If you are doing musical improv, how do you know or decide when to sing? In this article I discuss a couple of options. Organically Sometimes songs just happen organically. The Musical Director (MD) provides underscore to a scene and a player just feels she has to burst out in song. Magic! In my experience … Continue reading Time to Sing?
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
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
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
Introduction This post covers a musical (long form) improv format that I call a “Postmodern Musical”. Before we dive into the format, let me explain why I call it “postmodern”. Postmodernism is a pretty broad term, and as argued here @ allaboutphilosophy.org it is by nature “difficult to define, because to define it would violate … Continue reading Postmodern Musical Improv Format
Introduction I am musical director (MD) for my own group, RIOT (The Royal Improphonic Orchestra & Theatre), but I play more improv shows every year as guest musical director. Different groups I work with have different needs, which is why I use a musical workstation. These days I use a Korg Kronos X with an … Continue reading My Gear