René Jenkins is a multi-instrumentalist, ceremonial sound practitioner, speaker, teacher and professional musician for over 25 years playing trombone, piano, and ancient indigenous instruments. Versed in many styles of music from big band jazz, funk, R&B, reggae, salsa, brass ensembles and pit orchestras, René has backed many established artists in the industry such as Natalie Cole, Johnny Mathis, the Temptations, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Joe Williams, Jah Levi & Gregg Allman, to name a few. He is currently the trombonist for Dick Bright’s SRO, a 19 piece soul-rock band with a vast repertoire of music from Motown to hip-hop.
René was introduced to the Australian Didjeridu in 1993 and began offering "sound attunements" integrating music, shamanistic studies, and his desire to heal others. In January 2003, René founded VibeTherapy, a sound healing practice that employs the subtle energy principles of intention and sound for well being. René, who had begun his sound healing practice just 3 months prior to meeting his most influential teacher, Tito La Rosa, first heard Tito perform in March of 2003. Since then, René has been conducting sound healing ceremonies with ancient indigenous instruments, and sharing their historic metaphysical attributes to individuals and groups. René credits the mastery of Tito La Rosa’s work, handed down from the Q'ero elders of Cuzco, as one of the major catalysts that augment his current vocation.
"The many amazing tools and cherished instruments Tito has generously gifted me have become expressions of my most inner Self. It is through the voice of these ancient instruments where I express my Inspired Spirit. Inspiration expressed inherently inspires others to share their gifts with the world. I feel we are here to inspire each other and offer the gift that is our life to Life itself. We are art, and living--an art form."
Currently, as a Ceremonial Sound Practitioner & Healing Performance Artist, René performs "healing concerts" across the country along with his partner, Janet Janay Cipriani, offering private & group sound healing ceremonies, house blessings and workshops.