The Winds of Spirit
The Winds of Spirit penetrates to the depths of meditative ecstasy – exploring the space and silence between musical notes and the breath.
Byron Metcalf and Mark Seelig have gathered again to create a deeply meditative album inspired by their critically acclaimed 2019 release Persistent Visions. During the initial recording phase of The Winds of Spirit, an increasing intuition emerged for these long-time collaborators to penetrate even deeper into the dimensions of silence and space between the musical notes and each breath.
Byron’s easy and steady percussive magic, holding space for Mark’s hauntingly mesmerizing exploration of Bansuri flutes, conveys a sense of the Winds of Spirit gently blowing through the flutes and the entire sonic landscape – in much the same way it does through our lives. The listener is invited into this arising metaphor, immersed in the flow of existence with a calm sense of trust that carries us home. With additional musical support from Dashmesh and Paul Casper, The Winds of Spirit provides heart centered sonic support for extended meditation practices, massage and body work, entheogenic and empathogenic exploration. Designed for continuous, uninterrupted listening.
(This does not contain Hemi-Sync®)
1. Winds of Spirit One 27:02
2. Winds of Spirit Two 22:37
3. Winds of Spirit Three 15:45
4. Winds of Spirit Four 6:18
Total time 71:47
Recorded and mixed by Byron Metcalf with Mark Seelig at “The Lair”, Prescott Valley, AZ
Mastered by Cass Anawaty, Sonoran Mastering, Scottsdale, AZ
Executive producer: Garrett Stevens
Byron Metcalf – Frame drums, udu, synth drones and pads
Mark Seelig – Bansuri flutes
Dashmesh – Tabla, synth pads, soundworlds
Frore (Paul Casper) – Synth textures
Brenda Molloy – Design images – brendamolloy.com
“I took The Winds of Spirit for a spirited, wind-filled walk in the high hills of the Chattahoochee National Forest. My walk became a flurry of images, from visions of peaceful Muskogee women gathering water at the river’s edge and sadhus wandering through jungles in India, to groups of old Taoist and Chán hermits sitting on cliff sides sharing tea and rice wine. When the recording came to a calming conclusion, I realized I had been able to drift for an hour without a worry of present-day realities, my tight shoulders were thoroughly loose, and I was – once again – breathing deeply, centered, not the near-frozen, shallow breathing of the last few months. This is healing music in a time that needs it.” – Hawk of the Pines (Frank LaRue Owen)
“When discussing artists this consistently masterful, it’s futile to call one work ‘best,’ but this is an exceptional album. The fuzzy, drawn-out bansuri flute notes hark back to Jon Hassel’s seminal Fourth World Possible Music series with Brian Eno in the early-1970s. The three long-form tracks at the heart of this album allow listeners to settle into the transcendent states being conjured here. The sequenced, full-album track is a thoughtful and generous bonus.“– Paul Asbury Seaman
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Byron Metcalf, Ph.D.
Byron is a transpersonal guide and educator, shamanic practitioner, researcher, and professional musician. Byron holds a Ph.D. in transpersonal psychology, a master’s degree in counseling psychology, and is a certified graduate of Grof Transpersonal Training and Eupsychia Institute’s Psycho-Spiritual Integration programs. Byron has trained, studied, and worked with shamans, healers, and psycho-spiritual teachers from many parts of the world including Stan Grof, Jack Kornfield, Hameed Ali, John Davis, Ph.D., Angeles Arrien, Ph.D., Jose and Lena Stevens, Sandra Ingerman, and Don Americo Yabar. For nearly three decades, Byron has been intensely involved in consciousness research and spiritual development, specializing in the transformative potential of alternative states of consciousness. As a drummer, percussionist and recording engineer, Byron produces for deep inner exploration, breathwork, shamanic journeywork, body-oriented therapies, various meditation practices and the healing arts.
Byron has conducted two formal research studies examining the healing potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness. "Examining the Effects of Holotropic Breathwork in the Treatment of Addictions” (1995) has been cited in several professional journal articles and Byron presented the results of this study at addiction conferences throughout the United States. He also served as a training consultant to various treatment centers and clinics educating on the efficacy of utilizing transpersonal approaches in addiction treatment, and served as a graduate advisor for Prescott College’s counseling psychology master’s degree program for over 10 years. Byron’s research study, "Breathwork as a Shamanic Strategy” (1999), was an original component of Byron’s doctoral research that examined the effects of breathwork within a shamanic framework. Among several important outcome factors, the study confirmed the fundamental role that "intention" plays when working in non-ordinary states. Byron's doctoral research eventually became the catalyzing force behind the development of HoloShamanic Strategies, LLC. Both studies were published in the Inner Door, the official publication of the Association for Holotropic Breathwork International (AHBI).
Byron began developing the theoretical framework for HoloShamanic Integration™ in the late 1980s in response to clients’ requests for a deeper and expanded understanding of who they profoundly are, and to support their learning to function in the practical world from that deeper place. In 1999, his doctoral dissertation in transpersonal psychology (Shamanic Perspectives in Transpersonal Psychotherapy) focused on the core principles and dynamics of what has since evolved into HoloShamanic Integration™ and "The Shaman's Heart Program: The Path of Authentic Power, Purpose & Presence" (Monroe Products, 2008).
In 2006 Byron retired from his professional counseling practice of over 20 years in order to devote his full energies to HoloShamanic Strategies, LLC, and its training program development, and also to allow more time in his recording studio.
Byron’s highly successful music business career spans 5 decades and covers a wide variety of musical styles and genres. A professional drummer at age 15, Byron has played on several gold and platinum albums (most notably Kenny Rogers’ album "The Gambler”). He has performed at top concert venues including Carnegie Hall, The Greek Theater, The LA Forum, Universal Amphitheater, The Grand Ole Opry, and Wembley Arena (London), as well as headliner showrooms in Las Vegas, Reno, and Lake Tahoe. Byron also performed on The Tonight Show, The Grammy Awards, The American Music Awards, CMA Awards, ACM Awards, Fantasy Island, Hee Haw, Good Ole Nashville Music, and many others. Beginning in 1987, Byron focused his musical talents toward the healing arts, creating musical sequences for Holotropic Breathwork workshops, and facilitating men’s workshops and shamanic drumming circles and ceremonies.
Since 1997, Byron has been producing solo CD projects and collaborating with other artists including Steve Roach, Mark Seelig, Dashmesh Khalsa, Ron Oates, and several other musical guests. Byron's 1998 solo release "Helpers, Guides & Allies” continues to receive enthusiastic reviews in the shamanic, trance dance, and therapeutic communities, and was rated #4 in Backroads Music's 1998 Best of Year Selections in the World Music category. Byron collaborated with award winning recording artist and sonic innovator Steve Roach on the critically acclaimed 2-disc epic "The Serpent’s Lair”(Projekt Records, 2000). "Not Without Risk” (Dr Bam’s Music, 2001) was Byron's second solo project followed by "Wachuma’s Wave” (Spotted Peccary, 2003), a collaboration with German artist Mark Seelig (with Steve Roach), which was chosen by Backroads Music as the #1 Release of 2003 in all categories.
In 2005, Byron teamed up with Monroe Products to produce a Metamusic® version of Byron’s critically acclaimed "The Shaman’s Heart” (with Steve Roach) which includes Monroe’s Hemi-Sync®technology embedded in the music tracks. "The Shaman’s Heart with Hemi-Sync" won the 2006 Visionary Award for "Best Innerspace/Meditational/Healing CD". Monroe Products also released a Metamusic version of "Not Without Risk” (re-sequenced and re-titled as "Spirit Gathering”) in late 2006, and a Metamusic version of "Wachuma's Wave" (re-titled as "Deep Time Dreaming") in 2007. More recent CD releases include "A Warning From the Elders” (Dr Bam’s Music, 2007), "Nada Terma” with Mark Seelig & Steve Roach (Projekt, 2008) "Dream Tracker” with Dashmesh Khalsa & Steve Roach (Dr Bam’s Music, 2010), and "The Shaman’s Heart II” featuring Steve Roach (Projekt, 2011), "Medicine Work” with Rob Thomas of "Inlakesh” (Dr Bam’s Music, 2013), and "Intention” with Mark Seelig (Prokekt, 2014).
As workshop, retreat and ceremonial leader with over 25 years of experience, Byron has facilitated personal growth and healing workshops featuring Holotropic and HoloShamanic Breathwork and The Shaman’s Heart Program/Training throughout the US. Byron has also been a featured presenter at seminars and conferences on the healing potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness, music, sound and sound technologies.
Byron lives in the high-desert mountains of Prescott Valley, Arizona and is the founding director of HoloShamanic Strategies, LLC, offering spiritual and shamanic counseling/healing services and experiential learning programs.
From early childhood, Mark Seelig felt a growing fascination with the world’s spiritual traditions. His interests have taken him to India, the USA, South America, and Germany.
After many years of therapeutic and academic training, Mark left the scholarly world behind. The influence of Asian mysticism and spirituality, South American ceremonial rituals, and the musical traditions of India have worked their magic on his life in many humbling ways.
Mark received classical training on the violin from age 8 through 14, and then taught himself guitar and vocals. At age 42 his musical focus shifted again: during a deep vision quest, he felt encouraged to take up the North Indian bamboo flute ‘Bansuri’ at a rather late age for picking up a new instrument. He has studied for 10 years with the Indian Bansuri Maestro R.K. Bikramjit Singh.
In his work with groups and individuals as a clinical psychotherapist and in private practice, Mark embraces the approaches of Transpersonal Psychotherapy and indigenous ritual traditions. He facilitates breathwork and ceremonial group work in which he uses music and non-ordinary states of consciousness to create a space of ceremony and healing.
Mark’s music and work is offered hoping to make a small contribution to raising consciousness: may we all learn to face our shadows, honor our skills, and live in harmony with each other and the universe.
A part of the proceeds from Mark’s work supports the Lakota Waldorf School on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
Learn more about Mark and his work at http://mark-seelig.com.