Conducting an orchestra requires a highly skilled interpreter to direct the simultaneous performance of multiple instrumental groups by using emotive gestures, which guide the collective into a harmonious expression of the chosen piece of music. Typically, a conductor chooses the works to be performed, carefully works out his interpretation of the piece and then relays his vision to the performers, ultimately shaping the sound of the ensemble.
Group musical inter-actives, such as drum circles, are somewhat different – the participants are mostly complete beginners from various backgrounds and age groups, lacking any musical training and basic skills around volume control, tempo fluctuation and the understanding of the subtle energetic interplay between player and instrument.
The music created is natural, in the moment and free from structured forms, allowing participants to be completely themselves, while being encouraged to add their own sound to the group collective. This in the moment playing allows for a creative musical mess to unfold, which is skillfully directed back into fun functionality through gestures and guiding actions that foster group cohesion, affording participants a euphoric experience of their musical unity.