Cultivating the Zone: Zen Arts Ensemble Concertizes at UT

Posted Feb 11th, 2013 by Kelly McGilvery  Category: Arts & Entertainment


Toledo, Ohio – February 11, 2013

Cultivating the Zone: Zen Arts Ensemble Concertizes in Recital Hall

An experience that is part avant-garde improvisation and part creative meditation, the Zen Arts Ensemble will perform on Tuesday, February 19 at 8 p.m. in Recital Hall at the University of Toledo’s Center for Performing Arts.

Performers draw from a variety of traditions – jazz, classical, and world music – and collaborate in a unique concert experience where they are attentive to the present moment unfolding and are playing and reacting to one another. Musicians come from the Buddhist Temple of Toledo, University of Toledo, and Indiana University.

The spirit uniting the chamber-like ensemble is drawn from Buddhist sutras and chance operations. The ensemble’s director, Jay Rinsen Weik, will play guitar and will be joined by fellow UT faculty members Norm Damschroder on bass, and Olman Piedra on world percussion instruments. They will be joined by vocalists Denise Ritter-Bernardini, director of the UT Opera program, and Kim Lynch Buehler, UT Jazz vocalist. Derek Reeves, principal violist of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, will also play.

The concert is free of charge and open to the public. The CPA is located on the main campus of the University of Toledo, at the corner of Towerview Boulevard West and West Rocket Drive.

Rev. Jay Rinsen Weik

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