This past week was a ton of fun! I had the pleasure of driving down south to North Carolina to visit with family and conduct a couple of Feng Shui Consultations for clients in Washington, D.C. along the way.
However, the main reason for heading south was to attend my first-ever, AOL (Art of Improvisation) event, hosted by Music for People. Essentially, this weeklong event was a deep dive into musical improvisation. There were about 70 attendees from all around the country, varying in background with musical experience. Some were teachers and drum circle facilitators, others were professional musicians, and aspiring musicians.
Each day and evening, as a collective we were introduced to a variety of improvisation music-making techniques, theories, and endless opportunities to play, dance, express, and create solo and as a collaborative group!
One of the biggest intentions of Music For People is to help participants transform their misdirected perspective of, "I can't play" or "it's too late for me to learn", to, I can play and this was so much fun! In the words of David Darling (the founder and inspiration behind the Music for People organization), "There are no wrong notes." The act of musical engagement can be so empowering and freeing.
I'm working on uploading a video from the event so you can hear a sampling from one of the Music for Poeple-inspired jam sessions.