Rooftop Trombone in the Age of Covid-19, v4.0

06 May 2021 - 03 July 2021

When the Kuala Lumpur metropolitan region of Malaysia began its fourth lockdown on 06 May 2021, Don Bowyer committed to a fourth season streaming live music and bad jokes at 7pm everyday until the lockdown was lifted. Previously, he had done the same for 106 consecutive days between 18 March and 01 July 2020, 70 consecutive days between 14 October and 22 December 2020, and 51 consecutive days between 13 January and 04 March 2021.

The first twelve days of this fourth series were subtitled "Rooftop Trombone goes to he Movies," with Bowyer improvising audio tracks to famous movie scenes. After a run-in with YouTube and Facebook AI censors that did not understand the concept of parody, the series continued through 03 July with a variety of music. Though the lockdown continued, Bowyer had to stop performing after 59 days so he could pack his equipment for a move back to the United States.

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.

Week 9

03 July – Day 4.59

  • That's Not What My Teacher Said
  • Lullaby for Carter
  • Laughing Baby

02 July – Day 4.58

  • Someone to Watch Over Me

01 July – Day 4.57

  • Take the A Train


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