The dharma speaks through music—it always has, it does today. From jazz to metal to rap to emergent hybrid forms, Buddhism’s influence on the musical realm can be discovered at almost every turn.
Forget the stereotype of the tortured artist, says Steve Silberman. For David Crosby and Becca Stevens, the Muse is happy.
Ray Buckner on how Grammy nominee Phoebe Bridgers’ music is a spiritual friend, a path forward into the unknown.
The best music opens our hearts and minds. Jarboe on how Flying Lotus lyrically and sonically explores liberation.
For Michael Imperioli, ANOHNI’s voice is a reminder that he’s part of a vast interconnected network of minds and beings. Her voice makes him feel emotions he never knew he had.
Run the Jewels demands its listeners look outward as much as inward. Annaka Gale on this legendary hip-hop duo.
One might not immediately pair the calm of Buddhism with the thrashing tumult of metal, but for creators of heavy music, it is a match made in nirvana. Continuing our overview of Buddhism’s influence on modern music, we look at music’s purveyors of thunderous riffs inspired by the dharma.
Buddhism’s impact on the musical realm can be found in almost every genre – from classical to pop to experimental. In our survey of Buddhism’s influence on modern music, we look at how the dharma speaks through the compositions of some of music’s most innovative vanguards.
As part of our overview of Buddhism’s influence on modern music, we provide a survey of the artists who were inspired by the dharma to take pop in new and exciting directions, exploring themes of desire, pain, and being present to unexpected results.
Buddhism’s impact on jazz music has been immense. As part of our overview of Buddhism’s influence on modern music, we provide a survey of the artists who were inspired by the dharma to break down barriers and seek out new musical vistas.