Want to make some music with strangers? The Playground Ensemble wants your help tonight

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There are millions of ways to make music in the world -- and that's exactly what the Playground Ensemble and the Front Range Soundpainters are counting on. Seemingly hawked right out of this week's Fringe Festival in Boulder, soundpainting is the art of live music composition incorporating hundreds of gestures to create new, improvisational music. Tonight's your chance to take part in it.

To participate, all you need to do is show up tonight at the Flobots Community Center at 6:30 p.m. with an instrument in your hand. For an hour, you'll be trained in the art of soundpainting, either as a composer or a player, and then at 7:30, you'll start painting. The whole thing will be finished up by 9, leaving you plenty of time to pursue the night's other activities.

The most interesting facet of this event comes from you, the participant. It's not required that you play any particular type of music. It doesn't matter how old you are -- heck, it doesn't even matter if you're any good. What matters is the community formed from the event.

It's collaboration on a massive scale. The goal is to create new and fresh sounds with new people -- and if a few minds get blown in the process, that's just a bonus. The only requirement is that you don't bring your full-stack and plan on getting crazy loud. Other than that, it's pretty wide open -- conversational, even.

If you don't view yourself as musically adept in any way, shape or form, you're welcome to stop by and watch what happens. It's sure to be interesting and guaranteed to be something completely new. No need to register or RSVP -- just get your open mind and an instrument down to 2705 Larimer tonight.

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