"I was being moved by sound. My whole body was light and vibrating..." - Vancouver Yoga Review
In a confused world where anxiety and cynicism run high, Matthew Kocel’s music feels like a reassuring sigh of relief that everything is going to be OK.
Drawing on diverse influences from Led Zepplin to Tibetan Monks, Pink Floyd to Mongolian throat singers, Matthew’s music defies labels yet feels deeply familiar on a visceral, even cellular level.
Lush waves of vocal harmonics, overtones and throat singing wash over you again and again, leaving you with an open heart and sense of belonging, well being and peace.
After 15 + years of struggling to hit the big time as a rock musician, Matthew Kocel gave up on the dream so he could dedicate his life to helping people through holistic healing arts.
Once fully committed to this new path, Matthew could see a rampant need for people to reconnect with their true nature, connect to the Earth and to take part in a global remembering - that we, and all things, are connected.
This vision inspired him to facilitate ongoing meditation circles which served as an incubator for the healing music he now channels.
Today he travels extensively to share this music. His musical travels have taken him from British Columbia to the western US, Costa Rica, Peru, and in the last year to France and New York City.
People from around the world continue to document online having extra-ordinary experiences while listening to his music. The effect is often compared to sacred plant medicines.
Affectionately dubbed the "Cosmic Throat Singer", Matthew is achieving recognition as an emerging leader in the world sound healing movement.
He recently became a member of the Sound Healing Initiative committee under the Global Wellness Institute.
I'm a lifelong traveler...
Conceived in New Jersey and born in Alaska.
By the age of 10, I had crossed the Atlantic Ocean twice by ship, traveled throughout western Europe, lived in France, Germany and Virginia, before my family settled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.
The transcendent qualities of music helped save me from total implosion in my youth. As a young man I played bass and sang in rock & progressive rock bands for 15 years...desperately seeking to recreate & share those transcendent moments I had experienced through music.
In 1989 something magical happened the first time I walked into a metaphysical store... I heard a sound that would change my life forever: a recording of the Gyuto monks from Tibet. For the next 10 years I tried, unsuccessfully, to mimic their deep voice overtone chants.
In 1994 I found a crystal on a mountaintop in South Park, Colorado.
It was as if the ground shifted beneath my feet.
I was immediately laid off from my job. Two months later my beloved band broke up.
This marked the beginning of my journey into healing arts as an expression of my spiritual path.
In 1997 I began leading guided meditation circles in my home in Denver, Colorado. My intention was to hold a space where people could let go of distractions and reconnect with the Earth, with Source and utilize the power of group intention to amplify prayers of healing for the Earth and humanity. As more and more people began to take part, many reported having extraordinary experiences during the sessions.
With a hearty 'OM', I began using vocal harmonics to transmit the energies I was experiencing through meditation.
In late 1999 I accessed the Tibetan style deep overtone voice. It cracked open my reality, revealing a whole new dimension of healing and transformation through sound.
This music is coming through now, in these chaotic times to help us re-member our total connection to each other and All That Is.
This is how our paths have crossed today.