Scott Roller

Musician / Educator

Rollermusic on Bandcamp

Posted on 2019 06 11 in Audio, Collaborations, Rollermusic

Yesterday, Scott Roller’s personal label, rollermusic went online with the first release: Music for & with Christine Brunel (2006-2013), a collection of six pieces for cello taken from two different shows that Scott developed with the French dancer Christine Brunel, who passed on 27 April 2017. This album is dedicated to her.

A wide variety of tracks and albums are in preparation for release on rollermusic in the coming months.

Cover: Music for/with Christine Brunel
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CD: Sandeep Bhagwati – Miyagi Haikus

Posted on 2019 03 16 in Audio, CDs

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.

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CD: Scott Fields Ensemble – Barclay

Posted on 2018 12 1 in Audio, CDs

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.

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Harmonie59 on Bandcamp

Posted on 2018 04 29 in Audio, Harmonie59

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.

Harmonie59 on Bandcamp: https://harmonie59.bandcamp.com/

More info: http://harmonie59.org

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SR: Two compositions (seven pieces) for organ (for Gary Verkade)

Posted on 2018 03 11 in Audio, SR Compositions

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.

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SR: T’ai – Moon Mantra for Peace (2000/2016)

Posted on 2016 11 19 in Audio, SR Compositions

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. 

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Fjutscherdeutsch, 2015/16 – w/ Timo Brunke

Posted on 2016 02 6 in Audio, Collaborations, iOS, SR Compositions

2016_Fjutscherdeutsch_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.

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SR: Gestrumental Moments In-flight (2013)

Posted on 2014 08 19 in Audio, iOS, SR Compositions

These are single-pass realtime improvisations playing an iPad 4 running the 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!

– ScottRoller for ScooterDee

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