Free For All ready to rock Launceston

Published on 03 June 2021

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Launceston residents with musical talent — and those with no musical talent at all — are being invited to take part in a free new weekly music program.

The Launceston Improvised Music Association, with support from the City of Launceston and Arts Tasmania, is expanding its weekly 'Free For All' music program at Sawtooth ARI between June and October — and everyone is invited.

Free For All is held each Sunday from 4pm at Sawtooth ARI in Lindsay Street, and involves participants create improvised music using instruments they've never played before. No musical experience is necessary.

The expanded format will run until mid-October, and will see introductory performances delivered by local artists at each Sunday Free For All session before the community music making begins.

Launceston Improvised Music Association President Spike Mason was one of the original founders of the Free For All concept in Sydney more than 20 years ago.

"Free For All is about creating music in the moment," Mr Mason said.

"The standing rule is that you are not meant to play any instrument you've ever played before. If you're a piano player, you should play something other than piano.

"If you've never played an instrument, that's fine, pick one up and have a go.

"The idea is that anyone who comes — whether they're a professional like me or an absolute beginner — they're put in a situation where they have to be creative in the moment.



"Everyone is on an equal footing, and at an equal level. Everyone gets to approach it fresh and that is what makes it so exciting and so unique."

Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said Free For All was a fun event for people of all ages and backgrounds.

"If you're looking for a free weekly activity to keep the cold at bay this winter, Free For All at Sawtooth will warm the spirits," Mayor van Zetten said.

"It's a great opportunity to meet new people, immerse yourself in the creativity of Launceston, and have a blast."