24 May 2019: 8 p.m. St. Maria Church [Tübinger Straße 36, 70178 Stuttgart] Reservations: 0179 6485447, firstname.lastname@example.org Tickets: €15,- / €12,- / €1,-
25 May 2019, 8 p.m. Café Zart [Hobrechtstr. 43-47, 12047 Berlin – Kreuzberg] Reservations: 0179 6485447, email@example.com Tickets: €10
IN EINEM BOOT (In A Boat) is a collaboration with: Mazen Ragheb Mohsen (Syria – Oud/Guitar/Voice), Ramin Khoshbin (author/actor), Kathrin Heuer (direction), and Ismene Schell (production, actress) for the FREI BÜHNE STUTTGART which opened on 01 Feb 2018 in the Theater La Lune in Stuttgart.
On January 10/11, the Open_Music Quartet (Felix Borel, violin; Scott Roller, cello; Jürgen Kruse, piano; Michael Kiedaish, percussion) had the pleasure of participating in Listen [Miyagi Haikus] in the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin – a two-day event in which several international ensembles presented their versions of this fascinating open composition by Sandeep Bhagwati and collaborated to create a new version for large ensemble. This 2-CD set with five versions of the piece was released on January 11th and since March 15 has been made available on all of the usual international marketplaces online.
In September 2018, the guitarist/composer Scott Fields and three other of us colleagues got together and recorded the third CD in his series of CDs based on works of Samuel Beckett. The quartet also played several concerts in Bonn, Münster and Dortmund to promote the release of the new recording on 01 December 2018 on Ayler Records.
Over the past five years, the musical collective HARMONIE59 (produced by Roderik Vanderstraten) has produced music for several theater productions, videos and films, mostly as studio improvisations in collaboration with Scott Roller and a team of colleagues– which are available as albums on Bandcamp. H59 sessions have encompassed two to twelve musicians in a focused atmosphere of free exchange.
Late in 2014, Gary Verkade recorded two of my (older) pieces for organ: FLUX (1987) and the six-movement composition FIELDS & PLANES (1990), both written for him during the time we both lived in Essen, Germany. The recordings were made on a fantastic organ in Luleå Sweden at the Luleå Technical University. These recordings have never been released before.
The two tracks are as I “finished” mixing them today. The are the result of two recordings sessions: one 21 Jan 2017 in Ludwigsburg with Luis Schöffend (_reFUSEmix_) and the other 1 March 2017 in Stuttgart with Philip Kannicht (Love’s Pendulum). More information on SoundCloud.
When 9/11 happened, I was writing a chorale framework as a sort of prayer for peace for variable instrumentation – and we used it in various contexts. In this world between Obama and Trump, I thought this might be a good time to share it.
In its most basic form, the outside voices enter as far apart as they can be and in 24 steps approach one another to finally meet. And again – and again – and again.
In December 2010 several mutual friends brought Scott together with the multi-faceted brilliant German Spoken-word artist and poet Timo Brunke as EmCees for an awards event at the Theaterhaus Stuttgart, and they have since collaborated intensely on a variety of projects – most notably two full-length two-man shows: Der Übergang des Abendlandes, 2011 (The Transition of the Western World – a commission from the Theaterhaus, Stuttgart) and Ein Abend mit dem Herrn Sensenmann, 2013 (An Evening with the Grim Reaper – a commission of the Palliative Care Network).
Now there is FJUTSCHERDEUTSCH – Timo Brunkes Texte treffen auf Scott Rollers iOS-Musik.
These are single-pass realtime improvisations playing an iPad 4 runningthe App Gestrument 1.2.4 (by Jester Nordin/Jonatan Lihedahl, see www.gestrument.com ) to create music with a virtual orchestra with whom I had had quite good and rewarding rehearsal and preparation time… Look forward to working with the ensemble in the future!
Several entries from “Gestrumental Moments” improvised in real time 31 July 2013 starting around noon Islandic time and rather near there, flying at about 10 km altitude between Frankfurt and Dallas. Good headphones and hardly anyone noticed a thing.
Thanks to Jester and Jonatan (and to Apple, alas) for making such a cool instrumental interface!
There is now a playlist on YouTube with 9 samples from Timo Brunke and Scott Roller’s show “Der Übergang des Abendlands” (roughly The Passing of the Western World). Timo is, of course, a Slam poet who works in German, so an English audience would not be able to make much sense out of much of this, but the second and seventh numbers are purely musical… More information in English about the show here.
Tracklist (with the arrow button you can skip to the next sample in the playlist):
1. Der Übergang des Abendlandes [Timo/Scott] 2. Wayfaring Stranger [Scott] 3. Riesenstandort [Timo] 4. Die Zodiakiden (Excerpt) [Timo/Scott] 5. Die Kitesurferin (Excerpt) [Timo/Scott] 6. Primavera (Excerpt) [Timo] 7. Liebespendel [Scott] 8. RitzeRatze (Excerpt) [Timo/Scott] 9. Es geht wo rum (Mondfahrt) [Timo/Scott]
from: Der Übergang des Abendlandes (The Transition of the Western World) – a Brunke/Roller SlamJam – a Theaterhaus-Stuttgart production.
Text: Timo Brunke Music: Scott Roller (Cello/Elektronik)
Director: Klaus Hemmerle
Video (Camera/Editing/Production): Michi Meier (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Niklas Zirkov (Camera)
Stage lighting and sound: Phillip Kannicht Shoot: in Theaterhaus T4, on 30 October 2011