Articles tagged avant-garde

Free Agent of Sound: An Interview with Rob Mazurek

The heralded avant-jazz great Rob Mazurek speaks of space operas, working through grief with music, and, of course, the singularity.

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11 Sep 2015 // 2:05 AM

Heitor Alvelos: Faith

If less is more, then even less can be positively deafening.

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Satoko Fujii Orchestra Berlin: Ichigo Ichi/Satoko Fujii Tobira: Yamiyo Ni Karasu

It's another day at the office for Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura -- meaning they just released two albums designed to kick down more doors in jazz.

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3 Aug 2015 // 2:15 AM

Barnett + Coloccia: Weld

A pairing of experimental music all-stars results in an album ideally suited for an as-yet unscripted horror film.

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Bill Payne, Carol Liebowitz, Eva Lindal: Payne/Lindal/Liebowitz

Bill Payne, Carol Liebowitz, Eva Lindal make an entire album's worth of music by the seat of their three pairs of pants.

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Will Mason Ensemble - “Finn” (audio) (premiere)

The debut album by the chamber ensemble embraces the beauty and ominousness of isolation in nature.

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27 Jul 2015 // 2:20 AM

Mas Ysa: Seraph

Many moments of Seraph may seem random but are really meticulously placed in an effort to create something truly graceful and charming.

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Sun Ra: Duke Ellington’s Sound of Space

Dear patrons in attendance at The Bottom Line on the night of February 17, 1987: shut up, won't you?

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Sun Ra & His Intergalactic Research Arkestra: Planets of Life or Death: Amiens ‘73

Afrofuturism and retroactive joys dominate this special Record Store Day release.

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In Sonitus Lux: The Equinox Session

By smacking a piece of metal with a pair of mallets and with Kevin Dunn's help, E. Serson Brannen has made a fine piece of music free of category.

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John Zorn: Pellucidar: A Dreamers Fantabula

The tide pulls the quiet surf back to the shore where John Zorn's Dreamers await with nine new compositions. Nice.

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Gagarin - “Feral Dreams” (audio) (premiere)

Classic and avant-garde electronic sounds intertwine on the veteran artist's latest track.

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Rob Mazurek / Exploding Star Orchestra: Galactic Parables Vol. 1

Rob Mazurek returns to the perfect musical vehicle for his lofty narratives and massive sound. This time, it's double.

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28 May 2015 // 3:00 AM

John Zorn: Simulacrum

Simulacrum is for those who were afraid John Zorn might be getting soft.

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Toshi Ichiyanagi Is One of Today’s Most Imaginative Composers of Traditional Works

This reserved and youthful-looking dean of Japanese music has become one of today’s most imaginative and compelling composers of traditional works.

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Merzbow, Gustafsson, Pándi, Moore: Cuts of Guilt, Cuts Deeper

A stunningly ferocious noise album from four masters of their craft.

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Jazz May Be Reeling in Terms of Record Sales, But It’s Thriving As an Art Form

What if today’s jazz is a little bit Bill Frisell and a little bit Ornette Coleman?

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Sun Ra and His Arkestra: In the Orbit of Ra

On In the Orbit of Ra Sun Ra collaborator and Arkestra member Marshall Allen presents a portrait of the jazz legend every bit as complicated and strange as a cross-section of his reality could possibly be.

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“I Get Off on Intense Atmospheres”: An Interview with Gazelle Twin

We speak with Elizabeth Bernholz, the woman behind the Gazelle Twin project, about the relation of music to the natural landscape, the nature of performing, and the work of David Lynch.

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John Zorn + Ryuichi Sakamoto: Zorn@60, 4 October 2013 - Japan Society, New York

An entirely improvised performance by two of the scene's avant-garde composers

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Robert DeLong Upgraded for 'In the Cards' (Rough Trade Photos + Tour Dates)

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"Robert DeLong ups his musical game with his new album In the Cards and his live show gets a boost too.

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