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Have you ever dreamt of being in a band? Or do you miss the feeling of getting lost in music with others around? Enter The Adjacent Possible, in which 20 people are invited to gather online in a guided musical improvisation. While this might sound intimidating to those of us who don’t consider ourselves musicians, the project’s creators assure us that anyone can participate.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, artist and musician Joshua-Michéle Ross conceived of The Adjacent Possible as a physical performance. But like most everything, it has adapted into a virtual experience thanks to a collaboration with Adam Brick and Adam Lucas. And the project is likely to serve a deeper need now — offering an outlet for people to create and connect with one another across the globe.

So, how does it work? First, you can relax and show up in your sweatpants, because there will be no video involved. At the start of your 45-minute session, you’ll have the opportunity to pick your instrument in a “virtual rehearsal room.” From there, your conductor will show you all the ways you can use your instrument before everyone dives into making blissful music.

The Adjacent Possible is currently being hosted for free, between now and May, by the Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, California. In an email, the space’s director and chief curator, John D. Spiak, articulated the freeing effect of being an anonymous musician: “The Adjacent Possible was 45-minutes free of the anxieties often associated with improvisational performance among strangers, replacing it instead with a meditative, relaxing outcome.”

When: February–May
Where: online via the Grand Central Art Center

More info at the Adjacent Possible

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