After Mark left his academic work behind he increasingly focussed on his longtime passion of being a musician. He has been studying the North Indian Bamboo Flute ‚Bansuri‚ with the Indian Bansuri Maestro R.K. Bikramjit Singh for several years and is now pursuing devotional meditative music based on Indian classical Ragas, as well as ambient shamanic styles in his collaborations with Arizona based Steve Roach and Byron Metcalf.
Mark has collaborated on a number of CD projects:
„Dharma Moments„, the second collaboration with Andres Condon, featuring a surprising mix of guitar, Bansuri, chants, percussion etc.
Shamanic drumming, haunting chants, mystical soundscapes, earthy didgeridoo, and enchanting Bansuri flutes take the listener on a deep journey into the beyond.
Parimal in Silence
„Parimal in Silence“, a live recording of meditative music during an evening celebration at Parimal Meditation Center, Germany.
About the CDs and Mark’s style
Mark’s style of flute playing and vocals is mainly influenced by North Indian Classical music, by the Tuvinian throat singing traditions of Mongolia, and by various modern ambient artists. In his work with several musicians Mark is pursuing three different genres of music:
Devotional-Sacred, created by mantra chants and traditional Indian Ragas played on the Bansuri, such as on the album ‚Disciple‚ or as in ‚Parimal in Silence‘. These CDs lend themselves well for all types of deep meditation, Yoga practice, spiritual/devotional and heartcentered disciplines etc.
Mark’s flute playing – the bansuri
A mild and quiet evening in the big meditation hall of an Indian Ashram. Thousands are gathered to listen to the great Bansuri maestro Hariprasad Chaurasia. Into the pindrop silence his tunes descend from heaven and put on us a spell from the beyond. I feel my heart chakra expanding rapidly. The magic of his playing moves me to the core. This hollow bamboo seems to hold all the secrets of the universe, seems to point the way to the divine. Hariprasad plays for almost three hours, and the world becomes a different place, infused with spirit.
At the time of this concert I was struggling with a serious heavy metal poisoning. My body was very sick. I was constantly dizzy, irritated, and prone to fatigue attacks and headaches. I was certain that I was going to die. In the attempt to support my healing I had started working with entheogens. During the journeys I listened to Hariprasad’s Bansuri, and the fascination with the sound grew to incredible proportions. I would listen to nothing else, convinced that the divine tunes of this bamboo flute would heal me.
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