Byron Metcalf & Mark Seelig: Kali Raga (Digital)

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1 A Teacher Appears
2 Kali Raga
3 Legacy
4 Beyond the Prophecies
5 Timeless Voices
6 Eternal Tara




Genres: Ambient, World, New Age, Meditation

Featuring the hypnotizing presence of Frore’s synthesizers. 


Tribal-ambient drummer Byron Metcalf and bansuri flute player/overtone singer Mark Seelig unveil their 7th collaboration, Kali Raga. For 20 years they’ve walked the path of empowerment as kindred spirits, creating sonic collaborations that merge modern methods with ancient traditions. These visionary artists blend shamanic, tribal and meditative drumming with classical Indian ragas, captivating melodies, and the hypnotizing presence of Frore (Paul Casper)’s analog and digital synthesizers. Together they realize music that is mystical, contemplative and dynamic, leading the listener towards doors that only deep imagination can open.

“Our concept for this album was to revisit many of the rhythmic and melodic terrains that our music has explored over these many years. The power of Kali and tender curiosity of Raga exquisitely supported us throughout the making of this album.” – Byron Metcalf

A dynamic flow of six mesmerizing tracks continues for an hour, invoking spirit with a serious invitation to those involved in inner exploration, visionary rituals, ceremonies and spiritual practices. Each sonic element falls into place: Byron’s drums and percussion are heart-centered and gentle on some tracks and intensely powerful on others. Mark’s evocative bamboo flutes create a sense of safety and wonder while his overtone singing adds a mysterious depth to the multi-layered sonic sacrament. Similar to the drumming on Kali Raga, Frore’s synthesizers produce a fascinating blend of timeless atmospheres and energized electronic intensity.

Kali Raga – a musical odyssey where the organic meets the electronic, and the ancient blends with the contemporary. This music transcends genres and time, inviting listeners into the magic and mystery of introspection and connection with the universal language of music.  


Artists Bio:

Byron Metcalf is an award-winning musician and recording artist, shamanic practitioner and ceremonial leader. His highly successful music business career spans over five decades and covers a wide variety of musical styles and genres. Byron’s extensive catalog of releases is designed to support the transformational arts and is used throughout the world for meditation practices, shamanic journeying, breathwork, various therapy approaches, dance and inspired movement and psychedelic exploration.


Mark Seelig has released 21 albums solo and in collaboration. After early exposure to psychedelic medicines when they were still legal in the late 60s, he became a spiritual seeker, protestant minister, clinical psychotherapist, lead therapist trainer in psychedelic research, disciple of indigenous medicine traditions, and a fascinated student of the North Indian ‘Bansuri’ bamboo flute, leading to 20 years of musical co-creation with award-winning percussionist Byron Metcalf.





Credits

Recorded and mixed by Byron Metcalf at The Lair, Prescott Valley, AZ
Mastered by Cass Anawaty at Sonoran Mastering — Scottsdale, AZ

Byron Metcalf — Frame drums, ceremonial drums, clay pots, rattles, shakers
Mark Seelig — Bansuri flutes, overtone vocals

Frore (Paul Casper) — Analog, digital and modular synthesizers
Recorded at The Nameless Place, Virginia Beach VA
Shane Morris — Virtual tabla (track 3)

Sam Rosenthal — Graphic design
© Dr Bam’s Music, BMI / Devotional Flute and Chant, BMI

Projekt release: January 26 2024

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  1. Reviews Editor

    From Exposé

    The tribal ambient sounds of this magnificent duo are always a welcome deep dive into spiritual realms, like two guides illuminating a path out of the cold darkness toward the warm morning sun. We have covered several previous releases by Metcalf and Seelig: Persistent Visions from a few years ago comes to mind immediately, but there was Intention a few years before that, and both have blessed us with numerous collaborations with others as well, in fact I believe my first exposure to Metcalf was his 2000 collaboration with Steve Roach titled The Serpent’s Lair.

    Here on Kali Raga. Metcalf plays frame drums, rattles, shakers, clay pots and ceremonial drums, while Seelig plays bansuri flutes and provides overtone vocals. But there is a third collaborator here as well, and regular Exposé readers willl know him well, Paul Casper a.k.a. Frore plays all manner of synthesizer (analog, digital and modular) on all of the album’s six tracks, providing engaging background textures and hypnotic dreamlike structures that offer a mysterious soundworld for Metcalf and Seelig to weave in and out of as each piece proceeds. Frore’s frequent collaborator Shane Morris is here as well, but only on one track “Legacy” providing virtual tabla. With a total playtime of a little over an hour, the listener will discover many moments of high energy tribal shamanic power, but also a deep meditative spirit abounds by virtue of Seelig’s bansuri flutes, each pulling the listener in slightly different directions as they proceed down the path. The effect is dreamlike and mesmerizing, something akin to the soundtrack to a shimmering journey through a magical world, every spin providing new discoveries that went unnoticed on previous plays. -Peter Thelen

  2. Reviews Editor

    From Sequenzer Welten

    There is music that will be good forever – yes, it really is for eternity and the Kali Raga by Byron and Mark with support from Frore (Paul Casper) is an album in this category. I have rarely listened to an album more times in one day than the Kali Raga. It is simply a magical combination of synths, shamanic drums, raga and flutes…

    The way I feel about it at the moment is the Kali Raga “THE” album of all – music for eternity. Byron, Mark and Paul: with deepest gratitude for this fantastic music!!!

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