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Baker's Dozen

Thirteen Masks: Jarboe's Favourite Music
Spyros Stasis , August 28th, 2019 08:28

Jarboe guides Spyros Stasis through 13 favourites in this week's Baker's Dozen, taking in the likes of Arvo Pärt, Kendrick Lamar, Janis Joplin and her relationship with Swans


Lama Tashi - Tibetan Master Chants
I am not really sure when I first listened to Tibetan throat singing. I was listening to David Hykes’ Harmonic Choir and saw them perform at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City. At some time in the late 80s or early 90s we had a sound engineer working with us who knew a teacher in England who taught this harmonic throat singing, and I gradually grew an interest in it. And then when the monks and the Dalai Lama came to New York in the 90s, for the year of Tibet I underwent the kalachakra endowment in Madison Square Garden along with several other thousands people. The monks did several shows around New York, chanting, which was all this heavy throat singing.

This chanting would put you in a kind of trance, which is perfect for the visualization that I was beginning to explore at the time, while studying and practicing Tibetan Buddhism. And it was what began to realise the meditative aspect of the process. These extreme visualizations with the deities and consorts, with the Tibetan Master chants, opened up this super portal where I discovered the power of deep meditation. And this record helps open this portal, if you put this on and do the visualisations it is a real aid in opening up this experience. It is something that takes you out of your body.