Journey to Aktehi

by Mark Seelig ~ Sam Rosenthal

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kimzi_ziceta This release washes away the listener's identity and the world where that identity resides. If you are an empath, an introvert, a seeker, etc...this release will be a beloved companion.
It is the gift of disconnection; an opportunity to hear Mother's heartbeat and reconnect to Nature and Source. Brothers and sisters who can transcend us to space beyond the veil are special and my heart is filled with gratitude.
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Travis N atmospheric minimalist ambient with a strange power to deeply alter your perceptions Favorite track: he became the wind.
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Scott Very relaxing, warm, and approachable music. I can't pick a favorite track because each one is equally deserving. Well done in all respects, from Mark's entrancing flute and vocal performances to Oscar's artwork (even Sam's hand-lettering adds to the terrific look). The swag from the fundraising campaign is all top quality (the T-shirt is the most comfortable I've ever worn!).
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Septembersister Pure elemental magic.
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Sam Rosenthal: Songwriter and keyboardist from the band Black Tape For A Blue Girl
Mark Seelig: Solo artist, transpersonal psychotherapist, and shamanic practitioner

On the border between electronic spacemusic and organic indigenous music, this release is an exhilarating and ecstatic exploration of the subjective land of Aktehi. The primary ingredients in the hallucinogenic soundscapes are Seelig’s Bansuri flute and harmonic chanting. Rosenthal’s subtle electronics, processing and production creates space for the mind-expanding travel akin to an altered state of consciousness.

“This album is alarmingly beautiful and unreal. As if the musicians have been given notes by something we don’t see in the physical realm.” – Matt Rowe, MusicTap

Envisioned as a psychedelic trip with the flute and chants of the shamanic main character leading the listener on a journey of sound, Journey to Aktehi is a three-part meditation free of percussive rhythms. The sonic textures intricately expand and develop, supporting water, flute, breath, and (overtone) voice. Unlike similar works that maintain a steady-state throughout each track, these pieces take flight and explore; the artists incorporate new elements along the way to maintain a fresh, vibrant experience from beginning to end.

“When I began this collaboration with Mark,” Sam reflects, “my desire was to take the listener into non-ordinary reality, a crossing into an imagined mountainous desert region I named ‘Aktehi.’ Mark’s intense voice and expressive flute provide the lift out of our consensus belief system. His performance becomes both the environment and the spiritbody for the shamanic character illustrated on the cover. With his ally animals and totems, he leads us into water canyons and up windy steppes where we undertake initiative inward examination as the music’s power takes hold.”

“Rosenthal’s collaboration with Seelig blends a strange union of that which is electric, and that which is fashioned by nature. Mixed with unworldly chant, that blend feels like a restorative gateway: a return to what we once were and should be now.” – Matt Rowe, MusicTap

Journey to Aktehi serves as admission to another realm: a psychoactive musical experience with a transportive effect upon consciousness.

For fans of: The Mahabharata Soundtrack, Djivan Gasparyan, Alio Die
Cover illustrations: Oscar Herrera, vocalist for Black Tape For A Blue Girl


released October 26, 2017

Solo releases from Mark Seelig

PERSISTENT VISIONS (with Byron Metcalf) | 2019
JOURNEY TO AKTEHI (with Sam Rosenthal) | 2017
TREE OF LIFE (with Loren Nerell) | 2014
NIGHT BLOOM (with Steve Roach) | 2010
NADA TERMA (with Steve Roach & Byron Metcalf) | 2008
MANTRAM (with Steve Roach & Byron Metcalf) | 2004


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