Greetings from David Hykes and the Harmonic Presence Foundation
"David Hykes has opened a new dimension in music,
bringing us the music of the spheres.
It is the music of overtones which hold sway throughout the universe...
As music, these wondrous sounds retain an extraordinary mystery, for they
make every listener feel humble and yet part of the great Whole."
--violinist, conductor and yogi Lord Yehudi Menuhin
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David Hykes, pioneering composer-singer, visual artist, and contemplative mentor,
shares the Harmonic Presence teachings and practices in their four main forms:
Harmonic Chant, the "music of the spheres of being," which he founded in New York in 1975
and has shared world-wide ever since, through hundreds of concerts
with the Harmonic Choir, and retreats and seminars in over 20 countries;
Accompanied deep contemplative and meditation practices, explored in retreats since 1980;
A broad range of healing harmonization and mindfulness practices, perfected since 1975;
and the Harmonic Vision-- our voices visualized, revealing their innate harmonic patterns
whether sounding names, all Names, mantras, in stars, and in the universe.
DAVID HYKES HARMONIC PRESENCE WINTER-SPRING 2015 CALENDAR
Retreats-Seminars in France:
Click HERE to download the brochure for March-April-May 2015
The weekends of March 7-8, March 21-22 (Spring Equinox),
April 4-5 (Easter Light), and May 23-24.
The retreats take place at Pommereau,
our magical 12th century retreat center in the Loire valley, just 90 minutes southwest of Paris.
Retreats-Seminars in the USA:
David Hykes is giving a weekend of Harmonic Presence teachings
at the Open Center in New York City, on May 2 and 3, 2015.
The teachings are open to the public.
You can get the information here on the Open Center website.
"David Hykes's music is haunting and transporting.
It takes you some place like the Sahara desert, somewhere completely otherworldly.
It transports you to the Ancient Time.
While searching for music for my film 'Travellers and Magicians,' I listened to so much music.
But I always came back to David's.
From the moment I heard it, there was no doubt..."
Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche.
HARMONIC PRESENCE ONLINE PROGRAM 2015
To download the HARMONIC PRESENCE ONLINE PROGRAM 2015 brochure, click HERE.
For more information about individual or group sessions, or to register for a retreat,
or call the Fondation Présence Harmonique in France: +33 2 54 72 82 12.
You can order albums by DAVID HYKES & THE HARMONIC CHOIR here:
"Fantastic!" "This album really takes me out there."
--Buddhist filmmaker Khyentse Norbu.
Featuring David Hykes, Tibetan singer Dadon and the Harmonic Choir,
HARMONIC MANTRA is available HERE for listening and digital download.
The album includes "Harmonic Mind and Life: OM MANI PEME HUNG,
from the concert with the Harmonic Choir at the
2008 Mind and Life Institute retreat at Garrison Institute
where Hykes served on the faculty. MLI was founded by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and
neuroscientist Fracisco Varela, bringing together contemplative practitioners and neuroscientists
from the world over to share their research showing the transformation
we experience through practice of contemplative spiritual disciplines.
HEARING SOLAR WINDS,
David's all-time best-selling album with The Harmonic Choir,
is available HERE for download, or on CD,
remixed and remastered from the original recordings
in a remarkable audiophile edition in honor of the album's 30th anniverary.
Hykes's music has been heard in many films,
including Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life,"(Golden Palm, Cannes Festival), "Baraka," "Blade"...
ALSO AVAILABLE from cdbaby.com:
featuring DAVID HYKES AND THE HARMONIC CHOIR.
Seven "harmonic worlds", from the Mandala
of the 32 Modes of Harmonic Chant.
David has had the honor to offer music to a number of truly extraordinary films
from global SACRED CINEMA; here is his reel on Vimeo:,
and here, film clips from various exceptional Hollywood movies in which his music appears.
And And here, a trailer for the wonderful film, WHEN THE IRON BIRD FLIES,
about the rise of Buddhadharma in the west.
Says pioneering teacher, therapist and human resources consultant
Crystal Forthomme of the Real Change Network
about David's Harmonic Presence retreats:
"David is wonderful. He embodies what he teaches, is funny, engaging and a master of opening
to the healing energy of sound/vibration/harmonics. A brilliant pioneer and practitioner."
In the Harmonic Presence retreats-seminars,
we work with primordial awareness of sound and vibration,
and the resonances of silence, space, light and sensation.
We work intensively with voice and awareness in connection with deep aspirations
for harmony, healing and wholeness.
Working with finer and finer harmonics of listening,
breath, silence, space, sensory awareness vibration and light,
we can find meditative stability in the vast and ever-present "Ancient Time."
The Fondation Présence Harmonique coordinates the dissemination of the
Harmonic Presence teachings and practices, including Harmonic Chant,
developed by David Hykes since 1980 and shared in retreats, seminars, conferences,
university residencies, as well as cultural and research collaborations around the world.
Whether in educational, cultural, spiritual, or scientific circles,
the harmonic work resonates now world-wide in many spheres.
In the seminar-retreats, we share deeply transforming awareness
practices with sound and listening, silent being and joyful gnosis,
all in a restorative, creative and healing environment.
The Harmonic Presence meditative awareness practices, including Harmonic Chant,
are shared with David in open retreats and seminar groups
he conducts around the world since 1980,
in countries including the USA, France, Denmark, India,
Italy, Japan, Australia, Germany, Czech Republic, England,
Norway, Estonia, Spain, and others ...
Some highlights of concerts and seminars along the harmonic songline...
David offered a benefit concert in Boudhanath, Nepal,
in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Rangjung Yeshe Institute,
directed by revered Tibetan Buddhist master, Tulku Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche.
Inspired by this occasion, and his recordings of the amazing huge bell
at the Boudhanath Stupa, David began a series of new dharma music compositions,
the first of which.... opens HARMONIC MANTRA.
You can now organize a retreat, seminar or vacation at Pommereau,
our magic center near the Loire, just 1h45 southwest of Paris, France!
David Hykes's career in exploring the primordial radiance of light and sound
began with the screening of his film "MOVING PARTS"
in the New American Filmmakers series at the Whitney Museum, in 1973.
Following more years in the wonderful, now lost, world of underground cinema
in New York in the 1970s, David turned principally toward the development
of the Harmonic Chant practices, from the beginning seeing them
as part of an authentic path toward recognizing
the true nature of the arising, sustaining, and disappearance of all phenomena--
the wave-like expressive nature of ultimate reality.
Since 1984, when he began re-introducing the visual dimensions of his work
in the concerts of his group, The Harmonic Choir, he's developed the Harmonic Vision work,
his approach to creating visual and audiovisual art with his voice.
SOUNDS OF COMPASSION...
The Harmonic Presence Foundation is dedicated to sharing
the essential practices and teachings for recognizing and realizing
the true nature of harmony inside and out,
including its utterly fundamental presence in the human mind, heart and body.
The quality of its reverberations in our actual lives depend on the level of our listening, attunement,
and practice of one of life's most essential skills-- the art of accompaniment.
"The music of the spheres" includes the ultimate reality of the inner spheres,
which resonate as experience, contemplation, communication and understanding.
The result at each stage of accomplished practice is "well-tuned being."
The starting point is always the search for self-knowledge--
how to listen, and how to listen-in to the deeper music,
silence and harmony of inner being.
With that ongoing discovery, we become better and better "first responders" in the present moment,
learning to compassionately accompany the music of all spheres.
We are devoted to sharing as widely as possible
the creatively inspired, deep and joyful Harmonic Chant,
developed with David Hykes since 1975,
as well as the Harmonic Presence contemplative awareness practices
linking music, meditation, the mind, and healing harmonization.
.... We had a very inspiring tour and pilgrimage to India,
including time in Dharamsala at His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Namgyal Monastery,
and then in Bir, at Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche's wonderful Deer Park Institute .
We were then in Delhi for ten days,
where we offered a week of concerts with the Harmonic Choir,
as well as Harmonic Presence teachings and seminars
in and around the International Festival of Sacred Arts in Delhi.
(An article about our visit appeared in the Times of India.
You can read it here.)
David Hykes, the wonderful Sufi singer and composer from Delhi, India,
Dr. Madan Gopal Singh, the brilliant young Qawwali singer, Dhruv Sangari,
and the Harmonic Choir
have had wonderful musical meetings of mind and heart since 2010,
during the International Sacred Arts Festival in Delhi,
and have given soaring concerts together in New York, Bordeaux, France, and Australia.
"The Harmonic Presence Foundation offers concerts, seminars, retreats, teachings and residencies all over the world,
spreading a form of knowledge which joins the sciences at their most intangible level,
where what appears as matter turns out to be pure energy.
This music which David Hykes brings us, from the harmonic series, being, as he says the musical DNA,
the source of all the music we know, which gives us life,
also provides an extraordinary 'Genesis Chapter' for musical education at all levels."
--the late Lord Yehudi Menuhin, renowned violinist and yogi.
Here are two videos of David Hykes in concert in Paris on YouTube:
David Hykes served on the faculty of the Mind and Life Institute,
which brings together leading neuroscientists and contemplative practitioners
with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other spiritual teachers to study the transformation of the mind and brain through meditation.
He gave the closing evening concert with his group,
The Harmonic Choir, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of their breakthrough album,
"Hearing Solar Winds," the best-selling overtone album of all time.
You can read some texts about David Hykes's work by spiritual and cultural luminaries here,
and you can read testimonials from some of the many people who have studied with or received healing sounds work by David Hykes
and have had deep musical, meditative and/or healing experiences here.
David Hykes is a renowned and award-winning composer, singer, and widely-respected researcher of contemplative music practice.
He has been teaching the contemplative and spiritual awareness practices called the Harmonic Presence work since 1980.
He has had the honor to contribute his universal sacred music in festivals, Cathedrals and spiritual
centers around the world, and especially to projects and events in service to:
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Gyuto and Gyume Monks, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoché, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoché
and the Rangjung Yeshe Institute, and Tsoknyi Rinpoché.
Feel free to contact us with any questions or for more information
by e-mail or phone: the Foundation office in France: at +33 254 72 82 12.
Since September 11, 1981, our Foundation, founded at New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine,
has served the aim of sharing a universal contemplative music of our time.
To serve the cause of better inner and outer Harmony,
we share our work, research, discoveries, teachings and practices about the deep relationships
between primordial and sacred sound, listening awareness and the mind,
meditation practice, healing harmonization and well-being.
Collaborations over the years have included events with His Holiness the Dalai Lama,
the Gyuto and Gyume Monks, concerts in sacred spaces and retreat teachings in over 20 countries,
as well as many film scores, including major Buddhist motion pictures,
such as Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoché's "Travellers and Magicians" and John Bush's trilogy "Journey Into Buddhism."
Hykes's 12 albums of music,
beginning with "Hearing Solar Winds," his landmark album with The Harmonic Choir,
have been an essential source of inspiration
for the harmonic sounds movement world-wide.
Our Foundation organizes international seminars, retreats, concerts and festivals,
sharing global teachings which explore the deep nature of harmony in mind, life, and the universe, along with practices which help our re-attunement to it.
Through the universal contemplative music called Harmonic Chant, mindfulness and meditation training, and healing harmonization practices,
we share inspiring ways of opening the heart, clearing the mind, and harmonizing the body.
Our events are a way to bring people together inside and out, for deeper harmony, healing and understanding.
Our work is for all those seeking deeper awareness and attunement to essential nature of harmony in oneself, life, and the universe.
The Foundation has offered sacred music to projects and events with His Holiness the Dalai Lama,
the Gyuto and Gyume Monks, the Nuns of Nagi Gompa and Rangjung Yeshe Institute, Tsoknyi Rinpoché,
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoché, and others.
David has been on television news programs twice recently in France, on behalf of the Tibetan cause,
and continues to offer concerts for Tibet on a regular basis.
As an offering to your listening, here is his composition "Prayer Song for Tibet,"
© Harmonic Presence Foundation 2008 from a concert in France for the organization Solidarité Tibet.
Harmonic Chant, a fusion of sacred chant, cosmology and overtone-based "throat-singing,"
reveals and explores the essential harmonic nature of contemplative mind in relation to the music of the spheres.
Hykes's music and teachings explore the harmonic nature of vibration
found at every scale in the universe, for harmonics are to musical sound what the color spectrum is to light.
They are the vibratory DNA of all music in this resounding Creation,
from the still-echoing harmonics of the Big Bang, to the harmonics of stars. Closest to home, we can discover the deep chord
of our own being-- the harmonics of mind, heart and body.
The 12 albums of the music, the concerts around the world,
the retreats, international seminars and master classes
in many countries the past 38 years continue inspire,
help, and reattune thousands of listeners, musicians and contemplative practitioners.
David's work as a healing accompanist to those facing serious or life-threatening illness or problems
is more and more coming to the fore.
You can read testmonials and articles about David's work and music from listeners, patients,
spiritual teachers, leading cultural figures and yoga teachers here.
Because of our Foundation's devotion to events that foster
of authentic knowledge and direct experience of essential Harmony,
especially in ways that connect Mind, Meditation, Music and Medicine,
we have hosted seminars and retreats with leading spiritual teachers like revered Tibetan Buddhist lama
Chokyi Nyima Rinpoché and the Nuns of Nagi Gompa from Nepal.
We also support the enlightened and compassionate activities of the renowned lama Tsoknyi Rinpoche
and his Pundarika Foundation, and the amazing Nangchen Nuns.
Our project in New York, the first wave of our Festival entitled "Resonance and Radiance: Sacred Music, Sacred Mind",
brought together practitioners of traditional and contemporary sacred chant
to explore the emerging relationships between mind, music, meditation and medicine.
You can download the brochure here.
For information about concerts, teachings, retreats, and seminars, you can download the brochure here!
Some of our other spiritual and interfaith activities include
contributing original Harmonic Chant and Mantra compositions to the three recent films of "Journey Into Buddhism" by John Bush,
endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, distributed by WGBH/PBS around the country and abroad.
To hear David's many interviews on WNYC-fm in New York over the years with John Schaefer, you can go to the WNYC-fm archives.