Musical Play: De-stress and get re-inspired

Get up. Go to work/school. Sleep. Repeat. Many of us in today’s world are suffering from overcommitment and a lack of spontaneity, a deadly combination that leaves us feeling weary, uninspired, and apathetic. So what are we missing?

Ancient cultures fostered a sense of connection, community, and spiritual renewal through communal music-making and dance – low-stakes, playful, joy-filled activities where all were welcome to join in.

Whether you’re an accountant or a concert pianist, it’s time we all got serious about the mental health benefits of goofing off with music! Nebula Ensemble is getting serious about musical play on our upcoming April 27th, 2018 concert JAM: Improvisation, Chance, and Storytelling. But playing with music – as opposed to playing music – is an activity that can make a positive difference in anyone’s life, professional musician or enthusiastic amateur. You don’t need to have to have fancy instruments. You don’t even need to have musical training.

We are all born experts in this great and ancient art of musical play. We have at our fingertips a power that will nourish our tired hearts and brains and help us build real connections with other human beings.

Your voice, your hands, a tabletop, or any battered old instruments you have lying around will do. There are no right or wrong notes. No right or wrong rhythms. Sound is clay in your hands, to be molded as you choose. Listen to what is happening around you, and let your intuition respond. Whether you’re an opera singer or an aerospace engineer, we at Nebula Ensemble encourage you to take some time out of your busy routine this week for unstructured musical improvisation. We guarantee you’ll be glad you did! If you need some inspiration to get started, have a listen to the “immediate compositions” of Nebula composer and improvisor Jasper Schmich Kinney: