Virtual Books and Beyond with Kenny Werner, Author of Becoming the Instrument: Lessons on Self-Mastery from Music to Life

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
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“Perfection, 360 degrees of soul and science in one human being. My kind of musician.” — Quincy Jones

“I wanted to find my own personal voice as a jazz artist. Kenny and Effortless Mastery were the keys for me. His book is tremendous.” — Herb Alpert


Lessons on Self-Mastery from Music to Life

By Kenny “Krishna” Werner


When we hear music, we often experience how the physical flirts with the spiritual in profound and moving ways. But what we don’t realize is that this confluence is possible not just in music, but in life, and it’s easier than you think, says the founder and musical director of the Effortless Mastery Institute at the Berklee College of Music Kenny Werner in his new book, BECOMING THE INSTRUMENT: Lessons on Self-Mastery from Music to Life (Sweet Lo Press; January 2022).

Packed with profound insights and uplifting anecdotes from his 40 years of studying, performing and teaching music, BECOMING THE INSTRUMENT follows his landmark book, Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician Within, with a guide for accessing the spiritual in our everyday existence and applying it to the pursuits we love. Werner shows us how musicians, artists or even business people can allow their “master creator” within to lift their performance to its highest level, showing us how to be spontaneous, fearless, joyful and disciplined in our work and in our life.

Whatever you are trying to master, Werner says the key is learning how to slip into The Space, the place beyond the conscious mind that allows us to effortlessly embody whatever we are doing. Entering this sort of flow state may seem esoteric and difficult to achieve, but Werner has easy exercises that will allow you to access this and achieve mastery. As Werner points out: Mastery is not perfection, or even virtuosity. It is giving oneself love, forgiving one’s mistakes, and not allowing earthly evidence to diminish one’s view of one’s self as a drop in the Ocean of Perfection,” Werner says. “And here is the good news: You don’t have to be a musician to have the experience!”


KENNY WERNER has been a world-class pianist and composer for over 40 years. His prolific output of compositions, recordings and publications continue to impact audiences around the world. In 1996 he wrote his landmark book, Effortless Mastery: Liberating The Master Musician Within. Werner was awarded the 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship Award for his seminal work, “No Beginning No End,” a musical journey exploring tragedy and loss, death and transition, and the path from one lifetime to the next. He has performed with such legendary musicians as Dizzy Gillespie, Betty Buckley, Toots Thielemans, Charles Mingus, Marian McPartland, Bobby McFerrin, Lou Rawls, Michel Legrand, Gunther Schuller, Bill Frisell, Pat Metheny, Elvin Jones and many more. He is the founding musical director of the Effortless Mastery Institute at the Berklee College of Music and has composed for international orchestras, received numerous NEA grants and been nominated for an Emmy Award.



By Kenny Werner

Sweet Lo Press; January 2022

$24.95; 268 pages

Paperback ISBN: 979-8-9850750-0-7

eBook ISBN: 979-8-9850750-1-4

Event Type(s): Book Clubs, Music
Age Group(s): Adults, Teens
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