11 Non-Musical Improv Skills for MDs

Introduction Last month I posted a blog listing 13 essential music-related skills for improv Musical Directors. I made the point in that blog that those skills can be learned outside of an improv setting, and cannot be acquired during e.g. a 3 hour workshop.  Besides, those skills are general music related skills that are unrelated … Continue reading 11 Non-Musical Improv Skills for MDs

13 Essential Musical Skills for Improv Musical Directors

Introduction A couple of times every year I get asked to work with musicians who want to do Musical Direction  (MD) for improv, or I get asked to run MD workshops at festivals. Which I happily do, but it often surprises me how unrealistic the participants’ expectations are. I think the reason for this is … Continue reading 13 Essential Musical Skills for Improv Musical Directors

13 Things – a (Musical) Long Form Format

I thought that this month, I'd describe the RIOT signature format; it is called "Thirteen Things".   RIOT only does musical long-form so we add a lot of singing, but the format can equally be performed without singing.  I'll describe the overall format first and then describe how we use song within the format. General Format … Continue reading 13 Things – a (Musical) Long Form Format

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

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