Discovering the early avant-garde sounds of eclectic composer Joseph Byrd

From The Chicago Reader, Joseph Byrd is profiled:

In March New World Records released a stunning album that lets us hear what Byrd was up to before he jumped into the rock scene. NYC 1960-1963 features the excellent New York new music group American Contemporary Music Ensemble (which includes pianist Timothy Andres, violinist Caleb Burhans, violist Nadia Sirota, and recent Pulitzer Prize winner and violinist Caroline Shaw) playing 11 of his early works, most of which were written in the shadows cast by Cage, but which still stand easily on their own.