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Laurie Anderson & Friends: “Songs from the Bardo”

For Tibetan Buddhists, Bardo means the intermediate realm between death and rebirth. Avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson, composer and activist Jesse Paris Smith, and Tibetan musician Tenzin Choegyal explore the concept in a remarkable new album.

Songs from the Bardo begins with a bell ringing out once, twice, three times, as a ritualistic chant emerges from the dense silence. The collaborative composition by avant-garde icon Laurie Anderson, Tibetan multi-instrumentalist Tenzin Choegyal, and composer and activist Jesse Paris Smith is a guided journey through the visionary text of the Tibetan Book of the Dead, unfolding in an 80-minute ebb and flow of sound and words. Songs from the Bardo is a transporting experience, meant to draw the listener into the present moment and provide a framework for inner exploration. Anderson, Choegyal, and Smith fuse modern compositional techniques with the mystique of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy to make these visionary traditions more accessible to a new generation of listeners and to reveal the ancient wisdoms contained within.

https://folkways.si.edu/songs-from-the-bardo

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