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cobra is the best known of john zorn's "game pieces", experimental music compositions structured as games played by improvising musicians.
the rules are ornate, with cue cards, hand signals, and even headbands and hats, all used to indicate structural changes of sound and arrangement. the rules have never been published, and traditionally, when the piece is performed, they are left unexplained to the audience. open cobra is a variation of cobra designed to take an opposite approach: the high mystery of cobra is replaced with high accessibility and participation.
the return of open cobra
the return of open cobra is a restaging of a collaboration between misha glouberman and joe sorbara first held this summer. it is a fully participatory music piece, based on john zorn's cobra.
the event takes place in a single evening divided into two parts.
a ticket to the event entitles you to attend both part one (spectate) and part two (participate). note that part two is a fully participatory event. in order to attend part two, you must be willing to participate. misha has extensive experience teaching vocal improvisation to nonmusicians. even if you are nonmusical, shy, or cannot sing, you are more than welcome to stay, and will not find these traits to be an impediment.
if you are not sure if you want to participate, you are welcome to
attend part one, and you can decide at the intermission if you want to
stay for part two. part one will, on its own, be a satisfying event
worth the price of admission.
you can read this lengthier announcement for more information.
note: this performance is in no way
authorized by john zorn.