spell no. 8


There is no score to the piece, only the parts -- the merging of individual parts depends on each performer's listening and choices.

Therefore follow your ears, follow the instructions in your own part.

Also, engage deeply, yet freely with the material as well as with your fellow musicians' choices.

Each performer needs a stopwatch.

The repeat signs delineate patterns which need to be repeated as many times as would be necessary to arrive at the timing written at the beginning of each pattern.

The timings noted in your part are approximate -- it is expected that you might arrive 3-5 seconds before or after the given time.

The general form of the piece (lasting 13-14 minutes) is an arch that peaks around 10:30 and

goes back to pianissimo towards the end.

The analogy of the piece is similar to that of life where we get to play our part

without having a definite roadmap/score that would define circumstances, other people's behaviors,as well as a preconceived, expected, ideal outcome.

In life we are instead accepting of a reality in which we rely on resources and

information available at a given moment and we act and survive based on momentary choices rooted inour experience, knowledge, and sensibilities.

My hope is that the performance will provide a sense of wonder and exploration as well as

a feeling of being supported and stimulated by the openness of the material itself.

I also hope that each performer would develop and/or nurture a sense of community and

create a shared experience in which one's individuality supports and feeds the collective.

The total length of the piece is between 13 and 14 minutes with preferably shakuhachi or soprano ending the piece.