PZI Teacher Archives
Music recorded during talks and sesshins
Original music inspired by and for meditation, improvised by artist and musician Michael Wilding. Michael plays a wide range of instruments including saxophone, flute, didgeridoo and drums. From the Red Thread Sunday Zen session with guest host Tess Beasley, recorded March 26, 2023.
Sickness and medicine relate to listening—listening very intently and deeply to the song, the voices of the moment we are in. Music from Michael Wilding from a Sunday Zen session with John Tarrant & Friends recorded March 5, 2023.
A gorgeous lilting ballad, “Now Westlin’ Winds,” sung a cappella by Jordan McConnell, of all things red thread and the passions of fall: hunters shooting, wild birds taking flight, and the field of love. The ballad is also known as “Song composed in August,” a Robert Burns song-poem, written around 1783. Recorded on October 7th, 2022 in Fall Sesshin.
Michael Wilding weaves a magical solo flute improvisation for the Great Kalpa Fire session from Sunday, September 18, 2022. 5 minutes.
Michael Wilding’s solo flute during John Tarrant’s Sunday Talk: The Great Way Is Not Difficult; It Just Avoids Picking & Choosing. Recorded on June 26, 2022 in the Online Temple.
Michael Wilding’s improv on flute, recorded Sunday, May 2022, during John Tarrant’s What Is This? Sunday Session. 5 minutes.
Meditation on the koan, What Is Jiashan’s State of Mind, is accompanied by Jordan McConnell’s musical improvisation on guitar. Recorded on May 1, 2022, during John Tarrant’s Zen Is Poetry Sunday Talk.
Michael Wilding adds his original music on saxophone to John Tarrant’s meditation session. As recorded live on Sunday March 6, 2022. 6 minutes.
Michael Wilding plays an exquisite solo during meditation. From John Tarrant’s Sunday session, recorded on February 20, 2022.
Jordan McConnell sings the Sho Sai Myo Kichijo Dharani to ward off danger and to dispel demons the nine times required for its magic to take hold. Recorded February 27, 2022. Introduced by John Tarrant.
Where do songs come from? “Maybe nowhere! They are just here, waiting for us to get out of the way and let them in.” Jordan McConnell and Michael Wilding converse about music, play riffs in response to each others’ inspirations, and then share their histories: how they found meditation and music, and how one practice influences the other. Hosted by Jon Joseph Roshi on November 29, 2021.
Michael Wilding’s transportive original composition, an interlude for meditation, on flute. As recorded September 19, 2021.
A beautiful version of the 4 Boundless Vows for 2 harmonizing voices. It blooms! Thanks to Rose Joseph & her friend Delfine. As recorded during Jon Joseph’s Monday evening talk on September 20th, 2021.
Jordan McConnell on guitar and vocals, playing a variation on PZI’s Four Boundless Vows. From a Sunday Meditation & Talk with Allison Atwill & Tess Beasley, as recorded May 30, 2021. PZI Zen Online.