Cobra players improvise music and other sounds

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BRATTLEBORO — Come enjoy an evening of the improvisatory music game piece Cobra from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at 118 Elliot. Suggested donation is $10.

Created by John Zorn, led by Anna Patton and performed by an ensemble of local musicians, Cobra is a game-piece for any combination of instruments, vocalists, and sound-makers. Players improvise music and other sounds while shaping and manipulating the piece with a system of signals and cards. It can sound lyrical, dissonant, silly, or cathartic, and it is pretty interesting to watch, too. Each iteration of the game, often lasting 5-15 minutes, has its own flavor. At one point during the evening, audience members will be invited to sit in on a version of the game that will be taught with just a few of the signals and cards, so bring an instrument if you'd like to participate that way.

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