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@improvyssey
Joined Toronto CA

Kari Maaren

I dunno...I play 500 billion instruments, write books, occasionally produce mildly amusing ukulele songs about Star Wars, and have been posting an improv a day on YouTube for, like, 1,065 days. During FAWM, I do "improvels" (improvised 28-chapter musical novels). During 50/90, I do whatever I feel like. I have absolutely no idea what I'll feel like this year.

My pronouns are she/her.

Songs (91):

[avatar] Mischievous by @improvyssey #instrumental #piano #improvisation #improv 3
[avatar] Here Come the Elves by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #tongue_drum 1
[avatar] Woven by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #tongue_drum 2
[avatar] The Weather Is Unexpectedly Okay by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #melodica ZONG
[avatar] The Haunted House Is Full of Mirrors by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #hammered_dulcimer ZONG
[avatar] Beneath the Surface by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #harp ZONG
[avatar] Contemplating October by @improvyssey 1
[avatar] Life Is Like a Rainbow Pumpkin by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #accordion 1
[avatar] Butterflies in Fall by @improvyssey #instrumental #piano #improvisation #improv 2
[avatar] [avatar] Dance with Me by @chris_buono + @improvyssey #song #accordion 6
[avatar] The Frogs Are Secretly Dancing by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #odd_instrument ZONG
[avatar] A Little Man Is Stabbing Me in the Brain by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #odd_instrument 1
[avatar] Dead All Along by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #glockenspiel 1
[avatar] Mondays Are Tiring by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #accordion 2
[avatar] Alone With These Problematic Feelings by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #harp 1
[avatar] Sometimes, It's Fun to Experiment by @improvyssey #tonguepan #instrumental #improvisation #improv 1
[avatar] Feather on the Wind by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #hammered_dulcimer 1
[avatar] Defying the Migraine by @improvyssey #improvisation #improv #accordion #instrumental 1
[avatar] Warm Blanket by @improvyssey #instrumental #piano #improvisation #improv 2
[avatar] Watching From Outside by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #mandolin 1
[avatar] Dance With Me by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #accordion 3
[avatar] Incomplete by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #harp 1
[avatar] It's Just About to Get Exciting by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #balafon 1
[avatar] The Dragon Doesn't Realise by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #khaen 2
[avatar] Heavy Lifting by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #accordion 1
[avatar] Soon by @improvyssey #instrumental #piano #improvisation #improv 2
[avatar] You Look Busier Than You Are by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #odd_instrument 2
[avatar] Paying Attention to Things Is Hard by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #hammered_dulcimer 1
[avatar] Dancing in the Rain by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #accordion 2
[avatar] Cavern by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #tongue_drum 2
[avatar] To Sleep, Perchance to Dream by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #hammered_dulcimer 1
[avatar] Ominous Bird by @improvyssey #pan_pipes #pan_flute #instrumental #improvisation ZONG
[avatar] I Believe in You, Okay? by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #accordion 1
[avatar] That Is Clearly a Magic Wardrobe by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #balafon 1
[avatar] Sleepy Time for Cormorants by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #kalimba 2
[avatar] Twilight Butterfly by @improvyssey #instrumental #piano #improvisation #improv 1
[avatar] The Tide Comes In by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #hammered_dulcimer 1
[avatar] Summer Is Not Almost Over by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #odd_instrument 1
[avatar] The Tragic Fledgling by @improvyssey #acoustic #instrumental #guitar #improvisation 1
[avatar] SPIDER by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #odd_instrument 4
[avatar] Answer These Riddles Three by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #tongue_drum 1
[avatar] Return to the Mountain by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #glockenspiel 1
[avatar] The Spider Is Still There by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #balafon 2
[avatar] Pushing Through the Bad Part by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #accordion 1
[avatar] Through the Door by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #hammered_dulcimer ZONG
[avatar] There Is Definitely Not a Spider in My Apartment by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #melodica 3
[avatar] The Untrained Dancer by @improvyssey #instrumental #piano #improvisation #improv 1
[avatar] Spiky and Difficult by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #balafon ZONG
[avatar] Down the Winding Road by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #taishogoto 1
[avatar] Goodnight, Frogs by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #banjo 3
[avatar] Undecided by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #kalimba ZONG
[avatar] Follow the Gnomes by @improvyssey #instrumental #piano #improvisation #improv 1
[avatar] Don't Drop the Bag of Marbles by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #balafon 1
[avatar] The Baby Squirrels Are Out of the Nest by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #balafon 1
[avatar] It's a Discussion, Not an Argument by @improvyssey #toy_piano #instrumental #improvisation #improv 1
[avatar] The Thunderstorm Isn't Coming by @improvyssey #bass_guitar #instrumental #improvisation #improv 1
[avatar] The Lonely Duck by @improvyssey #instrumental #piano #improvisation #improv 1
[avatar] Creepy Sparrows by @improvyssey #woodwind_synth #instrumental #improvisation #improv ZONG
[avatar] The Herons Are Flying by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #hammered_dulcimer 2
[avatar] The Rats Are in the Walls by @improvyssey 3
[avatar] In Sync by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #tongue_drum 2
[avatar] Stay Away From the Creepy Victorian Mansion by @improvyssey #instrument #improvisation #improv #accordion 1
[avatar] Unbalanced by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #charango 2
[avatar] Small Talk by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #odd_instrument 1
[avatar] It Has All Gone Horribly Wrong by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #odd_instrument 2
[avatar] Ghosts in the Wind by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #hammered_dulcimer 4
[avatar] Into the Enchanted Forest by @improvyssey #instrumental #piano #improvisation #improv 1
[avatar] This Math Homework Won't Finish Itself by @improvyssey #instrumental #ukulele #improvisation #improv 1
[avatar] The Solemn Birds Are Singing by @improvyssey #whistle #instrumental #fipple #improv 2
[avatar] Hall of Mirrors by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #glockenspiel 2
[avatar] Somebody Needs a Hug by @improvyssey #instrumental #piano #improvisation #improv 4
[avatar] To Catch a Thief by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #odd_instrument 2
[avatar] Cheerfully Furious by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #melodica 2
[avatar] Hundreds of Cats, Thousands of Cats by @improvyssey #cat_keyboard #keyboards #instrumental #improvisation 10
[avatar] Be Bold, Be Bold, but Not Too Bold by @improvyssey #hammered_dulcimer #instrumental #improvisation #improv 2
[avatar] Caffeinated by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #xylophone 1
[avatar] The Universe Is Broken and Complete by @improvyssey #stylophone #instrumental #piano #improvisation 4
[avatar] Nestling by @improvyssey #harp #acoustic #instrumental #improvisation 1
[avatar] A Little Sadness in Behind by @improvyssey #kalimba #instrumental #improvisation #improv 1
[avatar] Tomorrow May Be Exciting by @improvyssey #instrumental #autoharp #improvisation #improv 1
[avatar] The Squirrel Strikes Again by @improvyssey #balafon #xylophone #instrumental #improvisation 6
[avatar] That Mystic Crystal Is Somewhat Worrying by @improvyssey #accordion #acoustic #instrumental #improvisation 3
[avatar] After the Circus Is Gone by @improvyssey #acoustic #instrumental #acoustic_one_take #one_take 5
[avatar] Nothing Ever Works by @improvyssey #charango #acoustic #instrumental #acoustic_one_take 2
[avatar] Mood Swings Are Exciting by @improvyssey #baglamas #acoustic #instrumental #acoustic_one_take 1
[avatar] The Sleeping Bird by @improvyssey #tongue_drum #acoustic #instrumental #acoustic_one_take 7
[avatar] Skittering, Ever Skittering by @improvyssey #instrumental #piano #one_take 2
[avatar] Anxiously Exploring by @improvyssey #mbira #instrumental #one_take #improvisation 2
[avatar] Angry Cupcakes by @improvyssey #odd_instrument #taishogoto #instrumental #one_take 6
[avatar] And Then She Realised by @improvyssey #khaen #instrumental #one_take #improv 3
[avatar] Full of Stars by @improvyssey #instrumental #improvisation #improv #hammered_dulcimer 10

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nice, thanks for answering. i have a better idea now. ill keep watching to see more of your examples, and study how you do it

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cool ! how do you go about having the story be told through the music ? are there motifs you use for good / bad characters, settings, whether its quiet or loud etc ? or is it as simply as 'ill let the music do what it does, and ill think on my theme/ story ' ?

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hiya im back - thought id check out your improv again while i got the urge.. i saw you you do improv musical novels ? is that correct ? how do you go about this ? is it a story in your head for the series ?
EDIT: added 'musical'

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@chldomn5

ive found the same, improvisation has helped me a ton with musical confidence. ive more approached it day by day and how i feel so have only managed a few days in a row of improvs. but this alone has resulted in progress i never thought possible. little and often is just as effective as a lot and often, ive found.
im glad ive found someone doing this kinda approach here, ive seen some big names within the niche do this too and didnt really connect the two that people here would be doing the same.
i really like hearing your progress, it gives me confidence for when i do the same in future
i will check out more your vidz!

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@chldomn5

hiya thanks for your great response - ill look into Fireside harps. they have them on etsy ive seen with a quick search.
ill be sure to check out your other stuff too
have a great rest of 5090!

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@jeff9

I have to say that I'm not the most patient listener when it comes to instrumental music and I typically just skim rather than work my way through a lot of the pieces on anyone's profile in 50/90, especially when they've posted dozens of them--maybe it's just too daunting somehow. But I've found myself listening to multiple ones of yours from start to finish and connecting to the sounds in ways I can't even explain. The accordion pieces in particular are finding their way into cracks and crevices of my heart that I don't think I knew were there. I must have some distant ancestral connection to the sound of that instrument in my DNA. But I digress--thank you, thank you for sharing your talent and for enriching this listener's world today.

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Hey, Kari. Great, thx! Working on it and should have them soon. Would you want to see the lyric before it's posted, or are you okay with me just posting it when done?

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@yam655

I imagine using the grabber the first time is the hardest part. The spider I bought the grabber for disappeared before my grabber arrived, so I've not used mine yet. However, I've known smaller people with a shorter reach that were quite capable of using the grabbers in the past. I have faith that you can do it!

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There are two cats in this house. I own at least two very capable pieces of sampling software, which I should learn how to use properly.... ๐Ÿ˜€

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Kari, Just wanted to add my thanks to you for your comments on Into The Well. I also loved Florian's idea to add the sax. That really "makes it" for me!

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Hi Kari, thanks for your comment on โ€œInto the Wellโ€. ๐Ÿ˜Š As a long-term member of Sax Lovers Anonymous I cannot resist the urge to slip a saxophone into my songs every once in a while. I really enjoy coming back to your posts here, the range of rare instruments you show off is very inspiring!

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Hi Kari! I look forward to hearing more of your music, following your stories, and learning new things about various instruments! Have fun!