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General News · 14th January 2011
American throat singer and recording artist, Matthew Kocel, now calls Vancouver home and is bringing his art and gift of sound healing to the Gulf Islands in February. Hailing from Colorado, where he has been performing for years in spiritual centres, new thought churches, yoga studios, as well as other venues related to personal and spiritual growth, he has quickly become one of the leading sound healers in North America.

From rock singer to throat singer, he began his journey when he came across a book titled “Inner Power: Secrets From Tibet and the Orient” by Christopher S. Kilham and then subsequently heard a recording of Tibet’s Gyuto Monks chanting. The path seemed obvious and led him into something he couldn’t quite comprehend at the time but knew he had to follow. After listening to the recording incessantly and attempting to mimic the deep harmonic overtones produced by the Tibetans, years later Matthew was finally able to reproduce similar sounds with his own voice. His style has formed into a unique blend of Tibetan and Tuvan throat singing with Euro-American overtone chant.

The benefits of learning to create that sound have been immeasurable, not just for him but for the people who have experienced it. As Tom Lich, the Assistant Music Director at Mile Hi Church in Lakewood, Colorado describes, “It is mesmerizing and draws you in as only the human voice can. The sound is heard but it is so much more than auditory; it is experienced in the body.” People consistently say they experience deep meditative states, waves of healing energy, even profound visions while listening to his music.

Matthew regularly appears at various venues around Vancouver as well as in the US. His highly anticipated debut on Cortes Island begins February 4th at Manson’s Hall and February 5th at Kula. Visit for details and a full list of upcoming events.