Between the We and the I (2018)

Between the We and the I (2018)

for a group of people

See the score here

My whole compositional work after 2008 is dedicated to the research of collectivity and the potential growth of a group creativity through the performance of open form verbal and graphic scores. This is why I invite performers to take all the necessary decisions, regarding their creation of a version, prior of the performance in a collective way. 
My last score for improvisers Between the We and the I for at least three players, explores a new territory for my compositional methods. It invites the players to take decisions prior to the performance in a collective way but also to take individual decisions during the performance. The key is that their individual desicions during the performance should always be in touch and in relation with the group sound.

The score consists of 119 verbal instructions for making sound, listening and observing. The instructions are categorized in six different parts: Tones (28 instructions) – Noises (28 instructions) – When (28 instructions) - Glissandi (7 instructions) - Listen! (14 instructions) – Observe! (14 instructions). 
Performers should cut the rectangles that contain the instructions off the pages prior to the performance, in order to create a pack of 147 rectangles, with one instruction on each. Each performer should then choose the instructions s/he likes in collaboration with his/her co-players. Performers should choose at least one instruction from at least 3 categories. Each performer of the group should have the same amount of rectangles (instructions). The distribution of the material should be the product of a conversation between the performers and it should by no means be decided by one single person. Distributing the rectangles/instructions in random is not desirable. 


Players should collectively agree in a total performance duration prior to the performance. A player has to begin with any instruction from his/her pack. From there on each player can use any of their instructions always depending on what they hear from the group. They should react in any way (using the instructions at hand) to the group sound. Each instruction can be used only once during a performance (this is why each performer can have more than one parallelogram with the instructions ‘Listen!’ and ‘Observe!’ if s/he wishes so).

The piece is completed when the pre-agreed total duration is reached. 
Minimum duration: 7 minutes.