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Sacred Tibetan Chant (audio CD)
Sacred Tibetan Chant

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The Monks of Sherab Ling Monastery

Originally located in Kham in Eastern Tibet The Sherab Ling monastery
today stands in the Kangra Valley not too distant to Dharamshala, home
to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile.

It would not be there of course had China not invaded Tibet in 1950,
systematically destroying a proud and gentle people and their rich
and innately peaceful indigenous heritage.

That the monastery has survived in its current incarnation is
reason to be thankful of course. Picking up the ragged remains
of a brutally decimated spiritual culture and rebuilding it in
a foreign (and not entirely hospitable land) bares witness
to the bravery and stoic determination of its caretakers.

This album is a curiosity in many ways; not least because of its Grammy win
for Best Traditional World Music Album at the 46th annual awards in 2004.

This once almost hermetically private music has now found a place on the
world stage and perhaps the world becomes a tiny bit better because of it.

The musical language will be strange and unfamiliar to unaccustomed ears.

The three pieces in this recording give a small but vivid insight into a world
where dedication to spiritual progress is paramount.
These chants are not untypical of hundreds of others in the Tibetan monastic canon.
The recitation of sacred texts follows a prescribed pattern handed down and learned
over centuries. Ritualistic observance, not entertainment, it should be noted.

The music is, none-the-less haunting, mysterious and evocative to Western ears.
We have no near equivalent. Even the stripped-down austerity of Gregorian chant
does not come close. There is something primeval, almost feral, about these sounds.

The hypnotic drone of a collective voice punctuated by the occasional cough or
plaintive sigh; the periodic cacophony of percussion and horns startling us out
of our meditative reverie; time flowing backward and forward simultaneously.

The atmosphere and production of the recording is both faithful and respectful.

There is no accurate measure for evaluating the quality of the performance
but to remain unmoved would be next-to nearly impossible.

Wonderfully Strange - Strangely Wonderful.


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