|1. Yamantaka||Year of Recording: 1988|
|2. Mahakala||Record Label: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings|
|3. #2 For Gaia||Producer: Mickey Hart|
|Engineer: Tom Flye|
|Photography: John Werner|
|Series Ethnomusicology Consultant: Fredric Lieberman, Ph.D.|
|Project Consultant: Robert A.F. Thurman|
The Tibetan Buddhist Gyuto Monks produce polyphonic prayers for various purposes including blessings, the exorcising of human afflictions of anger, lust, and envy, and invocations of protector deities. Primarily recorded at the Lucasfilm’s Skywalker Ranch sound studios during the Gyuto Monks’ 1988 American tour, the album also features a tribute to the Gyuto Monks by Mickey Hart, Kitaro, and Philip Glass recorded live at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
It was twenty-five years ago that, on the full moon night of October, high on the foothills of the Himalayas, there first broke upon my ears the holiest sound I have ever heard. The solo chords of the Gyuto monks have impounded Tibet’s mystery into sound-a sound so awesome, so ethereal, that it verges on a vocal miracle.
— Huston Smith
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