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File under: SacredTibetan

Laurie Anderson, Jesse Paris Smith, Tenzin Choegyal

Songs From The Bardo


Songs from the Bardo begins with a bell ringing out once, twice, three times, as a ritualistic chant emerges from the dense silence. The collaborative composition by avant-garde icon Laurie Anderson, Tibetan multi-instrumentalist Tenzin Choegyal, and composer and activist Jesse Paris Smith is a guided journey through the visionary text of the Tibetan Book of the Dead, unfolding in an 80-minute ebb and flow of sound and words. Songs from the Bardo is a transporting experience, meant to draw the listener into the present moment and provide a framework for inner exploration. Anderson, Choegyal, and Smith fuse modern compositional techniques with the mystique of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy to make these visionary traditions more accessible to a new generation of listeners and to reveal the ancient wisdoms contained within.

File under: SacredTibetan
Cat. number: SFW CD 40583
Year: 2020
"A journey through passages from the Tibetan Book of the Dead" or Bardo Thodol, set to music. "The music is designed to help you float out of your body, to go to into these other realms, and to let yourself do that without boundaries." (Laurie Anderson interviewed by Huib Schippers on 2018-04-03). These quotes are from the liner notes, which can be downloaded via https://folkways.si.edu/songs-from-the-bardo which states the genre(s) as "contemporary & electronic ; sacred".

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