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Open Form Soundpainting
Live Concert

Open From Soundpainting

Soundpainter: Matan Daskal



25 - 60 minutes


Number of performers


Original cast: Soundpainter: Matan Daskal / Flute: Rachel Mazor, Netta Spiegel / Oboe: Mariona Godía / Clarinet: Daivd Lobera / French horn: Ofer Etzioni, Tsviki Moran / Trombone and effects: Ma'ayan Milo / Saxophones: Oved Pinchover / Electric Guitars: Yeonathan Shachar, Yaniv Mintzer / Computer: Asaf Meidan / Electronic and Acoustic Percussion: Shalev Ne'eman, Pablo Ordas / Drum Set: Roy Ben Yosef / Synthesizers: Yonatan Daskal / Voice: Yotam Mahler / Harp: Ada Ragimov / Violin: Tomer Einat / Double Bass: Orr Sinay / Technical manager and deep collaborator: Shalev Ne'eman / Photo: Malu Zayon

Soundpainting is a universal multidisciplinary live composing sign language that comprises more than 1500 gestures signed by the Soundpainter (composer) to indicate the type of material desired by the performers. The creation of the composition is realized, by the Soundpainter, through the parameters of each set of signed gestures. The Soundpainting language was created by Walter Thompson in Woodstock, New York in 1974.

"Open Form" Soundpainting concerts have no preplanned structure or palettes (pre-written score). Entering the concert with no previous decisions. Pure improvisation / real-time orchestral composition.


In these events, we also use signs taken from "Conduction" by Butch Morris and "Rhythm and Percussion with Signs" by Santiago Vazquez. These languages allow the conductor/soundpainter to be expressive with his body, connecting to a physical way of expression​

Soundpainting allows improvising with sound, movement, visual art, light design, and more. Each open-form orchestral concert modularly fits itself to a specific space, time, content, and amount of performers while providing a unique virtuoso vibrant experience.

With Castle in Time Orchestra performed in Mumbai, Chennai, and Pune at "Global Isai Festival" in India, "East-West Music And Dance Encounter 2020" in Bangalore India, the Holon Museum of design, "Loving Art Making Art" festival in Jaffa, Theater Bahathaer Nataf, Almaćen Gallery and Salon Jazz festival.
The Scratch Orchestra performed at the Center of Digital Arts in Holon.

From the Press


Jerusalem Post | Ori J. Lenkinski:

“The connection between the musicians and Daskal was so strong, you could imagine him sending them to float above the stage with a hand gesture. It created a unique mesmerizing experience of hypotonic chaos, broken but whole”

Rajitha Menon | Deccan Herald:

"Orchestra from Israel brings a mix of acoustic, electronic music"

The New Indian Express:

“Think of it like a live food counter, where you don’t plan anything beforehand. So instead of looking at a score musicians look at their conductor for cues”

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