Articles tagged avant-garde

28 May 2015 // 2:00 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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5 Jun 2013 // 10:02 PM

Barn Owl: V

On their new album V, it's all about the layers. Pull enough back and you'll find the most complex Barn Owl album to date.

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6 May 2013 // 10:06 PM

Deerhunter: Monomania

Music is a neccessity for Bradford Cox, and on Monomania he asks whether or not that's good for him.

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19 May 2011 // 9:00 PM

Todd Reynolds: Outerborough

"Daredevil" composer Todd Reynolds has offered up a huge album, plentiful in every possible that way music can be. It's worth the trouble.

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Subtle Lip Can: Subtle Lip Can

Music like this hardly ever gets made. Eat your beefheart out, avant-garde fans.

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Exploding Star Orchestra: Stars Have Shapes

It's not every day that a group this large can sound this unified and great.

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3 Nov 2010 // 9:00 PM

Nels Cline: Dirty Baby

Just when I thought Nels Cline couldn't get any more challenging or confrontational, he goes and makes an album like this.

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25 Jul 2010 // 9:00 PM

Food: Quiet Inlet

Quiet Inlet is an impressively inventive album that may be one of 2010’s best releases.

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Advocate of the snarling downtown scene and saxophonist extraordinaire Tim Berne has released many albums during his career. Some of them have vanished from stores

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Drip Audio, Home of Inhabitants and Other Greatness

Our neighbors to the north have awesome taste in music.

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The 20th Century Comes Alive in the 21st!

Download oodles of obscure, contemporary music...for free.

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Jessica Pavone: Songs of Synastry and Solitude

Gloomy and forceful, Songs of Synastry and Solitude is as much about the space between the notes as it is the notes themselves, and as much about Pavone’s own story as it is yours.

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12 Jan 2010 // 9:00 PM

Caspian: Tertia

With key tempo changes, well-spaced arrangements, and delicate instrumental insertions Tertia succeeds in capturing an earthen mood even as it scrapes the upper levels of the atmosphere.

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Cracked Media: The Sound of Malfunction by Caleb Kelly

Kelly's study provides access to some fascinating theories of, and experiments in, the "wrong" uses of technology as explored by some important sound artists of the phonographic era.

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