The October 2020 Contemplative Practice Webinar:
Music for Healing and Balance
Originally broadcast live on Wednesday, October 7th
Free and open to all, $10 suggested donation
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In this webinar, Reginald Cyntje will discuss and demonstrate how he uses music in the classroom and on the stage as a tool for healing, balance, and activism. He will explain how music has always been a contemplative practice. Attendees will have an opportunity to engage in musical meditation while witnessing the creative process of a jazz musician.
Reginald Cyntje (born in Roseau, Dominica and raised on St. Thomas, USVI) is a trombonist, educator, producer, and composer. He has created and performed an eclectic range of music. When you listen to Cyntje perform, you hear a passion for life and love in his sound.
Growing up in the US Virgin Islands (USVI), he was steeped in the rich cultural music known as Quelbe (the official music of the USVI). Quelbe was Reginald’s introduction to improvised music. With cultural heritage at the forefront and social justice as the message, he has “a deep-seated knowledge of Caribbean music and culture which has settled into his jazz trombone playing” (NPR Music). To date, Cyntje has recorded five albums as a leader. Rise of the Protester (2019), his most recent album, sonically captures humanity’s need to thrive when faced with adversity. This is his boldest statement on social justice.
Reginald Cyntje, the educator, is the Director of Jazz Studies at Duke Ellington School of the Arts, a professor of music at Montgomery College, Prince George’s Community College, and a teaching artist with the Washington Performing Arts Society. Cyntje has also worked with Jazz at Lincoln Center’s “Syncopated Leadership.” He began teaching trombone studies at the age of 15 and has taught in classrooms and conducted workshops for over 20 years.