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Dear friends, in the spirit of the light always returning, I wanted to share with you in 'a new light' whatever I can about the Harmonic Chant lineage practices and the Harmonic Presence work. Our Harmonic Presence Foundation is a transdisciplinary organization supporting harmonic knowledge and research integrating music, cosmology and neuroscience, and contemplative practice. I'm a composer-singer, contemplative awareness accompanist, and have been developing Harmonic Chant, a comprehensive system of contemplative music, since 1975, the year I founded The Harmonic Choir (New York, 1975), now in its 36th year. I often offer my music on behalf of the Buddha Dharma, and have had the honor to co-host events with HH the Dalai Lama, and the Gyuto and Gyume Monks.
Award-winning composer-singer David Hykes is the founder of Harmonic Chant, a universal music based on the natural harmonics of the human voice. Harmonic Chant, founded by David Hykes in New York in 1975, incarnates an extraordinary evolution of "throat-singing" techniques in some ways similar to those of Tuvan, Tibetan and Mongolian music, where singers produce soaring harmonic overtones high above their regular voices). Hykes was told by his Taos Pueblo godmother "we gave you the privilege to sing."
David Hykes (born March 2, 1953, Taos, New Mexico ) is a composer , singer , musician , author , and meditation teacher. He was one of the earliest modern western pioneers of so-called overtone singing , and has developed since 1975 a comprehensive approach to contemplative music which he calls Harmonic Chant (harmonic singing). After early research and trips studying Mongolian, Tibetan, and Middle Eastern singing forms, Hykes began a long series of collaborations with traditions and teachers of wisdom and sacred art, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and the Gyuto and Gyume monks. [ 1 ] Hykes founded the Harmonic Choir in 1975, and has performed and taught Harmonic Chant and the related Harmonic Presence work in America, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Japan, Australia and many other countries. [ 2 ] Of overtone singing and his own study of the form, music theorist Charles Madden writes, "David Hykes has done everything I had hoped to do, and more."