Happy New Year!!

We made it to the new year! Let's hope it will be a beautiful one, where we can hug each other, make music together and of course learn even more about improvisation.

To make the start of the year even better we have a Pachelbel challenge for the beginning improviser!
14 Days of jamming and learning with us, just from your home, improvising harmonies, ornaments, gigues, ouvertures, menuets and much more. 

Also, we got a subsidy for performing Game of Thrones again in February, but we are not certain whether this will happen given the current COVID-developments. 

Finally there are some more videos for you, of course. Let us know what you think!

Stay safe, warm and healthy :)

All the best,
Robert and James

14-Day Pachelbel Challenge

Pachelbel's Canon is one of those catchy tunes, a great piece of music and underlying it is a typical improvisation bass. What better starting point for our new project to jam with you at home.
Since the pandemic is keeping us all home, we decided to come to you with 14 DAYS of improvisation fun (we hope) and a challenge to spend at least 10 minutes (sometimes even 20!) a day improvising with us! As always, feel free to share it with your friends, this helps us tremendously.

By the way, this project is also our personal 2020-disaster. Video one had to be re-recorded perhaps 5 times? Data was lost, sound, lights weren't checked properly... all in all, we worked on this since July 2020. Originally Robert had suggested: "We just improvise this onto the camera and we are ready to go, James, this will be EASY."
Having used the pockets of looser Covid restrictions, we found our little put holes to finally finalise it (with some 'studio' additions here and there). We'd love to know what you think, as always!

We also have some sheets with wonderful stars for you to keep track of your progress, an introduction video about the history of Pachelbel and his canon and of course more material on Patreon!

Check out our website for more information.
Celebrating centenaries of composers from the past, we found Johannes Nucius. James talks about the different rhetorical figures in this treatise and how we might use them for improvisation!
The Queen's Gambit inspired Robert to talk about the many similarities between learning to improvise and to play chess. Of course with some bits of the beautiful show as well...
In August 2020 we did a crazy project, in the rain, outside, and the crazy Dutch people actually came to watch our show, with Robert on a boat, a harpsichord that was a vibraphone that was an electric piano, Nina performing 17th-century poetry and James dressed as a pirate...
It was an amazing adventure (we are very grateful to Merel van Geest for this!) and we are hoping to do it again soon. A little trailer came out recently: you can watch it on Facebook!
Last Tuesday Robert gave a talk and workshop for the UK branch of the European Recorder Teacher Association, which was a lot of fun with a great discussion afterwards!
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