Friday, September 26, 2008

Tibetan Buddhist rites from the monasteries of Bhutan Vol 1 & 2

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Tibetan Buddhist rites from the monasteries of Bhutan Vol 1 & 2
Bhutan - closest neighbor and sole heir to the mighty civilization and traditions of Tibet. These are the extraordinary recordings of the temple rituals and sacred ceremonies of the monks of Bhutan.
Recorded in the great monasteries by John Levy, this four CD set represents possibly the most extensive and important recorded documents of Tibetan ceremonial music ever undertaken! Invited by the king of Bhutan, Levy was afforded every facility for recording monastic music in the principal dzongs (great fort-like monasteries) of the Nyingmapa Order. The ethereal Polytonal throat chanting, the long trumpets, shawms and percussion instruments, the processional music and spectacular mask dances, Tibetan and Bhutanese secular songs and poems, all reproduced with incredibly sonic fidelity! A truly remarkable collection, this series is complete with four compact discs with extensive liner notes, photographs, and musical illustrations by John Levy.

Volume One contains examples of tunes most enjoyed by the monks and nuns of the Drukpa Order, as well as the deep, ethereal monotone chants most associated with Tibetan Buddhism. Long trumpets, processional music, shawms and percussion instruments are all heard on this amazing disc. Includes ten pages of detailed original liner notes, photos and musical illustrations by John Levy.

TPB Vol 1
TPB Vol 2

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