Tibetan and Bhutanese Instrumental and Folk Music

Tibetan and Bhutanese Instrumental and Folk Music

     
 
The second volume -- of a projected four -- in Sub Rosa's reissue of John Levy's historic 1971 field recordings from Bhutan centers around less religious -- though no less spiritually moving -- music. Tibetan and Bhutanese Instrumental and Folk Music includes fine examples of social music for

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The second volume -- of a projected four -- in Sub Rosa's reissue of John Levy's historic 1971 field recordings from Bhutan centers around less religious -- though no less spiritually moving -- music. Tibetan and Bhutanese Instrumental and Folk Music includes fine examples of social music for instruments and voices. There are Bhutanese seven-string lutes (called dramnyen), whistle flutes, folk songs from the Chhokhor, Bumthang, Tongsa (songs by groups of men, and followed by a group of women), Paro, and eastern Tibet. There are songs by yak herdsmen, dance songs with cymbals and drum accompaniment, two-string fiddle tunes, and an oracle's dance for welcoming important guests with Tibetan lutes and drums. Lest anyone reading this think it would be boring to hear this music, think again. This is not only strange, it's utterly compelling. Impeccably recorded and painstakingly remastered from the Lyrichord masters, this music is haunting, majestic, full of integrity and goodwill. Bhutan is a consciously guarded county from the outside world, much in the same way Tibet was before World War II. Visitors are restricted in number. Levy was invited to Bhutan by its King to document the musical traditions of his nation. What he discovered there was a music out of time; otherworldly because it was. Bhutan's folk music and the sounds and rituals performed in the country's Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries had rarely, if ever, been visited by a Westerner, and it is presented here with care. Given how truly strange and frightening some of the Buddhist ritual music can be to the uninitiated, this would be a perfect place to begin for a listener interested in the ancient indigenous musical traditions of the Himalayan region.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/21/2006
Label:
Sub Rosa
UPC:
5411867112303
catalogNumber:
230
Rank:
206484

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Tracks

  1. Song with Lute Self-Accompaniment, Bhutanese Dramnyen, A ... @@Ge-Te Do-pe
  2. Song With Lute Self-Accompaniment
  3. Tuning of Bhutanese Lute
  4. Lute Solo
  5. Whistle Flute, Played by Gete Dope @@Ge-Te Do-pe
  6. Folk-Songs Sung by Droma, Of Talo @@Dorma
  7. Folk-Songs Sung by Droma, Of Talo @@Dorma
  8. Folk-Songs Sung by Trin Lem, Of Tongsa
  9. Folk-Songs Sung by Trin Lem, Of Tongsa
  10. Pawo, Oracles' Dance and Song, With Pellet-Drums
  11. Tibetan Dramnyen 6-Stringed Lute
  12. Ho-Chin, 2-Stringed Fiddle, Played by Amanul
  13. Tibetan Minstrel, With His Young Son, Singing Folk-Songs from ... @@Pi-Wang
  14. Tibetan Minstrel, With His Young Son, Singing Folk-Songs from ... @@Pi-Wang
  15. Folk-Song by Men from Chhokhor in Bumthang Districxt, Eastern Bhutan
  16. Ura Gi Ache Lhamo, Women from Ura in Bumthang District, Song with Drum
  17. Folk-Song by Men from Nub, In Tongsa District
  18. Folk-Song by Women from Nub, In Tongsa District
  19. Folk-Song Sung by Tsewang Lhamo, Of Paro @@Tsewang Lhamo
  20. Ache Lhamo, Dance of the Goddess, From the Story of King Norzang, Song

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