༺ Mantrasphere ༻


Mantrasphere album cover

Before a retreat with the Western Chan Fellowship in 2008 I was practising a classical guitar piece, the sublime Bach Prelude from BWV 998, and so had it as a repeating ’ear-worm’ for the first few days. This was a pretty normal sort of an occurrence. On day three or four, early in the morning there was some sudden shift and I ‘heard’ the piece in its celestial glory as though played in Heaven by Bach himself! The beauty of it was actually painful in its force. It was a devastating experience. For the next few days I was hearing celestial music forming, dissolving, forever changing. It was a mixture of everything I’ve ever heard and I had not experienced anything like it before or after. On returning from the retreat I picked up my guitar and before playing anything I tried to recall something of the celestial music. Over the next year or so I got a few fragments down. They eventually got recorded by my excellent chum Barry and it became this album. For the recording I got in the late Steve Carvey for percussion, Sophie Muir and Pete Lowry for some backing singing. Barry plays keyboards on a few tracks.

The CD can be bought from the shop.



Three Refuges

Interview on Swindon105.5 with Lisa Coleman
one two three

Produced by Barry Andrews of shriekback

“These mantras, beautifully rendered in a contemporary fashion that retains the spirit of the originals, provide a profound, musical introduction to the basics of Tibetan tantra and to heartfelt Buddhism in general. The singer-composer is to be warmly congratulated on this innovation.” John Crook , Chuan deng Jing Di. Teacher: Western Chan Fellowship.