BEYONDMUSIC
Scott Roller

ABOUT ME

Born 1959 in Texas USA. 1976-81 studies in cello/composition in Texas and Paris, France. 1980-83, Chamber Music America residency in Dallas with the improvisation quartet BL Lacerta.

German resident since 1983. Cellist, Dortmund Philharmonic 1987-90. Active as a free-lance cellist, composer, and improviser as a soloist and with various ensembles: Musikfabrik NRW, Wolpe Trio, Helios Streichquartett and Ensemble Modern, among many others. Worked closely with many well-known composers.

Collaborations with artists of diverse means: especially dance, visual art, theater, spoken word, literature and film/video. In 2005 he co-founded Open_Music Stuttgart, an award-winning platform for improvisation/education. Focus on multi-instrumental performances/productions with cello, mandocello, keyboards and live electronics.

In his artistic and educational work, he seeks new connections between genres, forms of expression – trans-stylistic paths, fertile fields between structure and freedom.
  • Authenticity
  • Balance
  • Boldness
  • Compassion
  • Competency
  • Creativity
  • Growth
  • Happiness
  • Knowledge
  • Learning
  • Listening
  • Meaningful work
  • Personal fulfilment
  • Self-Respect
  • Spirituality
  • Well-being
  • Bohemianism
  • Digital lifestyle
  • Environmentalism
  • Family life
  • Modern Primitivism
  • Musical subculture
  • Simple living
  • Spiritually-driven
  • Systems-savvy

Cultural background

  • Germany
  • United States of America

PROJECT MUSIC

5:29
Nzela - The Way
From cycle to cycle, through time and space, we all feel the same need to be connected. Our desire for meaning and understanding is the very tool that connects, reflects and divides us. Asking the question, how is my home, my planet, my space? Look within to find the answers and act accordingly.
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  • African
  • Blues
  • Soundtrack
  • Traditional / Folk
  • Vocal
  • World
  • Choir
  • Singer
  • Adungu / Ekidongo
  • Cello
  • Mandocello
  • Bass drum
  • Cymbals
  • Dun Dun / Dundun
  • Percussion
  • Udu
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Germany
  • Mali
  • South Africa
4:50
Forgive us
‘Planet forgive us’ is a song written asking forgiveness from the earth, for all the beauty and bounty that we’ve destroyed as humans. We can’t pretend we don’t know what we are doing to our world, and as the song says, ‘we’re Midas, choking everything we touch with fool’s gold’. So the song expresses the sorrow of understanding that the earth would be ‘Eden’ once more, without our actions. ‘Our dear small pale blue dot’ refers to what the astronauts described when they saw the earth from space. The song asks the question ‘will we learn to change, to grow, clean up the mess we’ve made, help the earth to grow’. The track was composed by Sasha Shlain, and the melody and words by Heather Ella Rose, in another unique Beyond Music collaboration introducing musicians from different countries and cultures to each other via the platform.
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  • Pop
  • R&B / Soul
  • Singer
  • Electric piano
  • Synthesizer
  • Drum machine
  • France
  • Germany
  • Israel
  • New Zealand
  • Russian Federation
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
3:51
Bright New Morning
The sky and trees are the beauty of nature.It is the most intrinsic part of humanity. It is the art of God. Whether it's the morning sunrise or the moonlight in the night sky, everything roams around nature. Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength to protect it. If you truly love nature, you will find a way to preserve it's beauty. As Carl Sagan said : We have to Preserve and Cherish the pale blue dot, as it's the only home we've ever known.
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  • Pop
  • R&B / Soul
  • Singer
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Electric organ
  • Electric piano
  • Bass guitar
  • Drum set
  • Argentina
  • Cameroon
  • Germany
  • Israel
  • Mongolia
  • Russian Federation
  • United States of America
4:29
Che senso ha
Another picture of the dramatic situation of our planet and our humanity that is missing somewhere… “…Starving children who die … Helpless cries call us… …How many violence oppress us … The indifferences that weigh on the bitter conscience of too many atrocities… …And all the weapons they sell without any minimum scruple… …Unnecessary waste reflects all the serious mistakes of an old civilization… …Contradictions chase us and the privileges that separate us… And we who stand by and watch… Who among us can still accept… What is the answer to give… So, what does it means…”
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  • Jazz-Rock
  • New Age
  • Rock
  • Traditional / Folk
  • World
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Cello
  • Double bass
  • Electric guitar
  • Guitar
  • Drum set
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • United States of America
3:28
Love is Like Air
You don't really know how important love is until you feel a lack of it. It's as important as the food we eat, the water we drink and the air that we breathe. Children need it to grow, and we all need it to live. Whether it's love between parents and children, siblings, friends or lovers, it's completely vital for our survival. Love is like air.
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332 votes
  • Pop
  • Contralto / Alto
  • Singer
  • Electric piano
  • Synthesizer
  • Cello
  • Drum machine
  • Austria
  • Germany
  • Kazakhstan
  • United States of America
5:42
I Hear You
“I Hear You “ is a piece inspired by the concept of artistic search for perfection… that exist only as a product of creative expression. You never see it, but you always following the “voice” of it. It’s a not easy path to pursue , and one have to do it voluntary and dedicate his life to it - that’s the esoteric sacrifice that you have to make in order to enter this unstable and thorny relationship with your “muse”. My partners for this “love affair” where: an extraordinary guitar and drumset players from Switzerland and a brilliant and very unconventional cellist from Texas. Each one bring a new aspect and details to this tune, that definitely become a “fruit” of four. (I am truly blessed!) Thanks for listening, and… Enjoy!
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1076 votes
  • Fusion
  • Instrumental
  • Piano
  • Synthesizer
  • Cello
  • Guitar
  • Drum machine
  • Drum set
  • Germany
  • Israel
  • Russian Federation
  • United States of America