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This jam is amazing, come join us. Its about peace and music. There are no such thing as levels here, no beginners, no advanced just come and make music.

Musical improvisation (also known as musical extemporization) is the creative activity of immediate ("in the moment") musical composition, which combines performance with communication of emotions and instrumental technique as well as spontaneous response to other musicians.

We are one of the longest running weekly and largest improvisational jam sessions known to mankind.

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World Music Acoustic Improvisation Online Jam

Online event

OUR SONGS ON YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF6FtgD6uzgDjT9bC92m6UvggXMTORhet

HOW TO JAM ONLINE WITH US
This is an online jam for the duration of the pandemic. We use SonoBus as our platform. Unlike Zoom and other popular virtual platforms, it allows us to play together in real time with undetectable latency.

To use Sonobus, you will have to go to www.sonobus.net and DOWNLOAD & INSTALL THE CLIENT SOFTWARE. It is free and available at this link:

https://www.sonobus.net/

To participate in this event, send Brandon a message to receive the SonoBus group name and any password we may be using. Just join the group at 7:30pm. Please try to configure your setup beforehand, but be prepared to tweak it during the session.

WHAT WE DO
This is a music improvisation jam, meaning we don't use music tab sheets, tunebooks, or play other people's music. Our goal is to create something unique, combining our individual skills and contributions into a piece of music that is nothing short of magic! Have you ever played music with people and at some point, you seem to "sync" with each other and the results are amazing? That's what we try to do from scratch...every week! We often surprise ourselves with what we come up with.

SO HOW DOES IT WORK?
Someone will usually start us off by "noodling" something; a riff, a beat, a chord progression. Others will start joining in, adding rhythm support, harmonic additions, etc. Eventually, lead melodies and solo lines emerge. The key is to listen to each other and add your piece. It's a group effort, so it's important to introduce just enough volume to add to a song and to not overpower everyone else. Please take a turn playing a solo if you feel the juice, but remember to give others the opportunity to do the same. Also, we don't usually play established songs; but we have, on rare occasion, borrowed recognizable riffs and song pieces to enhance our own music and style.

"WORLD MUSIC"? ISN'T THAT THE WEIRD HIPPY, FOREIGN STUFF?
Yes & no. Many of our songs can have a cultural edge to them. But the music we make is often a product of what instruments show up. People have brought everything from Greek baglamas, Irish bouzoukis, Turkish qanuns & kavals, sitars, etc. With all that, you can see why we could be associated with world music. On the other hand, we have guitars, saxes, flutes, harmonicas, and other western instruments that play regularly with us. American folk and contemporary music is still part of the "world", right? The music tends to write itself and we've played everything from spacey/meditative style to jazzy/bossa nova/blues to rock. Sometimes we get silly. We don't intentionally play any sort of style. Things just...happen.

WHAT INSTRUMENTS ARE ALLOWED?
This jam focuses on ACOUSTIC instruments (all string instruments, flutes, reed instruments, horns, accordions, hand drums, percussion, etc.) and allows players to experiment with unique instruments (handpans, digeridoos, etc.) & and other noisemakers (kid's classroom instruments). Everyone is responsible to bring their own instruments and support equipment, like stands, picks, etc. Please don't bring an amp unless pre-approved.

WHAT'S THIS I HEAR ABOUT HATS?
Hats are very important to us; they help us to recognize our members! We like to encourage everyone to wear some sort of headwear. We've had people wear top hats, gnome caps, straw hats, stuffed animal hats, and even plain ol' baseball caps. Just have fun with it!

World Music Acoustic Improvisation Online Jam

Online event

OUR SONGS ON YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF6FtgD6uzgDjT9bC92m6UvggXMTORhet

HOW TO JAM ONLINE WITH US
This is an online jam for the duration of the pandemic. We use SonoBus as our platform. Unlike Zoom and other popular virtual platforms, it allows us to play together in real time with undetectable latency.

To use Sonobus, you will have to go to www.sonobus.net and DOWNLOAD & INSTALL THE CLIENT SOFTWARE. It is free and available at this link:

https://www.sonobus.net/

To participate in this event, send Brandon a message to receive the SonoBus group name and any password we may be using. Just join the group at 7:30pm. Please try to configure your setup beforehand, but be prepared to tweak it during the session.

WHAT WE DO
This is a music improvisation jam, meaning we don't use music tab sheets, tunebooks, or play other people's music. Our goal is to create something unique, combining our individual skills and contributions into a piece of music that is nothing short of magic! Have you ever played music with people and at some point, you seem to "sync" with each other and the results are amazing? That's what we try to do from scratch...every week! We often surprise ourselves with what we come up with.

SO HOW DOES IT WORK?
Someone will usually start us off by "noodling" something; a riff, a beat, a chord progression. Others will start joining in, adding rhythm support, harmonic additions, etc. Eventually, lead melodies and solo lines emerge. The key is to listen to each other and add your piece. It's a group effort, so it's important to introduce just enough volume to add to a song and to not overpower everyone else. Please take a turn playing a solo if you feel the juice, but remember to give others the opportunity to do the same. Also, we don't usually play established songs; but we have, on rare occasion, borrowed recognizable riffs and song pieces to enhance our own music and style.

"WORLD MUSIC"? ISN'T THAT THE WEIRD HIPPY, FOREIGN STUFF?
Yes & no. Many of our songs can have a cultural edge to them. But the music we make is often a product of what instruments show up. People have brought everything from Greek baglamas, Irish bouzoukis, Turkish qanuns & kavals, sitars, etc. With all that, you can see why we could be associated with world music. On the other hand, we have guitars, saxes, flutes, harmonicas, and other western instruments that play regularly with us. American folk and contemporary music is still part of the "world", right? The music tends to write itself and we've played everything from spacey/meditative style to jazzy/bossa nova/blues to rock. Sometimes we get silly. We don't intentionally play any sort of style. Things just...happen.

WHAT INSTRUMENTS ARE ALLOWED?
This jam focuses on ACOUSTIC instruments (all string instruments, flutes, reed instruments, horns, accordions, hand drums, percussion, etc.) and allows players to experiment with unique instruments (handpans, digeridoos, etc.) & and other noisemakers (kid's classroom instruments). Everyone is responsible to bring their own instruments and support equipment, like stands, picks, etc. Please don't bring an amp unless pre-approved.

WHAT'S THIS I HEAR ABOUT HATS?
Hats are very important to us; they help us to recognize our members! We like to encourage everyone to wear some sort of headwear. We've had people wear top hats, gnome caps, straw hats, stuffed animal hats, and even plain ol' baseball caps. Just have fun with it!

World Music Acoustic Improvisation Online Jam

Online event

OUR SONGS ON YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF6FtgD6uzgDjT9bC92m6UvggXMTORhet

HOW TO JAM ONLINE WITH US
This is an online jam for the duration of the pandemic. We use SonoBus as our platform. Unlike Zoom and other popular virtual platforms, it allows us to play together in real time with undetectable latency.

To use Sonobus, you will have to go to www.sonobus.net and DOWNLOAD & INSTALL THE CLIENT SOFTWARE. It is free and available at this link:

https://www.sonobus.net/

To participate in this event, send Brandon a message to receive the SonoBus group name and any password we may be using. Just join the group at 7:30pm. Please try to configure your setup beforehand, but be prepared to tweak it during the session.

WHAT WE DO
This is a music improvisation jam, meaning we don't use music tab sheets, tunebooks, or play other people's music. Our goal is to create something unique, combining our individual skills and contributions into a piece of music that is nothing short of magic! Have you ever played music with people and at some point, you seem to "sync" with each other and the results are amazing? That's what we try to do from scratch...every week! We often surprise ourselves with what we come up with.

SO HOW DOES IT WORK?
Someone will usually start us off by "noodling" something; a riff, a beat, a chord progression. Others will start joining in, adding rhythm support, harmonic additions, etc. Eventually, lead melodies and solo lines emerge. The key is to listen to each other and add your piece. It's a group effort, so it's important to introduce just enough volume to add to a song and to not overpower everyone else. Please take a turn playing a solo if you feel the juice, but remember to give others the opportunity to do the same. Also, we don't usually play established songs; but we have, on rare occasion, borrowed recognizable riffs and song pieces to enhance our own music and style.

"WORLD MUSIC"? ISN'T THAT THE WEIRD HIPPY, FOREIGN STUFF?
Yes & no. Many of our songs can have a cultural edge to them. But the music we make is often a product of what instruments show up. People have brought everything from Greek baglamas, Irish bouzoukis, Turkish qanuns & kavals, sitars, etc. With all that, you can see why we could be associated with world music. On the other hand, we have guitars, saxes, flutes, harmonicas, and other western instruments that play regularly with us. American folk and contemporary music is still part of the "world", right? The music tends to write itself and we've played everything from spacey/meditative style to jazzy/bossa nova/blues to rock. Sometimes we get silly. We don't intentionally play any sort of style. Things just...happen.

WHAT INSTRUMENTS ARE ALLOWED?
This jam focuses on ACOUSTIC instruments (all string instruments, flutes, reed instruments, horns, accordions, hand drums, percussion, etc.) and allows players to experiment with unique instruments (handpans, digeridoos, etc.) & and other noisemakers (kid's classroom instruments). Everyone is responsible to bring their own instruments and support equipment, like stands, picks, etc. Please don't bring an amp unless pre-approved.

WHAT'S THIS I HEAR ABOUT HATS?
Hats are very important to us; they help us to recognize our members! We like to encourage everyone to wear some sort of headwear. We've had people wear top hats, gnome caps, straw hats, stuffed animal hats, and even plain ol' baseball caps. Just have fun with it!

World Music Acoustic Improvisation Online Jam

Online event

OUR SONGS ON YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF6FtgD6uzgDjT9bC92m6UvggXMTORhet

HOW TO JAM ONLINE WITH US
This is an online jam for the duration of the pandemic. We use SonoBus as our platform. Unlike Zoom and other popular virtual platforms, it allows us to play together in real time with undetectable latency.

To use Sonobus, you will have to go to www.sonobus.net and DOWNLOAD & INSTALL THE CLIENT SOFTWARE. It is free and available at this link:

https://www.sonobus.net/

To participate in this event, send Brandon a message to receive the SonoBus group name and any password we may be using. Just join the group at 7:30pm. Please try to configure your setup beforehand, but be prepared to tweak it during the session.

WHAT WE DO
This is a music improvisation jam, meaning we don't use music tab sheets, tunebooks, or play other people's music. Our goal is to create something unique, combining our individual skills and contributions into a piece of music that is nothing short of magic! Have you ever played music with people and at some point, you seem to "sync" with each other and the results are amazing? That's what we try to do from scratch...every week! We often surprise ourselves with what we come up with.

SO HOW DOES IT WORK?
Someone will usually start us off by "noodling" something; a riff, a beat, a chord progression. Others will start joining in, adding rhythm support, harmonic additions, etc. Eventually, lead melodies and solo lines emerge. The key is to listen to each other and add your piece. It's a group effort, so it's important to introduce just enough volume to add to a song and to not overpower everyone else. Please take a turn playing a solo if you feel the juice, but remember to give others the opportunity to do the same. Also, we don't usually play established songs; but we have, on rare occasion, borrowed recognizable riffs and song pieces to enhance our own music and style.

"WORLD MUSIC"? ISN'T THAT THE WEIRD HIPPY, FOREIGN STUFF?
Yes & no. Many of our songs can have a cultural edge to them. But the music we make is often a product of what instruments show up. People have brought everything from Greek baglamas, Irish bouzoukis, Turkish qanuns & kavals, sitars, etc. With all that, you can see why we could be associated with world music. On the other hand, we have guitars, saxes, flutes, harmonicas, and other western instruments that play regularly with us. American folk and contemporary music is still part of the "world", right? The music tends to write itself and we've played everything from spacey/meditative style to jazzy/bossa nova/blues to rock. Sometimes we get silly. We don't intentionally play any sort of style. Things just...happen.

WHAT INSTRUMENTS ARE ALLOWED?
This jam focuses on ACOUSTIC instruments (all string instruments, flutes, reed instruments, horns, accordions, hand drums, percussion, etc.) and allows players to experiment with unique instruments (handpans, digeridoos, etc.) & and other noisemakers (kid's classroom instruments). Everyone is responsible to bring their own instruments and support equipment, like stands, picks, etc. Please don't bring an amp unless pre-approved.

WHAT'S THIS I HEAR ABOUT HATS?
Hats are very important to us; they help us to recognize our members! We like to encourage everyone to wear some sort of headwear. We've had people wear top hats, gnome caps, straw hats, stuffed animal hats, and even plain ol' baseball caps. Just have fun with it!

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World Music Acoustic Improvisation Online Jam

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