Rachel Elizabeth Maley is a visual and sound artist based outside of Chicago. A musician since a young age, she performs on multiple instruments and voice, and has worked in various capacities for Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra, Side Street Studio Arts, the Brevard Music Center, and the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq. Rachel attended the University of Chicago intending to study ethnomusicology, but instead developed affinities for dance, comparative literature, and contemporary circus arts. Her creative work embodies this penchant for collaboration across all media.
Rachel is a practitioner of meditation and Cha Dao, the Way of Tea. She is the creator of Cha Dao Chicago, which hosts tea ceremonies and educational events to make the practice of tea accessible in Chicago and its suburbs, and teaches meditation throughout the area.