Ballads for Buddha

by Luke Thering

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[Music for Contemplation, Mindfulness, and Tranquility]

This album is comprised of entirely improvised pieces, recorded on one day.

At the piano, I let Buddhist ideas inform my musical decisions--namely the Four Noble Truths, and concepts like impermanence, acceptance, attention, and intention.

Periods of silence were intentionally added at the end of some tracks to allow for time to take a breath, both literally and aurally-speaking.

I hope this music helps you focus your mind and bring you closer to peace. Thanks for listening.

Videos of tracks 2, 3, and 5 are here:

Recorded on January 14, 2017
La Crosse, WI


released February 3, 2017

Piano: Luke Thering
Cover art: Brett Vosen



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Luke Thering La Crosse, Wisconsin

Luke Thering is a pianist, composer, and teacher.

As well as performing with several area combos, Luke also performs as a solo (jazz/popular) pianist.

His combo, the 3rd Relation Jazz Quintet, performs weekly in downtown La Crosse, WI.

Thering studied music at UW-La Crosse and now performs frequently in the La Crosse area.
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Track Name: Things as they are, here and now
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Track Name: Truth One: Dukkha (suffering)
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Track Name: Truth Two: Samudaya (the origin of suffering)
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Track Name: Truth Three: Nirodha (freedom from suffering)
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Track Name: Truth Four: Magga (the eightfold path)
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Track Name: Brahma-vihara (lovingkindness, compassion, joy, equanimity)
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