This unique presentation and performance experience will draw on Jay Rinsen Weik’s extensive experience with avant-garde music and the teachings of Zen. The Zen Arts Ensemble formed out of a series of workshops titled “Being Sound” that Rinsen developed to explore the intersection of sound and contemplative practice. The Zen Arts Ensemble is a chapter of The Drinking Gourd Institute, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. At the conclusion of this presentation and performance, participants should understand the practice of deep listening as well as contemplative creativity with sound, and be able to use this session’s format as a template for introducing this practice to others, regardless of their musical or contemplative experience level.

Jay Rinsen Weik

University of Toledo