The Scroll Ensemble is Online !

It is unbelievable how much the world has changed in the last few weeks! We hope you are all safe, healthy and keep up courage! The videos we recorded together are from pre-Corona times. At the moment we are self-isolating :-)
After years of deliberating, starting and stopping, in January we finally started to work towards an online platform through YouTube and Patreon.

We are very excited to use these platforms to show you our process, loads of exercises and improvisations that usually never make it you, exercises at beginner and (more) advanced level and a platform to inspire you to improvise regularly, where you can share your progress and/or recordings with us and each other and receive (positively worded) feedback. :-D

Some ideas will be one-offs like a video about the solo from The Beatles' song In My Life. Some ideas have several series devoted to them, like improvisation inspired by Beethoven, improvisation as a duo (on a hexachord, Inventions, Canons, the Art of Dialogue, etc.), treatises and failure.

We would also love to hear what you would like to see!

Robert & James
How to support and join us to help everyone improvise!

Please support us by joining
our YouTube channel. It's free! ;-) Go to our channel through the link, click the red "subscribe" button and click the bell for notifications of new videos. This helps us a lot.

Have a look at our Patreon Site. Patreon works through a monthly subscription with a small fee (starting at 2 euros). In return you get videos, exercises and material no one else gets to see. With enough support accrued, we would be helped tremendously in making our dream come true: improvising with and for you as a day job.

Beethoven Variations Part 1

An Intro 

This year we devote one of our video series to improvisation inspired by Beethoven. Our first exploration is of Beethoven's Variations. In the end of Beethoven's letter of November 2nd 1793, Beethoven writes to Eleonore von Breuning about his latest publication, his variations on "Se Vuol Ballare, Signor Contino" from Mozart's Nozze di Figaro and why he felt that normally one would improvise such pieces:

Learning Videos

Beethoven's easy variations on a Swiss song inspire us to see character and articulation as building blocks, before changing any of the notes. In our first video we invite you to try this too.
In the next video we take a movement from a duo for clarinet and bassoon, take away Beethoven's original variations on it and apply this idea ourselves.

P.S.: we are still learning how to be on camera, it's getting better! :-D
Learn with us
Listen to our rehearsal examples
On Patreon we continue with Beethoven's use of figuration, a background video of how we got to our contrasts example, exercises to do in our *secret* Facebook group and background to what we felt that we learned.
Find out more on our Patreon site

Join us in our online improvisation!

In these disjointed times we also want to find ways to connect with you and give ways that we can still improvise together. This is our first online improvisation. We really hope you join! 

The Magic of the Fairy Queen 

Mid-February we enchanted the audience in Utrecht with a journey through the Schouwburg Utrecht, improvisations around Purcell's Fairy Queen and amazing dinners at the "Bite at the Opera" series of Opera2Day and Schouwburg Utrecht.
NB! Our two concerts in April have been cancelled due to the measures taken around the Corona outbreak.
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