August 19, 2004
The performance features multiphonic singing, wherein the monks simultaneously intone three notes of a chord. The Drepung Loseling monks are particularly renowned for this unique singing. They also utilize traditional instruments such as a 10-foot long dungchen trumpets, drums, bells, cymbals, and gyaling horns. Rich brocade costumes and masked dances, such as the Dance of the Sacred Snow Lion, add to the exotic splendor.
The monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery have performed with Kitaro, Paul Simon, Philip Glass, Natalie Merchant, Patti Smith and the Grateful Dead. Their music was featured on the Golden Globe-nominated soundtrack of Seven Years in Tibet, and they performed with Philip Glass at Lincoln Center, NY, in the premier presentation of his award-winning music for the Martin Scorsese film Kundun. They are part of the Smithsonian Institution Folklife program to preserve traditional music and dance.
For more about the multiphonic singers of Tibet's Drepung Loseling Monastery, visit The Mystical Arts of Tibet web site.
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