THE STORY BEHIND THE EP
First of all, this limited edition EP entitled INTO THE BEYOND is dedicated to Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa. May my heart, my speech, my mind, and my actions always be aligned with his. When I learned that His Holiness was going to be visiting New York in April 2015, I decided to fast-track the three Buddhist mantra songs from my forthcoming album BEYOND THE BEYOND. Beyond the Beyond, an offering of Buddhist and Hindu mantra music, has been in production, off and on, for the past two years and will be released in Summer 2015. While logic said that fast-tracking these three songs was a crazy idea—the tracks are elaborate, and still needed a great deal of work back in February when I made this decision—my heart told me to go for it. And so we did. I humbly offer this music to His Holiness and all listeners everywhere, imperfections and all. May all beings benefit from the healing vibrations of this mantra music.
INTO THE BEYOND: Modern Renditions Of Ancient Buddhist Mantras
“Dedicated to His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa and featuring Lamas Karma Drodhul and Karma Thendup from Karma Triyana Dharmachakra monastery, this much-anticipated debut EP from kirtan artist Lee Mirabai Harrington delivers high-spirited renditions of ancient Tibetan Buddhist mantras. Known for her rich, powerful and deeply healing voice, Lee sings with devotion, Dharma and love. Each track has a distinctly different feel, ranging from the foot-tapping groove of “Chenrezig’s Jam” to the soaring, jubilant vocals of “Beyond the Beyond,” which features a gospel group and guest artists Gaura Vani and gospel singers John James and Keith Fluitt (backup singers for, among others, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jaggar, Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson and Celine Dion). The epic three-part song “Homage to Green Tara” is a journey onto itself, with hypnotic instrumentation, a lush female choir, and the ethereal vocals of Tibetan artist Drukmo Gyal Dakini, who sings the “21 Praises to Tara” in Part II of this track. This song is a sonic landscape of healing and transformation—you’ll step into the vibrations of the 21 Emanations of Tara and emerge cleansed. Contributing musicians include the Grammy-award winners Steve Gorn (flute, soprano sax), John McDowell (piano, African drums) Hans Christian (cello and sarangi) and Anthony Molina. Perfect for yoga classes, foot-tapping mantra recitation practice, heart expansion, and meditation. Playing these mantras in the background will clear your environment of any congested energies.
Into The Beyond: Modern Renditions Of Ancient Buddhist Mantras,
Lee (Mirabai) Harrington, CD, 2015, $11.00