A new community orchestra in Ann Arbor!
Regenerate! is a loose collection of musicians based in Southeast Michigan, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Detroit.
We want to provoke a joyful revolution in classical music! We’re always looking for ways to make our orchestra more thrilling, inclusive, and sustainable.
What kind of music do we play? That’s a hard question, but to give it a go I’d call it experimental-ambient-folk-noise music. We put on shows called “immersions,” where we fill a space with musicians and set the whole place ringing with warm, chaotic sounds. Many find meaningful experiences in these shows, and to really see what it’s about, you should join us for one!
"Nothing short of a call to shift the classical music paradigm... ...envisions a world where classical music has been "de-homogenized."
- Concentrate, Ann Arbor
Play with us!
We're looking for anyone and everyone who wants to play on our December 17th show in Ann Arbor!
A live immersion on April 26th, 2023. at the Ypsilanti Freighthouse
See our next show!
Performance in Planet Rock Ann Arbor on December 17th, 2023.
Performance at the Third Place [MUSICFEST] in Ann Arbor, MI.
Music and Place
Life today can be isolating and exhausting. The Regenerate! Orchestra combats the forces of alienation by creating an uplifting, place-based community around music!
Classical music often neglects its relationship to place. Composers work hard to ensure their music can be played anywhere, by anyone, while sounding the same each time. In classical music's quest to maximize efficiency, it often flattens and depersonalizes the music-making process. At its worst, it can drain music of its social element and render it lifeless.
We're after the opposite; music that is so Michigan that it literally can't happen anywhere else. We want to make music that is full of life, which for us means music that is deeply rooted in place, that draws from and strengthens our local regional identity. The only way to truly experience our music is by joining us for a live event here in MI. We want to give this community something truly unique to be proud of and to find joy in!