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As of 2014, CIRMMT students have begun organizing a new series of concerts devoted to electro/acoustic improvisation. All CIRMMT members, particularly students, are welcome to participate in this series.

  • Special Event
When Apr 29, 2015
from 09:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Where Café Resonance, 5175a Av. du Parc, Mile End
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The improv@CIRMMT nights are a new series of concerts devoted to electro/acoustic improvisation with musicians from the CIRMMT community.

The second night is on Wednesday April 29th 2015 (9:00-11:00pm), and will take place at Café Resonance (5175a Av. du Parc, Mile End).  

FEATURING (subject to change)

Hans Andia, violin

Daniel Anes, piano

Juan Sebastien Delgado, cello 

Julie Delisle, flute

L. Alexis Emelianoff, Setar

Camille Fauvet, clarinet

Brice Gatinet, guitar

Eric Lewis, trumpet

Pierre Michaud, clarinet

Ofer Pelz, prompting

Peter Plessas, electronic

Vahram Sargsyan, voice

Kai Siedenburg, electronics

Cobra(1984) by John Zorn


Cobra is an unpublished but recorded and frequently performed musical composition by John Zorn that was conceived as a system with very detailed rules but with no pre-conceived sequence of events, or game piece, for a group of musical improvisors and a prompter.  Zorn completed Cobra on October 9, 1984. The composition consists of a set of cues notated on cards, and rules corresponding to the cues that direct the players what to do. The number of players, instrumentation, and length of the piece is indeterminate. Because there is no traditional musical notation and the players improvise, the piece may sound radically different from performance to performance.

As was commented upon in some length in a 2004 interview, Zorn has, with his own words, "deliberately chosen not to publish (or even write down) the rules" to his game pieces, being concerned with the importance of personal instruction.Despite this, photocopies circulate among musicians internationally, and there is even a clean printing of all the cue categories in a CD booklet (Wikipedia, 2015).

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