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 an affinity for dance, comparative literature, and contemporary circus arts. Her creative work embodies this penchant for collaboration across all media, offering immersive sound experiences influenced in part by Western sacred music and the percussion of Zen monastic life.
Rachel is the founder of Cha Dao Chicago, an organization which hosts tea ceremonies and educational events to make the practice of tea accessible in Chicago and its suburbs.