Long Form Improv Format: a Musical Riot

Introduction Two weeks ago I was in Edinburgh for a weekend of workshopping and a show with the wonderful Men with Coconuts.  For the show I was accompanied by one of our RIOT players, Sarah Manhaeve.    The Coconuts like to perform musical long form - and so do we @ RIOT -  so when … Continue reading Long Form Improv Format: a Musical Riot

Deus Ex Machina – a Long Form Improv Format

Introduction In this post I present an idea for a long form format. It’s an idea which I developed in 2011, but I never had an opportunity to actually perform or produce it. Just like my format Cloud Atlas, it is based upon a book, or rather a play called “God”, by Woody Allen, published … Continue reading Deus Ex Machina – a Long Form Improv Format

Musical Direction for a Road Trip

Introduction Last month we did a series of improv shows with Quicksilver Productions, and this year they decided to do a couple of Road Trips.  Here's how I went about musical direction for this kind of format. The Format A Road Trip is a very verbose long form format. The premise is simple: a group … Continue reading Musical Direction for a Road Trip

Creating a Musical Harold

Introduction Last week I got to work with Caque, a Ghent-based improv group that (among many other things) performs a monthly show in English.  They are busy bees who usually invite guest trainers and performers; over the years they have worked with e.g. Ben Hartwig (Germany) Jochem Meijer (Netherlands), Rob Ben Zeev (Israel), Nicole Mischler … Continue reading Creating a Musical Harold

Inventing a Musical Give & Take Improv Exercise

Introduction In October 2016 we @ RIOT were invited to FLUIM2.0, a long form improv festival in Utrecht Holland.  I taught a workshop on improvised singing, in which we came up with a fun exercise.  Since then I've adapted the exercise for actual performance use. The Exercise Here is how the exercise came about.  The … Continue reading Inventing a Musical Give & Take Improv Exercise

Musical Direction for Genre-Based Long Form Improv

Introduction At “The Right To Be Funny” festival last month, the cast decided to end the festival with a “Tarantino Night”.    When I asked how they would like that MD-ed (MD standing for Musical Direction) they went “Oh lots of surf guitar music.  Or maybe vampire music.  Or Ennio Morricone.  Or Nazi songs.”   I scratched … Continue reading Musical Direction for Genre-Based Long Form Improv