Off Chants is an Indian-Jazz fusion group that Lynnell
and Forrest formed in the 1990s after living in India for three
years in the late 80s and meeting two Indian-trained musicians
that they subsequently reconnected with in the US. This group
composed and recorded 14 tracks that reflected a unique blend
of jazz, folk, India Classical and Western art song. It features
John Protopapas on sitar and tabla, Jan Eyre on Hindustani-style
vocals, Danny Harvey on saxophones and both Julia Billington and
later Sean Finn on Bass. Lynnell was the vocalist and Forrest played
piano and guitar. Everyone sang harmonies.
This link will take you to a flash player where
you can hear all the tracks that Off Chants recorded.
Forrest Tobey composes both modern music in the classical idiom
as well as contemporary songs.
His modern classical music includes works for orchestra, choir
and orchestra, voice and orchestra, voice and piano, solo piano,
and interactive computer music, a field in which Forrest has gained
a reputation as an innovative Buchla Lightning performer. Samples
of this music are posted here.
Recently, in June and July of 2009, he returned to his earlier
work as a "singer -songwriter." Tenof his recent
songs have been uploaded to this
page in demo versions. They are influenced by Tibetan Buddhist
practice within the context of contemporary life.
As some of Forrest's music becomes available for publication,
these works will be listed here.
Lynnell has written a large number of chants that grow out
of the meditative experience. These chants will soon be recorded
and be available on this page. Lynnell also leads chanting workshops,
and a schedule of her workshops is available here.
Lynnell currently has a private voice studio. This page will
have information regarding her current teaching philosophy and
The Chanterelles was a trio that Lynnell and Forrest
founded in the 1980s when they lived in Bellingham, Washington.
With singer Steve Jensen, they created a unique sound, inspired
by such diverse singing trios as Peter, Paul and Mary, Crosby,
Stills and Nash and Lambert, Hendricks and Ross. While their music
was only recorded live and been preserved solely on old cassette
tapes, it seems worthwhile to archive this music here, as no music
should be lost and this was a unique moment in time. This page
features a number of songs that Forrest wrote in the 80s as well
as some choice covers. They are joined on many tunes by Bellihgham
saxophonist Mark Kelly.
Forrest is an associate professor of music at Earlham
College. He has been developing a website based on a unique approach
to the teaching of music theory. This site is available for public
We wish to complete this website with a page
that links together thoughts and reflections on music and the spirit.