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Treasury of Jewels

by Yoko

Yoko's cutting edge Tibetan Buddhist mantra cd, featuring Zasep Rinpoche, is exhilarating. Peaceful world beat with ethnic flavors from Tibet, India and the west creates a multicultural infusion. Yoko's deep honey sweet voice streams a vocal symphony.
Genre: New Age: Yoga
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1. Refuge & Four Immeasurables
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2. Vajrasattva Chant
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3. Mandala Offering
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4. Seven Limb Prayer
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5. Lama Tsong Khapa
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6. Tara
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7. Chenrezig
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8. Shakyamuni Buddha
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9. Eight Praises to Vajrayogini
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10. Amitabha Buddha
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11. Medicine Buddha
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12. Five Dakinis/Heart Sutra
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13. Prajnaparamita
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14. Prayer to Prajnaparamita
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15. Mahakala
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16. Dedication
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
10% OF THE PROFIT FROM EACH CD IS DONATED TO GADEN RELIEF, A NONPROFIT CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION. Gaden Relief has become famous, despite its modest size, for its efforts in channeling medicine and funds to the Tibetan refugee community-in-exile and to monasteries in Tibet, India and Mongolia.


“Yoko's fresh style lends her music a certain beauty, affording one visions of spacious, blue sky and of horses riding the air, of mantra garlands unfurling and prayer flags fluttering in the wind. I sat enthralled by the presence of this talented artist on stage. Her voice -- by turns powerful, enticing, generous, lovely and playful -- is suffused with devotion and makes listening to the mantras a profoundly spiritual, transformative experience...no healing place should be without it.”
~ Margrith Schraner-author

“I'm really happy about this CD, because for a long time I thought that I would love to hear our prayers in exactly this way, which bridges Tibet, India and the West. I love the Indian style of the Tara prayer, the Migzema touches my heart and my favourite is Mahakala - it takes me right away into a timeless state of mind, a dedicated, joyful journey...I wish you all the best, thank you for your work - I'm touched.”
~Oliver Oswald, managing director of Rabten Foundation.

“When I listen to Yoko singing the mantras I sometimes find myself crying , especially to the "Medicine Buddha" ....I get chills up my spine and her voice takes me on up to the higher realms. Everyone should have this CD so they too can be transported to the heavenly highways....thank you for offering up this work of soul healing to us all....what a privilege.”
~ Linda Buffy

BIO
Yoko was born and grew up in the beautiful province of British Columbia, Canada. Influenced by the great rivers, valleys and vast mountains that surround her home, she was inspired to integrate the peace that nature offers into her music. Having a musical family and creative friends helped shape her own artistic abilities and inspired them to grow. Guided by the people who most inspire her (her teachers) Yoko tries to incorporate compassion and wisdom into every aspect of her life and especially in her song writing; bringing a strong purpose to her music and inspiring the listener to look for the deeper meaning in life, encouraging their own love and compassion to grow and awakening the natural state of peace that lives within us all.

Performing and writing her own songs since she was 13, Yoko has toured and sung with a number of bands, singing a diverse variety of musical styles: Disco, RnB, Spiritual, Ethnic, Jazz, World Beat and Hip-Hop. Opening for Jann Arden she performed her original songs to a packed arena of enthusiastic fans and received a standing ovation. In 2008 Yoko wrote, recorded and co-produced a ground breaking CD: “Yoko Treasury Of Jewels”, Tibetan Buddhist mantras and praises. Having a fresh flavor, it infuses traditional Tibetan mantras and instruments with tabla and Indian style melodies. With a new western interpretation and original composition, it has a World Beat feel. Her vision was to blend the three musical styles from Tibet, India and the West, while still keeping a strong traditional Tibetan authenticity so that the essence of the teachings can shine through in a new inspiring way, that people of all ages can enjoy and relate to. “Yoko Treasury of Jewels” is accumulating great reviews and is continuing to be well received. Yoko plans to record more CDs in the near future, both mantra CDs and CDs of her other original songs, which have an RnB/Soul style sound.

Yoko has been a student of dance since the young age of 7 and has studied a number of different styles: Modern Contemporary, West African, Hip-Hop, Bhuto, Traditional Balinese Temple Dance, Afro-Cuban, Salsa, Afro-Brazilian Samba and Belly dance. She has toured and performed in many dance shows. Yoko has worked as a model for both designer photo shoots and runway fashion shows. Yoko is also a visual artist specializing in portraits. Check out Yoko’s artwork. People who hear Yoko’s music or see her perform are very touched, asking: “where did she learn how to sing like that?” She has a strong impact on people; whether they are young, old or middle aged they are all moved by the content in Yoko’s songs, her silky smooth powerful voice and her magnetic stage presence. Her passion is what guides her and she is passionate about helping and inspiring others.


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Margaret Tovrea


Yoko's uniquely honeyed voice is simply enchanting thru-out the entire album. Compositions and arrangements are so pleasingly original, but never off-putting. Praises for the album's graphic design, wrapping this "Jewel" in a visual prediction of the artist's gift to the listener.

Thabi Pratt


Fabulous, it just flows. Yoko has a beautiful gift she is sharing with the world.. her music sings directly to the heart and spirit.

O. Yansa

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Watch for SEVA's new movie with music from Yoko Treasury Of Jewels~ soon to be released!!
We are receiving incredible feedback about Yoko's first album! People listen while birthing babies, attending dying loved ones, teaching Dharma, teaching yoga classes, and to lighten up the day. Reports of listening all day to this one CD are numerous. And so Yoko's wish to benefit people is a reality. So many look forward to upcoming albums.

Peters at CD Baby


The thing about songs with non-Engilsh lyrics is that sometimes we can't understand what in tarnation the singer is so passionate about. Luckily for Yoko, the vocal melodies are intriguing enough that we don't really need to know exactly what the words mean. She calls it an album of Tibetan Buddhist mantras and praises, and that's good enough for me. Her voice is a bit like Madonna's, that is to say, she's fully capable of pure enchantment. Melodies and instruments from Tibet and India blend with modern synth pads and guitar to create a truly captivating blend of East-meets-West new age tunes with a hint of soft pop that George Harrison would have loved. It's an intriguing blend of sounds and cultures and Yoko's entrancing voice is a pure pleasure to listen to.

Cairine Stade

Treasury of Jewels
I really liked this CD; Yoko has a lovely clear voice and it was backed up beautifully! You don't need to understand the words to enjoy it!

Nathan Foster aka Neotone

Buddhism Reaching Out to the West
The songs that just seem to come together the best are "Medicine Buddha" and "Mahakala". "Mahakala" is excellent--great in every way a song can be. In my opinion, it is definitely the hit on the CD. "Mahakala" seamlessly blends Tibetan culture with Western riffs and chords. Listening to the song, I get the feeling I am watching a joyful, heavy-set man roaming the mountains of Tibet, jocular and full of character, yet revered by everyone for his good attributes. I love how the horns seem to announce the man's coming, then the chorus shows him going about his business. Then, we seem to travel to another town, or another house, where the horns again announce his arrival, and so forth. Classic.

The instrumentation in "Shakyamuni" pulls together an unconventional concept quite well. I'm referring of course to the 9/4 beat. The sample file on this website does not do this song justice: those two beats at the end of the measure, with the falling bass riff, simply don't seem to work here. But, if you listen to the CD itself, this riff is gracefully introduced, and complemented by other instruments. While it may not sound good on the sample, I assure you, it sounds good on the CD.

On the whole, the instrumentation and ambient sounds of the CD work very well. The nature sounds--the creek and the birds--are very appropriate and give a great atmosphere. Also, the drums--being what you would expect from a new age album--work well with the CD's chosen aesthetics. The sound effects are very artful. Yoko's voice and instruments are often drenched in reverb, or completely clean--no effects at all--according to the aesthetics of the song. The album is very well produced.

There are a couple things that seem out of place: the distorted guitar in "Seven Limb" and the crashing cymbals in "Tsong Khapa" in particular. Especially the distorted guitars--probably because distorted guitars carry a lot of cultural baggage in the West, and because the atonality of the distortion clashes with the refined tonality of the other instruments. It's clean meets dirty, and dirty seems to lose. Also, I would have used real violins in "Tara", and the transition seem in that song seems jarring.

I also have personal artistic differences with the treatment of Prajnaparamita in "Prajnaparamita". It seems vast and empty, but empty in the sense of voidness, not so much in the sense of dependent origination. Listening to it, soulful and well-produced as it is, I get the feeling that I am mourning the loss of something precious, or leaving my beloved home and family for a very long time. However, the very next song, "Praise to Prajnaparamita" seems far more like what I would look for in a treatment of the Prajnaparamita concept. It is empty in the sense that it is conspicuously simple, and free of any kind of drama.

The album is a great treat, blending East and West, introducing us to Buddhist chants in a musical, rather than religious way. Primarily, I think, because the lyrics are not in English, new Buddhists or even non-Buddhists have a chance to listen to these prayers as music, or just as beautiful sounds, without feeling they have to agree or disagree. The songs are simply what they are: one person's expression of faith and aesthetics, with no strings attached. This CD is a great addition to the library of anyone interested in Buddhism.

Oya Yansa

Graphic Designer
We are receiving incredible feedback about Yoko's first album! People listen while birthing babies, attending dying loved ones, teaching Dharma, teaching yoga classes, and to lighten up the day. Reports of listening all day to this one CD are numerous. And so Yoko's wish to benefit people is a reality. So many look forward to upcoming albums.

Zach Diebert

A Must Have!
Out of the mountain of music I own I always know where Yoko's Treasury of Jewels CD is... it’s at the top of the pie. Yoko's vocal range and passion drives me to listen to it frequently.
Thank you for sharing your gift with us Yoko.

Carolee Lapeyre

Treasury of Jewels
Truly a Collection of Music and Sound so Transformational it allows the listener a sweet caress from the essence of true Divinity! Looking forward to future music productions.