Greetings from the Land of Enchantment: Tyner Septet and the Sound of Infinity

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Tyner Septet and the Sound of Infinity

Well, I was not disappointed in the McCoy Tyner show at the Lensic this past Saturday. I've seen him several times in his typical genre of trio or quartet--in Seattle. But this past weekend he played in a larger group, which was a great way to showcase him at this stage in his career. His bassist is one of the most amazing musicians I've ever seen! He has such a range.

The most amazing thing, besides his playing my favorite song for his encore, was his trombonist. For the second encore, he comes onto the stage without his instrument and picks up 5 different sizes of conch and plays them as if they were horns. The sound was so crisp and with such range. In yoga, the sound of the Conch is the sound of Ong (OM)--the sound of Infinity. The Experience of God within the Self. So, to see it played with such mastery. Wahe Guru!

"Through time man started writing about the chanting of Ong and reading about it, but not practicing it. The result was that he eventually forgot what the sound is and then he became a shopper. He went from one place to another, to another, to another. He went from one person to another person to another person, asking, begging for happiness. He went from one religion to another, from one place to another, from one house to another, just asking for peace. He forgot that what is he is asking for, is within himself." --Yogi Bhajan, September 26, 1974


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