Tag Archives: Avant Garde

AUDIO: Dave Schoepke – “Bionic”

Experimental percussionist Dave Schoepke has a new single out this week. This piece is actually almost thirty years old; it was originally released on a cassette for a different project, but Schoepke revived it for inclusion on his upcoming EP. The song features vigorous drums and cymbals in addition to a sound effect created by scratching a microphone over the

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AUDIO: Glenn McCormick – “Lakefront”

Jazz artist and multi-instrumentalist Glenn McCormick just put out his debut album. Rife with warm delight, McCormick takes eleven tracks into bossa nova territory complete with violins, flute, and trombone. There’s nothing quite like Milwaukee in the summertime – as we all know – and McCormick plays with the imagery of the city’s lakefront to captivate a jovial holiday energy.

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AUDIO: Devin Drobka Trio – “Resorts”

Avant-garde jazz composer Devin Drobka enlisted bassist Aaron Darrell and pianist Matt Blair for his latest record. Inspired by the end of his last relationship, Drobka created this body of work as intentionally as one can, finding joy with each passing moment as the musicians connect with one another through fearlessness, urgency, and compassion. There’s a profound level of trust

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AUDIO: Mike Neumeyer – “Green Forest”

Composer and percussionist Mike Neumeyer is out with another single – a sequel to last year’s “Red Forest.” He takes things in a darker, more ominous direction here; imagine yourself in the dense woods and you can hear the ocean nearby but you have no idea how to get to it. It’s a tranquil, idyllic number that utilizes marimba, vibraphone,

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AUDIO: Darkpebble-BlueWave – “Wild Rose, Winter Garden”

Avant-garde classical project Darkpebble-BlueWave has a new record out, done in virtual collaboration with Paulo Chagas. Consisting of five improvised pieces, the two artists build synergy with grace and patience. Each piece is meant to represent the movements of a garden in bloom. Instruments they use include bass clarinet, alto saxophone, flute, singing bowls, piano, and chimes. Not only that;

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AUDIO: Mike Neumeyer – “How I Wish You Were Here”

Percussionist Mike Neumeyer has another tune for us out this week. Released on the three-year anniversary of his father passing away, this piece is dedicated to his healing process from such a personal loss. He plays the marimba here with focus and glee, gradually introducing new elements of rhythm as well as mournful lyrics. Spanning over eight and a half

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AUDIO: Mike Neumeyer – “Take Me Away”

Improvisational composer Mike Neumeyer’s latest tune suspends you in deep relaxation. Utilizing the marimba along with an ocean drum and wind chimes, the song places you in a seascape and lets you float gently. In the dead of winter, that’s a good place to be. We hope we hear more compositions from Mike Neumeyer very soon.

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AUDIO: KASE – “Alive”

KASE is an avant-garde jazz collective consisting of Jamie Breiwick, John Christensen, and knowsthetime; they’ve got a new record out today on B Side Recordings. In the most experimental of approaches to jazz the group plays with turntablism, rapping from CRASHprez, live beats, and free improvisation throughout these eclectic compositions. The final track extends this fusion over fourteen minutes. Classics

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AUDIO: Dave Schoepke – “Tessellated Romance”

Percussionist Dave Schoepke recently dropped an album of entirely drum kit songs, each with a different kit setup. It’s an especially avant-garde release, centering the drum as the primary instrument rather than using it for rhythm. Each track is ambitious in its own way whether it’s playful, suspenseful, or firm in movement. We love exploring the more experimental side of

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