Bardo (Original Dance Score)

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Before 06:31
Ritual One 00:38
Duet 03:26
Ritual Two 00:35
Ritual Three 00:49
Ritual Four 00:38
Ritual Five 00:57
Collapse 05:33
Ritual Six 01:15
Duet (Piano) 03:32
Ritual Seven 01:08


Bardo premiered at the Shaking the Tree Theatre on February 27th of 2020 and ended its initial run on March 7th.

Bardo is a staged dance piece choreographed and performed by artist Lyra Butler-Denman. The original score was arranged and produced by Ahmond.

Bardo arrives at its title via the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. In that tradition, bardo is a transition, and is commonly used to describe the intermediate state between death and rebirth. This work uses bardo as a guiding principle with respect and deep gratitude to the culture to whom it belongs. This work would not exist without it.

The narrative of Bardo deals with the grief surrounding death and creates a ritual for exploring and gaining new insight into death.

It was decided early on in the project that the arrangements would all be tuned to 432 Hz (as opposed to the current standard 440 Hz) to correspond with the frequency that Tibetan monks use for singing bowls. Each musical piece on the soundtrack is followed by a singing bowl ritual playing the notes of the seven chakras to herald the opening of a new awareness and understanding.

As we move through the transitions from the root to the crown, the music takes the listener on a journey that is both beatific and terrifying.

This score invites the listener to discover themselves in the ritual, and to create a personal ritual for their own transitions as they move forward in life...and in death.


released June 5, 2020

Written/Produced/Recorded/Mixed/Mastered by Ahmond

Much appreciation for the guidance and support of Tanner Cundy and Eliseo Vega.

Special thanks to Lyra Butler-Denman and the spirit and memory of Burke Denman for the inspiration and faith to create this work.


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In 2008, Ahmond released his first LP titled "A Boy You Once Knew". The last track was played on the first season of the HBO series "Rome".
This was followed by the 2009 EP "Monster & Minstrel" and a US tour.
Unreleased songs are available as set your own price singles on Bandcamp to help fund future releases and allow supporters to become involved.
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