Ethan Hayden | composer, performer, author
Ethan Hayden | composer, performer, researcher
Hayden Sketch 01
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Hayden Sketch 05
performed by Wooden Cities
May 2013
performed by Wooden Cities
December 2012
seven or more players of any instruments
fall 2012
14 December 2012
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center
Buffalo, NY
Program Note:
"The grift has a gentle touch. It takes its toll from the verdant sucker by means of the skilled hand or the sharp wit. In this, it differs from all other forms of crime, and especially from the heavy-rackets. It never employs violence to separate the mark from his money. Of all the grifters, the confidence man is the aristocrat."

- David Maurer, The Big Con

Monte is the first in a series of game pieces based on classic confidence tricks and swindles called The Big Con. Modeled after the Three-card Monte grift, the piece was composed for and is dedicated to the new music collective, Wooden Cities.