Elliot Kermit Canfield-Dafilou
for cello and 8-channel live electronics
Koan for Cello and Live Electronics is heavily influenced by the music of Luigi Nono, Iannis Xenakis, James Tenney, and John Cage. It is bipolar, in that some aspects of the piece are entirely free for the performer to interpret, while other parts are strictly defined by the composer. For the most part, the live electronics process the sounds produced by the cellist, who plays slow, undulating timbres and textures. Koan was premiered by cellist Chris Chafe.