Avant-Garde

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Everywhere at Once: José Maceda’s Musical Territory by Aki Onda
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The secrets are boxed within. That’s what I thought two years ago in Quezon City, where I was doing research at the University of the Philippines Center for Ethnomusicology.

Issue #147: Rest in Paradise, Jonas Mekas by Marianne Shaneen
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Full Wack and Tender, Too: Shelley Hirsch Interviewed by Peter Stampfel
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The two musicians converse about their working-class upbringing, the elitism of the avant-garde, and the politics of goofiness.

Sheep in Woolf’s Clothing: Elevator Repair Service’s Everyone’s Fine with Virginia Woolf by Helen Shaw
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An experimental theater company takes on Edward Albee.

Milford Graves by Aakash Mittal​
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The percussionist combines martial arts, herbalism, acupuncture, and technology to concoct a healing potion equal parts ancient tradition and pioneering experimentation.

TV Personality by Rebecca Cleman
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The legacy of Jaime Davidovich

Leo Svirsky by Michael Pisaro
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“Activism always involves a kind of coalition building, but the kind of community art is capable of building extends further, to the dead and the unborn.”

The Villain Is the 20th Century by William Corwin
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With I Had Nowhere to Go, director Douglas Gordon brings the diary of filmmaker and poet Jonas Mekas into contact with our own reveries.

Wadada Leo Smith by John Corbett
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“I think that creative improvisation music models the democratic principle. Heads of state and legislative bodies could learn a lot from this practice.”

Philip Glass’s Words Without Music: A Memoir by Michael Coffey
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Words Without Music is a sustained performance with fascinating scenes and a lucid text.

Cecil Taylor by César Aira
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Dawn in Manhattan. In the first, tentative light, a black prostitute is walking back to her room after a night’s work. 

The Home of Easy Credit by Whitney Curry Wimbish
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Duo improvisation for loop pedal, upright bass, and child.

Momus by Ross Simonini
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Myths in the educational ghetto.

Anthony Braxton by Nate Wooley
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The iconoclastic composer discusses his newest opera, the differences between American and European music culture, and space aliens.

Mary Halvorson by Steve DiBenedetto
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The virtuoso jazz guitarist on unhinged sonic excursions. 

Jed Rasula and Tim Conley’s Burning City: Poems of Metropolitan Modernity by Alan Gilbert
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There are many artistic modernisms. There are alternative modernisms, alternatives to modernism, and antimodernisms.

Enframing the Brink: Fuck the Police and Fuck the Avant Garde Too, Part IV by Brandon Brown & Thom Donovan
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Thom Donovan and Brandon Brown dive deep into the realms of literary theory and leftist politics in their epistolary exchange. They continue their conversation in the fourth of four exchanges.

Enframing the Brink: Fuck the Police and Fuck the Avant Garde Too, Part II by Brandon Brown & Thom Donovan
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Thom Donovan and Brandon Brown continue to dive deep into the realms of literary theory and leftist politics in their epistolary exchange. In the second of several dialogues, they delve into the archive of the unknown.

Frances Richard and Anne Waldman
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Poets Anne Waldman and Frances Richard discuss their careers, new work, and life at the forefront of the poetic avant-garde. Or, as Waldman calls it, “the avant-derriere.”

Mixtape: Oneohtrix Point Never by Tauni Malmgren
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Combining art, ’80s music clichés, advertising strategies and analog synthesizers, Oneohtrix Point Never, aka Daniel Lopatin, creates experimental ambient music.

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