Performance techniques used in music to describe unconventional or unorthodox techniques of singing or of playing musical instruments.


Cenzontle (Mockingbird)

Roberto Morales, Cenzontle

Skilled improvisers are able to shape in real time a music discourse by continuously modulating pitch, rhythm, tempo and loudness to communicate high-level information such as musical structures and emotion.


Beside Oneself

Beside Oneself for viola and live electronics

Most people think what could I do, I think what shouldn't I do. What I should do perhaps is involved with the fact that I'm Jewish and what is known as Jewish paranoia. I don't feel comfortable enough to feel that everything is on my side and that it's going to work just the way I want it.
--Morton Feldman


En círculo

En círculo (2008) for alto saxophone, clarinet/bass clarinet, horn, trumpet, trombone, double bass, percussion, and piano
duration, 18'
excerpt performed by the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players

Listening to me practice the piano in this piece, my sister said, “I hear all sorts of natural sounds, things blowing, shaking, leaves rustling, waves rolling”.



Hysteria (2000) for trombone and electronics.
music by Cindy Cox.
text by John Campion.
trombone performed by Abbie Conant


Singing the lines

Singing the lines (2008)
for soprano, flute/piccolo, B-flat clarinet, double bass, percussion, and piano, 9’
music by Cindy Cox
text by John Campion
I. “Light changes”
II. “Walking, Naming It”

performed by Lucy Shelton, soprano
Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players
David Milnes, conducting