2018 album: Bardo

In Tibetan Buddhism, Bardo is the state of existence between death and rebirth, varying in length according to a person's conduct in life and manner of death. Bardo Thodol, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, literally translates to "Liberation Through Hearing During the Intermediate State". 

YAK's 2018 "Bardo" soundtracks a journey between this life and the next. Avant Music News says "Two-thirds of YAK is classically trained, and from a virtuosity point of view, it shows. But Bardo does not sound like any form of music coming from the conservatory. Instead, this trio uses their skills to explore the gray areas between genres in a novel and jarring fashion."


released February 27, 2018
Yuri Popowycz: violin, bass viola da gamba, field recordings // Zac Brunell: cymbals, moog // Jonah Raduns-Silverstein: octatrack, effects, dub // Recorded and mixed by Jonah Raduns-Silverstein at Assemble Sound, Detroit // Mastered by Eddie Logix

Listen to Bardo on Bandcamp / Spotify and all streaming platforms

Big thanks to Steve Stavropoulos for this incredible video for "Deep Valley Genesis"


Photos from The Ottolab
(Karl Otto is our Very Important Photographer in residence)