Zach Field will present a percussion and meditation session at The First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant Street in Newburyport. Zach has been the director and proprietor of the successful percussion studio, Zach Field Drum Studios, at the Tannery in Newburyport for more than a decade. Currently, he employs six professional percussionists and offers a variety of lessons and classes. Zach graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Lowell with a Bachelor’s degree in music performance. He has taught percussion in the Pentucket Regional School District as well as at Salem State and is a guest lecturer at UMass Lowell. At present, in addition to running his studio, he performs with several local drum groups. In 2010 he began ‘The Gong Meditation Project’ as a means of helping himself and others find ways to escape from the everyday stresses of life. After years of attempting silent meditation, he found that playing soothing pitched gongs enhanced the meditation process by helping distract the mind and encouraging a relaxed state. His service, entitled “Gong Meditation and Relaxation,” will provide a brief history of his own journey into using gongs and will offer some meditation tips. He will then invite the congregation to engage in a twenty-minute gong meditation.
WHAT: Percussion Meditation Service
WHEN: Sunday, December 30 at 10:30am
WHERE: The First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant Street, Newburyport
COST: Free and open to the public