Open Ended (redux)


Open Ended

Do to unforeseen circumstances the composition I planed on having performed on the November 7th 2009 SFCCO concert had to be canceled. So I decided to pull out one of my guide improvisation compositions, Open Ended. I conducted/composed this performance as well as played tenor saxophone. It is a very versatile work that is composed live before your eyes and ears. Based on Rova‘s Radar techniques, Open Ended is less of a composition and more of a color or tool palette. It is an ever-growing collection of rules and games for the performers that are triggered by hand signals by the conductor/composer. The conductor/composer then composes the piece live using these hand signals to guide the performers. This work has no set instrumentation and can be played by any number of performers. It also has no set length; the piece could last 5 minutes or 24 hours. Open Ended has been performed several times, including a performance four years ago by the SFCCO, but every time it is a world première and unique performance that can never be repeated.

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2 Responses to “Open Ended (redux)”

  1. Pablo says:

    Excellent!, I love the imaginations extreme to do this sounds and create this open compositions. For me is a big inspirations to paint or to meditate,… And is very interesting to do my paint clases with childrens!,…Congratulations!….
    Pablo
    P.D. excuse my little english please!

  2. mcooke says:

    I’m glad you like it. I have another version of Open Ended as well and I have a piece that is call Pollock that you might be interested in hearing as well.
    Happy painting!

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