“Music can open the heart to experience ourselves beyond the body and five senses, beyond the confines of time and space,” says throat singer Matthew Kocel. (Submitted photo)

Throat singer in Chilliwack Thanksgiving weekend

Throat singer Matthew Kocel performs Friday, Oct. 6 in Chilliwack

Matthew Kocel, throat singer, sound healer, multi-instrumentalist, composer and recording artist with more than three decades of experience as a performer and healing arts practitioner will be in Chilliwack next week for an evening concert full of extraordinary sound.

The Grace and Gratitude Concert, which takes place Friday, Oct. 6, also celebrates the making of Kocel’s second album Grace. CDs will be available at the venue and there will be time to mingle and converse with Matthew.

With his throat singing, overtone chant and natural voice, Kocel has tapped into a universal stream of music deeply familiar yet new at the same time. The harmonic overtones of his voice — two, three or more notes sounding at the same time resonate to the core of your being, expanding awareness beyond the physical body and five senses.

Accompanied by humble acoustic instruments and ancient technology, Kocel’s live performances have impacted people from all walks of life internationally, from Canada and the U.S. to Central and South America. His music defies conventional labels and must be experienced to be fully understood.

Kocel began his musical career as a bassist/singer/composer in blues/rock, fusion power trios and progressive rock bands. Evolution called and Kocel took a two-year hiatus from music as he reconfigured his life and dove head first into his spiritual path and healing arts practice. This abrupt change of direction ultimately led Kocel back to music, now with a purpose and a mission to create music that gives people a direct experience of their existence beyond the confines of time and space, while intimately connecting them to the evolving consciousness we call life.

“Music can open the heart to experience ourselves beyond the body and five senses, beyond the confines of time and space,” says Matthew.

Experience a soundscape influenced by the deep chants of Tibetan monks, the primal sounds of Tuvan/Mongolian throat singers and the celestial voice of European overtone singers. Float in a musical ocean of ethereal and sacred sound created by the profound vibrations of harmonium, crystal bowls, singing bowls and combined with the harmonic overtones of Kocel’s voice.

Matthew Kocel performs Friday, Oct. 6 at 45889 Henderson Ave. Concert starts at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.). Advance tickets: $25 at Amethyst Books & Essence (8989 Young Rd.), or online at www.amethystbookstore.com. Tickets at the door $30 (cash or credit only, no debit).

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