Kazzrie Jaxen is a creative improviser and vibrational adventurer. As a jazz pianist and singer she has performed in the US and in Europe at venues such as Carnegie Recital Hall, DeSingel, Town Hall, Birdland, and The Blue Note. She has recorded for the Jazz Records and New Artists labels as well as independently, and has taught jazz improvisation for over thirty years. Also a visual artist, she has shown her work in solo and group shows in New York City and upstate New York.
Kazzrie's Qigong and Tai Chi studies began in 1982. Her teachers have included Franklin Kwong, Ronger Shen, Yi Wu, Michael Winn, Ron Diana, Karin Sorvik, Tina Zhang, Mantak Chia and Robert Peng. She has been an Associate Instructor with Healing Tao USA since 2005. She has also studied and taught at The Stillpoint School for Advanced Energy Healing under the direction of Meredith Young-Sowers.
Kazzrie has been a Qigong and Meditation instructor at The Lodge at Woodloch in Hawley, Pennsylvania since May of 2006. She is also the originator of a vibrational form of chi transmission entitled "Dreaming In Music." Her clients lie underneath her grand piano, journeying into the dreamtime as she connects to their energy and plays into their bodies. This work has been evolving since 1994 and is the direct result of Kazzrie's life experience and personal healing journey under the tutelage of Nature.
It has been presented in workshops and performances around the country as well as in private sessions. Also a gift from her healing journey, "Earth Beauty Qigong" is an original Qigong form that retraces the spirit's journey from conception to birth to reawaken a mutually creative relationship between Heaven, Earth and Humanity. It was transmitted to Kazzrie beginning in 2004 and will be taught for the first time in 2011.
Kazzrie is currently leading workshops combining Qigong instruction with "Dreaming In Music" journeys as part of her research into the synthesis of Qigong and Jazz Improvisation. She has begun performing concerts entitled "Grand Piano Qigong," expanding the energy body of the piano so that audiences can experience "under-the-piano" journeys into the chi field to collectively dream, create, celebrate and rejuvenate. She often performs Qigong at the beginning of her concerts, coordinating movements with spoken or sung words.
Kazzrie experiences Qigong as music that harmonizes the human body with our musical universe -- a universe that is perpetually singing itself into being. She feels nourished by the kinesthetic beauty of the movements as well as the emphasis on meditative focus and "less effort." Not only has Qigong helped her to heal from serious illness, but it's also given her a way to safely channel creative energy. It's enabled her to begin living from a sense of ease and flow rather than resistence and overwhelm. She's excited about the role that Qigong is playing in human evolution, restoring our ability to communicate with the life force and returning us to our birthright: conscious creation.
Kazzrie's recent creative projects have included a solo piano soundtrack for the award-winning film "Beautiful Hills of Brooklyn," directed by Ragnar Friedank and starring Joanna Merlin; the voiceover narration for the audio version of "The Indigo Wizard's Awakening Tales" written by Sister Paula Matthews and set to music by composer Ann Krupski; a duet CD with poet Mark Weber entitled "A Million Shimmering Fish" to be released in 2011; a musical collaboration with The Drummers, a six-person conga drum ensemble; a jazz quartet entitled "Quaternity," with Charley Krachy, Don Messina and Bill Chattin; and an illustrated book about her adventures with internal alchemy entitled "Changing Keys."