Rooftop Trombone in the Age of Covid-19

When Malaysia began its nationwide Movement Control Order (lockdown) on 18 March 2020, Don Bowyer committed to streaming live music and bad jokes at 5pm everyday until the lockdown was lifted. The initial series continued for 106 consecutive Week, ending on 01 July 2020. The music performed was an eclectic mix of classical, jazz, and popular music.

Several regions of Malaysia went into a Conditional Movement Control Order (quasi-lockdown) again on 14 October 2020, prompting Bowyer to start the Rooftop Trombone shows again, this time at 7pm each day. This second run lasted for 70 consecutive Week, ending on 22 December 2020. For this series, Bowyer improvised trombone commentary most nights in response to poetry or images.

The third lockdown, a regional Movement Control Order, began on 13 January and is scheduled to last for fourteen days. For this third series, Bowyer is composing a short Lockdown Miniature for trombone each day, then performing it that evening.

Initially streamed through his Facebook page, these videos are now available as a Playlist on YouTube and are collected together on these pages.

Dean of the School of Arts at Sunway University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Bowyer is an American who has been in Malaysia since December 2016.


Rooftop Trombone v1.0

18 March - 01 July 2020

Week 15
24 June - 01 July (Days 99-106)

Week 14
17 June - 23 June (Days 92-98)

Week 13
10 June - 16 June (Days 85-91)

Week 12
03 June - 09 June (Days 78-84)

Week 11
27 May - 02 June (Days 71-77)

Week 10
20 May - 26 May (Days 64-70)

Week 9
13 May - 19 May (Days 57-63)

Week 8
06 May - 12 May (Days 50-56)

Week 7
29 April - 05 May (Days 43-49)

Week 6
22 April - 28 April (Days 36-42)

Week 5
15 April - 21 April (Days 29-35)

Week 4
08 April - 14 April (Days 22-28)

Week 3
01 April - 07 April (Days 15-21)

Week 2
25 March - 31 March (Days 8-14)

Week 1
18 March - 24 March (Days 1-7)

Rooftop Trombone v2.0

14 October - 22 December 2020

Week 10
16 December - 22 December (Days 64-70)

Week 9
09 December - 15 December (Days 57-63)

Week 8
02 December - 08 December (Days 50-56)

Week 7
25 November - 01 December (Days 43-49)

Week 6
18 November - 24 November (Days 36-42)

Week 5
11 November - 17 November (Days 29-35)

Week 4
04 November - 10 November (Days 22-28)

Week 3
28 October - 03 November (Days 15-21)

Week 2
21 October - 27 October (Days 8-14)

Week 1
14 October - 20 October (Days 1-7)

Rooftop Trombone v3.0

13 January 2021 - Ongoing

Week 8
03 March - 26 March (Days 50-56)

Week 7
24 February - 26 March (Days 43-49)

Week 6
17 February - 26 February (Days 36-42)

Week 5
10 February - 26 February (Days 29-35)

Week 4
03 February - 26 February (Days 22-28)

Week 3
27 January - 26 February (Days 15-21)

Week 2
20 January - 26 January (Days 8-14)

Week 1
13 January - 19 January (Days 1-7)

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