Improvised Composition M (2010)

A piece for equal number of composer-performers and performers. All performers and composer-performers appear on stage; the latter sit at a table(s). The composer-performers compose in real-time. As soon as he/she finishes a fragment of any length, that fragment is passed to a performer (or performers) who immediately perform(s) it. The performer plays the fragment until the end, or until another fragment is passed over to him/her. If no new fragment appears by the end of a given fragment, the performer repeats the same part again, until a new fragment is given. The composer-performers may not collaborate. The performance proceeds on a first-come, first-served basis, so the composer who writes his/her fragment most quickly, and to the most number of performers, gets to be performed the most. However, reasons to decide otherwise may exist: a) one wants to have his/ her fragment repeated (a la minimal music) over and over again, b) one likes what the other composer has composed and decides to listen, or c) one prefers to work on a single performer rather than dealing with the whole group. How these desires and interests differ and are adjusted or not between the composer-performers should not be decided in advance. The ending is also composed by the composer-performer.


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