Friday, September 26, 2008
Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts - Dhama Suna
Typically, Tibetan ritual music proceeds in long sheens of deeply keening vocals and percussion. The world-renowned Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts seeks, on this CD, to partition their music into smaller units, allowing a vantage point on various musical styles and moods. The chants are present, with their low-end stretches taking shape, exploring tonalities, and disappearing in a matter of minutes. Also present are bellowing horns, digging into similar low-end sacred music that takes ample, seamless time to take shape. Expressivity rather than strict meditational focus seems to be the point for much of these 70 minutes.