UK – Tibetan instrumentalist and singer has a new recording of
Songs from Tibet. Most of the music is traditional, based on
Tibetan folk songs from Kham, Lhatse, Lhasa, and other locations.
Techung is a prominent Tibetan singer/songwriter looked up to as one of the
keepers of traditional Tibetan musical traditions. He is also respected for the
original solo and collaborative music he creates by drawing on both his own
heritage and his familiarity with other world music traditions.
He is best known
for his performances of traditional Tibetan music, dance, and opera under the
name Tashi Dhomdup Sharzur. However, he uses his childhood nickname, Techung,
when performing as a solo artist.
He co-founded the San Francisco-based Chaksampa Tibetan Dance and Opera Company in 1989. Chaksampa made their debut
at Carnegie Hall with Philip Glass, REM, Trey Anastasio, Seon Colvin, and Patti
Smith. The group has performed in all four of the Tibetan Freedom Concerts
organized by the Milarepa Fund, appearing with such artists as U2, John Lee
Hooker, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Pearl Jam, Herbie Hancock, Tracy Chapman, The
Beastie Boys and others. One of Chaksampa’s songs is included in the
Tibetan Freedom Concert CD.
Techung’s voice and music have been featured in the IMAX
film “Everest” amongst several others. His music is currently being used in the
documentary film “What Re-mains of Us” which was selected at the 2004 CANNES
film festival. His music will also be used in the upcoming Tibetan feature film
Dreaming of Lhasa.
Whether performing in traditional or contemporary styles, his
dual goals are to revive Tibetan music in the Tibetan community and to expose
the rich performing cultural tradition of his homeland to the world community.
Songs from Tibet.
Author: World Music Central News Department
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