Improvisation is an ongoing practice of community-formation, on and off campus.
KU AUMI-InterArts, along with our partners, Ranita Wilks, Independence Inc., and the amazing people at the Sound/Vision Studio, Lawrence Public Library, a great group of KU students from Music Therapy and American Studies, and many fantastic community improvisers have been coming together to create improvised music since October 2015, using a musical instrument (the AUMI) that adapts to every body and that requires no musical experience to play. Sessions continue to be held in the state-of-the-art recording studio in the Lawrence Public Library, managed by Jim Barnes, who then pops the music files into the Sound/Vision SoundCloud, where they can still be enjoyed.
Monthly "Do You AUMI?" Jam Sessions will resume in September. If you wish to be added to our mailing list, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Improvising Inclusive Communities with the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument Community Workshops and Performances, August 7-12, 2017
Registration is now closed for participants, but the public is invited to the new performances that are the culmination of an all-ability community improvisation workshop with guest artist, Jesse Stewart, founder of "We Are All Musicians," an organization dedicated to fostering inclusive group music-making. Performances and other events will be open to the public.
The first public performance sponsored by AUMI-KU InterArts was a multi-media, devised improvisation, directed by Nicole Hodges Persley, Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre. The result of a project entitled, "Four Rehearsals and a Performance: No Experience Necessary!"
AUMI-KU InterArts sponsored two workshops (one at KU and one at Independence Inc.) on how to use the AUMI on September 28-29, 2012, led by Occupational Therapist and drummer, Leaf Miller, from the Abilities First School in Poughkeepsie, New York, and Jackie Heyen, of the Deep Listening Institute.