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!
The world-premier performance of Scott Roller’s FOUR AXES string trio on 24 November 2011 in the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart as part of the third annual Spannungsfeld: Komposition-Improvisation (Between Composition and Improvisation) concert series presented by Open_Music Stuttgart (http://open-music.eu – German) in cooperation with the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart with support from the Kulturamt der Stadt Stuttgart, among others.
Open_Music String Trio: Ulrike Stortz, violin / Katherina Friederichs, viola / Scott Roller, cello and composition
Video: Felix Zachmann / Audio: Scott Roller
The comprovisation is a fantasy on the Bao Guo, the eight primary elements in the Chinese Book of Changes (Yi Jing), in the following order:
1) Zhen – The Arousing (Shock, Thunder) 2) Xun – The Gentle (Penetration, Wind/Wood) 3) Li – The Radiance (Light) 4) Kun – The Receptive (Space) 5) Dui – The Open (Joy, Pond) 6) Qian – The Creative (Energy) 7) Kan – The Abysmal (Gorge) 8) Gen – The Limitation (Keeping Still, Mountain)