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april, 2022

21aprthuThe Wild Detectives and Sounds Modern Present: COBRA7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Event Type :Backyard Concert

Event Details

The first Six Foot Love concert of the year. Our backyard series of live performances, with numbered seats and limited capacity.

Tickets: $10/person

Part directed improvisation, part game, part abstract theater, John Zorn’s Cobra (1984) relies on hand signals, cue cards, and a repertoire of musical relationships (“cartoon trades,” “sounds memory,” “guerilla squad,” etc) to create an exciting and often surprising musical experience.

Featuring Sarah Ruth Alexander, Aaron Brent, Aaron Gonzalez, Steven Heffner, Joseph Klein, Stephen Lucas, Andrew May, Elizabeth McNutt, Kourtney Newton, Paul Slavens, and Christopher Teal, this Cobra group began in 2016 as part of Sounds Modern, and we are still growing!

The most up-to-the-minute and least predictable concert music series in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Sounds Modern has been exploring links between contemporary music and visual arts for over a decade. We are thrilled to collaborate with The Wild Detectives to bring the Cobra to the Oak Cliff community.

“…Cobra is arguably John Zorn’s most renowned composition…Most improvisers today have performed or heard it, or know of its reputation as an archetypal ‘game piece’ that emerged from New York’s 1980s ‘Downtown’ scene.

The ‘score’ lists possible ‘cues’ that designate behaviors for ensemble members. Each cue engenders some change in relations between some or all members of the group. Groups of cues are color-coded and indicated by the “caller” by pointing to a requisite body part (mouth, nose, eye, ear, head, palm). The “mouth” group, for example, facilitates macro-changes in the ensemble—entrances, exits, or radical changes in style. Specific cues are indicated using fingers (“one,” “two,” “three,” etc.). Once performers register the cue, the caller uses the corresponding color-coded cue card to signal a “downbeat,” at which point the cued activity occurs.

This intertextual aspect of Cobra casts it as part of a process of interrogation, exploration, and modification, rather than an isolated flash of inspiration…”

Marc Hannaford, Sound American


***DISCLAIMER: In case of inclement weather, the show will be held indoors.***

***Use of mask is highly encouraged***

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The Wild Detectives

314 W 8th St, Oak Cliff, Dallas