Mike Tamburo has spent his life serving and exploring the power of music. His concerts and workshops are heart centered, uplifting, sonically multi-dimensional, life affirming experiences that focus on self transformation through conscious listening and breathing. He lives in deep gratitude and joy that his life of music has had meaning and been of use to the world around him. He seeks peace and harmony in his life and hopes to share this peace with others through his music and teachings. 

Through extensive national tours both solo and with Crown of Eternity, Mike has offered countless workshops, classes, therapy sessions, concerts and retreats and has guided thousands of people to listen deeply, relax, reconnect to themselves and most importantly marvel at the power of sound. 

Over the past 20+ years Mike Tamburo has become well known as a multi-instrumentalist, music educator, interdisciplinary sound artist, video artist, sound therapist, writer, meditation teacher and avid traveler; sharing over 1800 public and private performances and recording more than 65 albums of ecstatic and transcendental music as well as folk, drone, ambient and sometimes unclassifiable sounds. Early in Tamburo's career he gained notoriety for his string playing (hammered dulcimer, guitar and shahi baaja). In many of his early performances he began to enter into altered states of consciousness and have out of body experiences while performing. In order to understand these experiences he went into years of self study; exploring Kundalini Yoga, energy work, the therapeutic use of sound and how sound effects consciousness, human perception and self healing. His love for long sustained drones, overtones and psychoacoustics led him to working with multiple gongs and other tuned metal instruments (bells, sound plates, singing bowls) as well as exploring the healing power of mantra and toning.


Upcoming Concerts, Workshops, Trainings, Artist Residencies

Date Event Location
 —  — Gong Creations : The Creative Potential of the Gong (5 days) Base Theater, Seattle Base Theater, Seattle
Mike Tamburo Live in Seattle Taoist Studies Institute, Seattle Taoist Studies Institute, Seattle
Mike Tamburo Live in Olympia Gravity Yoga, Olympia, WA 98501 Gravity Yoga, Olympia, WA 98501
Mike Tamburo Live in Mount Shasta Temple of Intention, Mount Shasta Temple of Intention, Mount Shasta
Introduction to Gong Playing with Mike Tamburo in Woodside Woodside Village Church, Woodside, CA Woodside Village Church, Woodside, CA
Mike Tamburo Live in Woodside Woodside Village Church, Woodside, CA Woodside Village Church, Woodside, CA
Mike Tamburo Live in Ashland Concert 1 Jackson Wellsprings, Ashland Jackson Wellsprings, Ashland
Introduction to Gong Playing with Mike Tamburo - Ashland Jackson Wellsprings, Ashland, OR Jackson Wellsprings, Ashland, OR
Mike Tamburo Live in Ashland Concert 2 Jackson Wellsprings, Ashland Jackson Wellsprings, Ashland
Mike Tamburo Live in San Francisco Globe Institute, San Francisco Globe Institute, San Francisco
Mike Tamburo Live in Berkeley Berkeley Yoga Center, Berkeley Berkeley Yoga Center, Berkeley
Mike Tamburo Live in Monterey Monterey Yoga, Monterey, CA Monterey Yoga, Monterey, CA
Mike Tamburo Live in Santa Barbara Yoga Soup, Santa Barbara Yoga Soup, Santa Barbara
Mike Tamburo Live in Arroyo Grande Yoga Village, Arroyo Grande, CA Yoga Village, Arroyo Grande, CA
Mike Tamburo Live in Los Angeles Yoga West, Los Angeles Yoga West, Los Angeles
Mike Tamburo Live in Ojai Hamsa Studio, Ojai, CA Hamsa Studio, Ojai, CA
 —  — Mike Tamburo at Sat Nam Fest Malibu he Salvation Army Camp Lawrence Daley, Malibu, CA he Salvation Army Camp Lawrence Daley, Malibu, CA

Listen and Purchase Music By Mike Tamburo

Universal Hum

Crown of Eternity

Experience deep pulsations and shimmering tones as Crown Of Eternity deliver you through a dynamic listening experience. 'Universal Hum’ is a tapestry of slow paced rhythms, drones and tones carefully blended and orchestrated into pulsating fields of sound using 11 gongs and more than 60 tuned metal instruments.

‘Universal Hum’ was recorded while Mike and Gallina were immersing themselves daily in sensory deprivation tanks. With ears blocked and no external stimuli, the duo entered into the richness of their inner spaces and the internal sounds that began to reveal themselves became the inspiration for this album.

With ‘Universal Hum’, Crown of Eternity continue to evolve their take on Conscious Sound by exploring different tunings, tonalities and instruments and moving further into the realms of Sound Art and drone based minimalism.
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Aquarian Drifter

Mike Tamburo


Mike Tamburo returns to Deep Water with an immersive new CD of music for electric guitar, his first release on the label under his given name (following previous discs by Brother Ong, and as part of the Psychic Frost duo). Tamburo’s lengthy and ambulatory musical career has included everything from post-rock (with Arco Flute Foundation), to solo acoustic-electric guitar, to avant-garde New Age (Brother Ong), and yoga music/sound therapy (with Crown of Eternity). Aquarian Drifter manages to embody aspects of all of those, even as it steps to the edge and glides off into new spaces: Concise, elliptically looping compositions that expand and contract with a psychedelic ebb and flow, often treated and processed to the limits of recognition, sonically recalling early ambient Eno or classic ’70s kosmische, though totally contemporary in spirit and effect. A soundtrack for letting go and floating free, as literally or metaphorically as you like. Nine tracks, 37 minutes.
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World of Sound

Mike Tamburo

"Over the past twenty years Mike Tamburo’s prolific musical output has covered a range that includes everything from yoga and meditation music (as Brother Ong, and with Crown of Eternity), to psychedelic post-rock (with Psychic Frost, Arco Flute Foundation, Meisha, and others), to various types of experimental electro-acoustic sound. In spite of such diversity, fans of any of those branches are likely to be initially surprised by World of Sound. To be sure, there’s plenty of continuity with Tamburo’s previous work; however, here its characteristic looping layers and sonic textures are arranged into more identifiably song-based forms, and draw on a musical palette that incorporates such reference points as 1970s kosmische musik and film soundtracks, 1990s electronica, and contemporary space rock – buzzing guitars, galactic synths, minimalist pulsations, electro rhythms, blissed-out melodic vocal chants, and something called a “vibrational accumulator” (of course). Hypnotic, spacy, and uplifting (dare I call it “groovy”?), enthused yet serene waves of positive musical energy designed to put a smile on just about any type of head." - Kevin Moist
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Mike Tamburo

Cassettes are Available from

Mike Tamburo - Zither, Vibrational Accumulator, effects, Loops

'Presence Like a Beacon' Parts 1-6 (tracks 1 - 3) was recorded live at Crown of Eternity during a Kundalini Yoga class. on 8/26/12. The meditation this music accompanied is caled Tattva Siddhi Meditation for Presence Like Beacon.

'When We Met I Was A Guitarist And When You Left I Was A Man' was recorded live at Garfield Artworks on 9/3/12

mastered by Ben Wentz
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The Way to Be Free

Mike Tamburo

Expansive inner-journeys into world-opening passages as told by Mike Tamburo through hammered dulcimer, drones and tones, and other instrumentation


Mike Tamburo, also known as Brother Ong and one part of Crown of Eternity, has returned to his renowned practice of hammered dulcimer in his latest release composed between 2010 and 2015, The Way to Be Free. Travelled upon, dissipated, and re-worked through multi-layered wanderings, Tamburo’s The Way to Be Free treads old practices and phases through the complicated inter-workings of his most expansive string works to date. The Way to Be Free is a comprehensive exploration of an artist’s massive perceptual shifts as told through compositions
that travel memories of past performance, the stripped bare return to disappeared collaborations, and the complexities found in the relationship between musician and instrument.

Culling informative listenings of Dorothy Carter, Alice Coltrane, Shivkumar Sharma, Robbie Basho, Sandy Bull and John Fahey, Mike Tamburo’s explorations of hammered dulcimer are positioned in deep wanderings to understand American identity through folk music. As a veteran of the DIY avant-
garde and improvisation circuit, as well as his more recent work with meditation music and formless sound, Tamburo’s extensive touring has culminated in a multiplicative approach to the engagements experienced through his road-traversed interpretations of anywhere USA. How
this manifests in Tamburo’s work is applicable in the sounds of The Way to Be Free: the music evokes a sense of experienced external travel defiant of a permanent destination, allowing the listener to act as a dislocated traveler repeatedly embarking on the recording’s voyages for contemplative discovery.

Tamburo’s The Way to Be Free offers the listener an intricate sincerity evoked in the album’s most tender renderings. As a companion to soft considerations, Tamburo doesn’t hesitate to present the listener with challenging confrontations. The most intimate moments meander into
controlled manias, hard-tinged hammered dulcimer drumbeat regions, and controlled corridor-like repetition. Ascent comes at a cost in The Way to Be Free, and it is reflective of Tamburo’s journeys and exploratory phasing(s) necessary for artists to expand and grow beyond their

- Ed Steck

Sounds Eternal 11
releases 30 March 2015
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