Throughout human history and across most native traditions, constant repetitive rhythms and the steady drone of chanting have carried shamans and other spiritual seekers into other dimensions in ecstatic trance. Even today, this music, as ancient as the rocks and wind, provides sacred transport to higher states of wellbeing and bliss. Attaining the Shante Ishta is the goal of this journey. This is the “single eye of the heart,” the third eye or wisdom eye of the ancients–the shaman’s eye. It is the place where the individual soul attunes to the collective, universal heartbeat that unites us all.
Shaman’s Eye brims with multi-layered currents of sound and chanting woven around a steady stream of theta and delta brainwave rhythms. These provocative soundscapes are designed to tap into our own ancestral depths and call us into the secret worlds of trance. Each of these musical landscapes is alive with its own distinctive spirit energy. As they carry us forward they become the vehicle for our journeys.
Science is proving what shamans and mystics have always known … that we are interconnected in a unified realm of vibration that shapes all life. In ecstatic trance, Shamans and healers shift their perception into this invisible realm in order to effect their physical world. The steady & ancient rhythms of Shaman’s Eye open the portals into this state of trance – it awakens our heart’s wisdom, intuition, and healing potential.
Amani Friend – overall production, sound design, composition, pads, didgeridoo,
percussion, shakers, jaw’s harp, nature recordings, gongs & bells
Rara Avis – sacred chanting, overtone singing, breath & spoken word
Robert Mirabal – Taos flute, native chanting, bird calls
Sarah West – sacred chanting, breath & spoken word
Bente Darma Friend – shamanic chants
Steve Landsberg – surbahar & tampura
Dominic Dean Breaux – silver flute
Michael Kott – cello
Jim McGrath – udu drum
David Dunn – pond insects
Album produced by Amani Friend (of Desert Dwellers) for White Swan Records
Album intention, inspiration and text written by Bente Darma Friend
Artwork and Graphic design by Amani Friend (www.gobaldragon.com)
Produced and Mixed Global Dragon Studio (Santa Fe, NM)
Mastered by Michael Stearns (Santa Fe, NM)
© & (P) Global Dragon 2007 (ASCAP)
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all the talented musicians and vocalists who have contributed their masterful art to this project. We are grateful this album has become a unique and selfless offering to the world, helping inspire healing energy and assisting in ceremony, prayer, meditation and creativity. Deepest bows of respect to the lineage holders and ancient wisdom carriers of the traditional cultures that are woven into the fabric of this collaboration. Thank you to our White Swan family for always supporting such medicinal music, and to Craig Kohland of Shamans Dream for his support and friendship over the years.
A portion of all proceeds from this album will be given to the Paititi Institute