The Scroll Ensemble is a unique ensemble with Early Music as its starting point for exhilirating improvisations. From there they move within the realm of the contemporary world, from dance to jam session, from film music to classical concert, from outdoors troubadours to the most intimate theatrical gesture.
The ensemble wishes to return to the freshness, spontaneity and freedom of early music.
In the past improvisation was as important in early music as it is now in jazz and pop music. Mozart, Bach and Vivaldi were all improvising stars. The Scroll Ensemble brings back this now lost art to revive the vivacity of the relationship between the audience and the performer.
The audience is involved by providing themes, singing, performing without stands, dancing and our lauded interactive presentation. Musicians and audience, the music, become playful again!
The ensemble was selected by Belgian IYAP as promising early music ensemble in 2014 and in 2015 they have been selected to compete in the finals of the York Early Music International Artist Competition(July 2015).
In the past they have performed for Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, with Christina Pluhar for the AEC,in the Leipzig Improvisationsfestival (next to William Dongois and Paolo Pandolfo) and are the regular ensemble for Rachel Farr’s dancing lessons at the Utrecht Early Music Festival.
Furthermore they improvised in the cinema film Michiel de Rutyer (NL, 2015, featuring a.o. Charles Dance) and taught improvisation workshops in Brazil, Mexico, Poland and the Netherlands.
The ensemble consists of James Hewitt (violin), Robert de Bree (recorders & oboes) and Iason Marmaras (keyboard & voice).
We regularly work with special guests: Sarah Ridy (harp), Florencia Bardavid (gamba), Marcin Swiatkiewicz (keyboard), Bert Mooiman (keyboard) and Patrick Ayrton (keyboard).