Improvising Across Abilities, Media, Communities

What a great year of AUMI Jams! Hold the dates for the Fall 2018 Jams: August 28, Sept. 25, Oct. 30, and November 27, 4:30-6:00 pm, Lower level Lawrence Public Library.

Image of two people moving to make music with the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument.

The Spring 2018 jam sessions and recordings featured lots of new creative ideas and outstanding recordings. Spoken word, poetry, kindness, and daily life all made their way into our jams and recordings. On August 28th, 2018, we made music in every key (car keys, house keys, etc.). We look forward to more on September 25, 2018 4:30-6:00
A couple of highlights:
AUMI Kindness Jam
When Lawrence Public LIbrary invited us to contribute to the "Kindness" theme on National Kindness Day, as part of a series of programming about the book, Wonder, we held an AUMI Kindness Jam! We gathred on February 27 and asked ourselves, "What is Musical Kindness?" "What does Musical Kindness sound like?" The we made two recordings that exemplify the different ways kindness happens in music: listening to each other, creating a space for fun, not being hard on ourselves and others, supporting one another, etc. 
Check out these Kind Jams!
"Today I Choose to be Kind" - with a chant written by Stephanie Ann Barrows especially for the occasion and performed by the AUMI Ensemble.
These Are the Sounds of Our Lives
We wound up our last session with a taste of a new theme: "These Are the Sounds of Our Lives":
This is where we make music out of everyday sounds. You record a sound that is in your life every day that you never notice. Then we learn how to load it on the AUMI, a musical instrument that can be played by people of all abilities. Then we play it and make some recordings. No musical experience necessary! All sessions take place on the lower level of the Lawrence Public Library.
On Tuesday, May 22, 2018, we made music with Sherrie Tucker's 1993 Subaru, sampling its lovely squeaking doors, iffy ignition, and other interesting sound features. "I have never been so proud of my car," said Tucker.
Make some recordings of daily sound this summer, and bring them with you to the jams in the Fall!
Check out the recordings:

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Performance this Friday!

Please join us Friday, August 11th at  5:30 for a 30-45 minute performance, followed by audience feedback and discussion.  The performance features Jesse Stewart and the Wooden Snap Dragons Ensemble.