Improvising Across Abilities, Media, Communities


Improvisation is an ongoing practice of community-formation, on and off campus.

"Do You AUMI?" Jam Sessions at the Lawrence Public Library

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.




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Past Events

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.

"(Un)Rolling the Boulder: Improvising New Communities," October 30, 2013 

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!"




Photograph of people learning how to use the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument (AUMI) at Independence, Inc., Lawrence, in September 2012."Improvisation Across Abilities" AUMI Workshops, Lawrence, KS, September 28-29, 2012

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.  

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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.