“Playfulness is not lost,
it's just hiding”
Composing Community is dedicated to create a world where people reconnect with their senses by rediscovering thier playfulness.
We strive to create music-inspired tools that helps everybody, regardless of prior musical background, to connect, trust and expand the use of their senses.
We produce workshops and events where playfulness can be learned, practiced and performed at all levels.
Composing Community Global Org. founded by composer Keren Rosenbaum, teaches and practices the art of play. In our programs we create situations where playfulness can be learned practiced and performed at all levels, we believe that play produces creativity, resilience, empathetic connection, and sustainable growth for individuals and larger communities.
The Active Listening Playground is a performative stage where Reflexive Music plays out. Using Reflexive Music and the ALP Method, play arises – accessible to everyone, at any time, within any condition.
In our process we compose communities by invoking playfulness to create a cultures of innovation. ALP is a method that develops creativity, empathy and social connection within a group.The method can be applied to any time-space-condition. Participants can be of any age and come from any background. A group might consist of just 2 people, or it might include 10,000 people
ALP (Active Listening Playground) method is based on a series of simple exercises that create a safe environment where each participant finds space to discover and express an authentic voice while constructing personal and collective meaning. The method is internationally practiced and integrated into schools, academies, social organizations, communities and refugee camps around the world.
We compose an ever-increasing global community of active listeners using Reflexive Music and by creating distinctive Active Listening Playgrounds. Rosenbaum has been commissioned to compose communities for art institutions, universities, and Not-for-Profit and commercial organizations. Each playground represents a unique event, specifically tailored to the needs of the community seeking composition.
We focus on finding instead of searching. We loop actions with reactions in a circular mode. Within the ALP Method we refer to this process as Reflexive Music. The “music” is everything that happens in the action, reaction, and the in-between. Here, the term “music” extends beyond what we know from the world of instruments, orchestras, or choirs. It refers to each movement, sound, and intention in the action-reaction event. ALP allows us to explore the possibilities within this space of action and reaction from multiple perspectives. We call this extended layering of perspectives the “I - YOU - WE - WORLD”.
Each individual in an ALP event has four choices: they can listen, they can lead, they can compose, they can perform or produce. With the ALP Tools we claim the freedom of choosing our own time and place to create, in a supportive and safe environment. This safety operates on three principles:
1) The freedom we find when we let go of our judgment of self and others;
2) The ease we find when we embrace our confusion as a positive state;
3) The delight we find in provoking mistakes and celebrating them. With the ALP Tools reconfigured as music scores we are able to practice both our strengths and weaknesses as observers, innovators and imitators.
We begin to experience a healthy balance between these fluid roles. We practice imitating, observing, initiating - the stances which allow individuals and communities to form meaning and engage in heartfelt interaction.
The Playground is a literal metaphor for an environment in which each individual in a group can find a way to express, connect and play. With the ALP Tools we transform into leaders, develop creativity, work in a team, learn to let go, and become strong followers.
The ALP Programs uses the ALP tools to train local teams to practice with an associated larger community. The local teams are then empowered to develop and integrate both tools and concepts in order to build a strong and sustainable creative and supportive community.
We offer workshops, courses and performances/events in various formats according to the needs and conditions of our clients. Companies and organizations invite us for ALP workshops and courses where we teach, practice, perform and integrate the tools to connect employees, give departments the ability to work as a team, and produce a creative and attentive work environment. We know playfulness leads to higher productivity. We practice playfulness as a goal unto itself, not only as the means to an end. Using the ALP Method, “music” comes back to every situation, and with the ALP Tools everyone is able to sustain it.
Creating Playgrounds within well-established organizations and companies directly funds our work with Playgrounds in challenged communities of few resources, low-income schools, and refugee camps around the world.
"... ALP changed the way i used to see this world. it sharpened my mind and gave me a proper way of solving problems and living in a society" - Shyaka Allison / ALP Rwanda / 2015