After leaving academia behind, Mark increasingly focussed on his longtime passion for music. 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 Loren Nerell, Steve Roach, Byron Metcalf, Sam Rosenthal, Andres Condon, Steve Brand and other esteemed friends and colleagues.
Mark has collaborated on a number of CD projects:
SOLD OUT !! Please contact Sam at projekt.com. Limited edition album. Hallucinogenic ethno-organic-electronic music created by Sam Rosenthal (leader of Black Tape For A Blue Girl) and Mark.
A magical first collaboration between Gamelan expert UCLA sound engineer Loren Nerell and Mark Seelig, Bansuri and chant afficionado.
Shamanic drumming, haunting chants, mystical soundscapes, earthy didgeridoo, and enchanting Bansuri flutes take the listener on a deep journey into the beyond.
Live recording of the band ‘Ancient Current’ with guest Mark Seelig (Bansuri und Chants), taken in the summer of 2013, Ft. Bragg, Mendocino County, CA.
Each track reflects sounds of a different culture, taking the listener to mystifying dimensions.
A deeply mystical collaboration between ambient sound wizard Steve Roach and harmonic chant afficionado Mark Seelig, focussing entirely on exploring the trancy ambient spaces of sound textures and vocals.
The third collaboration between Mark, Byron, and Steve, expanding into the deep inner zones of shamanic dimensions, adding a haunting feature of the Asian-Indian string instrument ‘Dilruba’.
A shamanically oriented full collaboration between Steve, Byron, and Mark, moving deeper into the altered dimensions of the journey space.
This CD is the hemi-sync version of ‘Wachuma’s Wave’, featuring an extra track composed specifically for this special edition.
A powerful shamanically oriented project with percussion, flute and overtone vocals together with Byron Metcalf and Steve Roach as guest artist.
Mark’s deeply devotional solo project, fully moving into the spiritual-meditative energy of Indian classical Ragas and chants, supported by Steve and Byron.
Parimal in Silence
Live recording of meditative music during an evening celebration at Parimal Meditation Center, Germany. Not officially released as a CD.
The second collaboration with Andres Condon, featuring a surprising mix of guitar, Bansuri, chants, percussion etc.
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.
Shamanic-Ambient, created by soundworlds, overtone chants, powerful percussion from frame drums, claypots etc., and Bansuri flutes. This genre reflects the profound ecstasies and the challenging depths of shamanic journeys. It can be heard on ‘Wachuma’s Wave’, Deep Time Dreaming’, ‘Mantram’, ‘Nada Terma‘, ‘Nightbloom’, Tree of Life’, ‘Intention’, and ‘Journey to Aktehi‘.
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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