“Matthew Kocel’s music is so primal, so rich and brilliantly soulful... It touches us on a profoundly deep level and opens our hearts..." - Dr Joe Dispenza
Hailing from the rugged coast of British Columbia, Canada, Matthew Kocel is a throat singer, multi-instrumentalist and recording artist with over 3 decades experience as a performer and multi-disciplinary healing arts practitioner.
Recognized as a leader in the global sound healing movement, Matthew Kocel’s music is currently being featured in Dr. Joe Dispenza’s retreats and guided meditations.
With a rare combination of throat singing, overtone chant and natural voice, he draws 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 cellular level.
The harmonic overtones of his voice - sounding 2, 3 or more notes at the same time - resonate from the core of the Earth, dissolving the boundaries of space/time, giving direct experience of the oneness of all things.
Reactions to his music have been well documented online with people sharing stories of extra-ordinary experiences while listening to his music.
He is a committee member of the Global Wellness Institute Sound Healing Initiative, and his third album Song of the Ancients is set for release this year.
"I was being moved by sound. My whole body was light and vibrating..." - Vancouver Yoga Review
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 stepped 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.
At this point I totally gave up on music.
In 1997 I began leading guided meditation circles in my home in Denver, Colorado. 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.
Through meditation and healing arts, music came back to me.
Eventually I was able to recreate the Tibetan style deep overtone voice. It cracked me wide open, revealing a whole new dimension of healing sound and music.
These songs and music are coming through now, in these chaotic times to help us re-member our intimate connection to each other and All That Is.
This is how our paths have crossed today.
I am deeply humbled, and honored to share this sonic medicine with you.