Mindfulness meditation...guided meditation...music meditation...and silent meditation in a room with others on a spiritual path. For our March gathering, we are honored to have Brian Kay performing for us in the music meditation portion of our program, when he will be playing oud (more about the oud below). Meditations begin at 10:30 and continue for one hour. Following meditations you are invited to join us in the dining room for lunch--delicious organic, whole, vegetarian snacks. Welcome to our meditation community!
About the Musician: Brian Kay has performed throughout the United States and beyond. He specializes in historical plucked instruments and ancient songs of the world, is a songwriter, plays a variety of percussion and wind instruments, writes poetry, and paints. During the 2013 - 2014 season, Brian appeared in major US cities such as Boston, Cleveland, Miami, Houston, and New York.
Brian has been featured at distinguished venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Shriver Hall, and The Boston Early Music Festival. His radio appearances include Baltimore's WYPR and Boston's WGBH. His debut album Ocean was released in November 2013. As an avid ensemble player, he has performed with Appolo's Fire, Ayreheart, Hesperus, The Boston Early Music Festival Ensemble, The Broken Consort, The Catacoustic Consort, Baltimore Baroque Band, The Peabody Consort, The Peabody Renaissance Ensemble, and he is a founding member of the early music improvisation group Divisio. He is the only two-time winner of The Lute Society of America's national Emerging Artist lute competition and the 2013 recipient of Peabody Conservatory's "Excellence in Early Music Award." Cleveland Classical Review called Brian "far-ranging," "brilliant," and "exciting." The Boston Musical Intelligencer stated that Brian "bemused and beguiled" and Early Music America called Brian "phenomenal." Enthusiastic about teaching, Mr. Kay has lectured at Yale University, The Peabody Conservatory, Shriver Hall, and The Walters Art Museum. In September, 2012 he was Artist in Residence at The Cushman School in Miami, Florida, where he taught 7th & 8th graders musical appreciation through the experience of composing and producing their own music.
About the Oud: The oud is one of the oldest stringed instruments in the world and likely originated in Southern Mesopotamia (what is now Iraq). As with anything so old, the oud's origins are steeped in legend, but it definitely dates back to at least 3000 BCE, at which point it began to appear in works of art and on decorative functional items. The popularity of the oud spread throughout the Middle East, Mediterranean, and Northern African regions as well as into Central Asia, and the oud and its regional variants went on to become the primary stringed instrument of the Classical world. Most modern Western stringed instruments (including the lute, guitar, and mandolin) are descendants of the oud.