8 Lessons on Collaboration from Music Improvisation

I play in a band called THIN AIR. This 5-piece ensemble draws from an extensive vocal and instrumental repertoire to create improvised music out of “thin air.” On the surface, this might sound like chaotic fun, but in fact, it’s a practice of intense collaboration that holds many lessons for life beyond music. Collaboration, liked improvised music, can be marvelous and beautiful— more textured and complex, more available talent and instruments, unexpected and lush surprises, and more.