say, not very close at all -- djTrio collects seven live performances by Marclay's ever-shifting collective of turntable masters, including Toshio Kajiwara, Erik ...

Támmittam Percussion Ensemble - Piano and Percussion in the XXth Century

From the Italian percussion ensemble Tammittam comes this album of works written for piano and percussion.

The ensemble is comprised largely of orchestral players, so the bent is toward the more classical (read: Western) works, and moreover...

JACK Quartet - Ha-Yang Kim: Threadsuns

Korean composer Ha-Yang Kim manages to draw in both Eastern and Western influences, and, more unusually, to apply extended string quartet technique to both. Threadsuns is inspired by a poem of the same name by Romanian Jewish writer Paul Celan, an...

Michael J. Schumacher - Stories

Michael J. Schumacher's fine follow-up to 2003's Room Pieces demonstrates the composer's continuing interest in sound-as-installation and as stand-alone work at the same time.

Consisting of four extended pieces and featuring a variety of co...

Roy Nathanson - Subway Moon

Subway Moon is not an easy album to pin down stylistically. Some parts of this 2009 release favor instrumental avant-garde jazz, while much of the disc contains spoken word recited over jazz backing (jazz poetry, if you will). And the opening trac...

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