For 43 years, I have performed as Roger the Jester.
My work is constantly changing, every venue will elicit new material.
Every performance is a debut, since my work is so improvisational, not in the current “give me a word, I’ll fit it into a pre-rehearsed format,” but true in the moment magical events. I often hear, “Did he plan that with that person? They must have rehearsed it!”
There are many events where I create something special just for that event. Every year a friend has a holiday concert in his home where there is a plethora of beautiful classical music. I show up and play the tuba, a turkey baster, a saw, three recorders at once, you get the idea.
I recently was commissioned to perform at a wedding reception. I played an arrangement of the Beatles “All you need is Love” on the tuba, trombone, pocket trumpet, baritone, melodica, boom whacker and cymbals.
This is why I am now branding myself as a performance artist. It better describes what I do.
I will continue to juggle, spin, throw and play with all sorts of objects. Don’t worry.