Above a group photo of the 2023 grant Recipient of the New York Council to the Arts. Thanks to the New York Folkloric Society for this wonderful reception in Albany, NY on May 23, 2023 . I received an apprenticeship grant to teach Nangma and Toeshey to my twin daughters Kunsang Sharzur and Lhamo Sharzur. This is a wonderful opportunity to pass down traditional music to future generations.
Tibetan Music Preservation Continues
I just uploaded my sixty second Nangma online. You can hear all music at www.soundcloud.com/techung
A concert at the Rubin Museum in NYC for children and family. It was a beautiful event. I gave out free CDs of Semshea-Heart Songs as a gift for the New Year. You can download the album here. Semshae Heart Songs.
I want to thank St. Lawrence University in Canton New York for inviting Techung and Tibetan Ensemble for an evening performance of music, dance and opera on January 31.
འདི་གའི་ཉེ་འདབས་སུ་གཙུགས་ལག་སློབ་གྲ་སེན་ལོ་རེནསེ་དུ་བོད་ཀྱི་གླུ་གཞས་སྐོར་གཏམ་བཤད་དང་་གཟིགས་་འབུལ་རྒྱུའི་གོ་སྐབས་ཐོབ་པར་ཐུགས་རྗེ་ཆེ་ཞུ། སློབ་༥༠ ཡས་མེད་དང་དེ་རྗེས་གཟིགས་མོའི་སྐབས་གཟིགས་མོ་བ་བརྒྱ་སྐོར་ཞིག་ཆེད་ཕེབས་གནང་འདུག་པས་ཚང་མ་ཐུགས་སྤྲོ་པོ་བྱུང་སོང་།
My future project
As part of the Tibetan music preservation project, I am extending the project to start a digital archive of all related to Tibetan music. This is so important because all the music that exists in our communities are scattered and they have not archived. This project will house them in one location and give them a sense of importance. More about the project please read here.
Wishing you all a Happy Spring!
I am recording a new batch of Nangma and Toeshey, traditional music from Lhasa, Tibet. So far between 2017-2022, I’ve recorded about forty-five songs and they are already made available online for the public to listen and to raise awareness to preserve the legacy of Tibetan traditional music and cultural art. And here’s the link www.soundcloud.com/techung.
In 2022, I’m supposed to record another batch of forty five Nangma and Toeshey with the grant I’d received from the New York Council for the Arts. This time I’m afraid that it would be a bit more challenging because some of these pieces are straight out of Lhasa, and therefore completely new to me. And it might also take a bit longer to perfect the songs since I’ve never had the opportunity to learn them in the past in exile. I would also like to mention that the song numbers that you see on my website is a good indication of my recording works in progress. So please stay tuned and wish me luck.
ལོ་ཤས་གོང་ནས་ལས་གཞི་བརྩམས་ཏེ། ད་བར་ནང་མ་དང་སྟོད་གཞས་གྲངས་ ༤༥ སྒྲ་འཇུག་ཞུས། འདི་ལོར་ནིའུ་ཡོག་མངའ་སྡེའི་རིགས་གཞུང་ཚོགས་པས་རོགས་དངུལ་གནང་བ་བཞིན་སླར་ཡང་ནང་མ་དང་སྟོད་གཞས་༤༥ སྒྲ་འཇུག་ཞུ་རྒྱུ་ལགས་ན། ད་རེས་ཀྱི་ནང་མ་དང་སྟོད་གཞས་སྒྲ་འཇུག་འདི་ནང་དེ་སྔ་བཙན་འབྱོལ་ནང་མེད་པའི་ནང་མ་དང་སྟོད་གཞས་ཁག་གཅིག་བོད་ནས་གཏོང་གནང་བ་རྣམས། སྔོན་ལ་སྦྱོང་ནས་སྒྲ་འཇུག་ཞུ་རྒྱུ་ཡིན། གུས་ཀྱི་དྲ་རྒྱའི་མདུན་ཤོག་ཏུ་གཞས་གྲངས་ཞེས་འདི་རྣམས་འདི་ནས་སྒྲ་འཇུག་རིམ་ཞུས་ཀྱི་གྲངས་ཐོ་ཡིན།
Feeling blessed and fortunate.
The music came from musicians in 4 Continents led by 14x Emmy award winning composer Dominic Messinger, Tibetan singers and musicians Techung and Yungchen Lhamo, the famed Official Soweto Gospel Choir in South Africa and the orchestra from Macedonia.
The Joy Song includes all of the above in a call and response between Tibetans and South Africans in their own languages and English and it begins with the Dalai Lama.
We did it! My ensemble and I had two fantastic concerts in New York city and Washington DC. The audience enjoyed the show and wrote some comments below. Please enjoy the short video of Techung and Tibetan Ensemble concert in Washington DC.
What a gift! A program that offered us in the audience the opportunity to hear traditional Tibetan music and songs played by masterful musicians on native instruments. It was a true ensemble with players clearly engaged with each other as they played bringing this vibrant culture into our lives. Watching was as exciting as listening as the playing techniques were not always familiar. Add to that an occasional dance and many songs with each musician taking on the instrument or dance or song that would most give us a deep experience with the ensemble.
A truly magical evening!
I certainly enjoyed the Remembering Lhasa concert last weekend for CATA and ICT on (June 5, 2022). Everyone was transported back to a Lhasa long gone by, and, for many, the background you provided for the songs and the lyrics made it more than just an entertaining evening. It was educational. And, it was heartfelt for many in the audience who have memories of Lhasa, or stories that have been passed on to them, memories that are sadly fading away year after year.
former Prime Minister of Central Tibetan Administration
More comments in the Comment Section.
On behalf of Techung and Tibetan Ensemble, I sincerely thank you for your generous contribution to the concert tour. Your support helped us to achieve our goal to revive classical music, Nangma and Toesheys from Lhasa. In this day and age, without the financial support from friends, family and organization, it would be impossible to take seven artists on the road to perform this beautiful yet endangered music. We feel truly blessed. THANK YOU FOR PRESERVING TIBETAN MUSIC AND CULTURE WITH US.
We also like to THANK:
World Music Institute
NY&NY Tibetan Association
Capital-Area Tibetan Association
International Campaign for Tibet
High Asia Research Center
Rangzen Dolkar Lhamo
Tsewang Gonpo Tsegon
Tashi Delek and greetings from Morocco.
First of all, we are enjoying our concert/research journey to Africa and we would like to briefly share with you about our journey.
After Techung’s concert at the Festival International of Wasullu FIWA and meeting with some renowned Malian musicians such as Oumou Sangare, Vieux Farka Toure, Habib Koité, and others, we took time to explore the surrounding areas. In spite of the conflicts in many parts of Mali, we were fortunate to visit the historical city of Segou and pay our respect to the Bambara Empire. The Segou region is located on the banks of the Niger River and it was the trading and political center of King Biton Coulibaly, who built this mud mosque for his mother despite being a follower of animism. The river is said to be home to the spirit of water. Half human, half fish, and who once granted power to the king as an offering of gratitude for having used the fruits of his mother's garden. Please check out all the photos in this update at this Link. Photo 1-3
In Segou we filmed a family of dancers and accomplished Balafon and percussion players. Photo 4
As always, surprises are part of the journey. Before we left Mali, we met a remarkable music producer, Paul Chandler from the organization - Instruments for Africa. He had dedicated many years supporting artists and producing festivals in this region. Check out Paul and his work https://i4africa.org/
We were lucky that while in Bamako, we attended a gathering of the hunters known as Dozo. The Dozo are traditional hunters in northern Côte d'Ivoire, southeast Mali, and Burkina Faso, and members of a co-fraternity containing initiated hunters and sons of Dozo, called a Donzo Ton. Sisa conducted an interview session about life, music and dance in their culture. Later we filmed their dancing and music too. Photo 5
Another impromptu event that Sisa came about was to organize a live streaming of musicians of Mali, Ecuador, Brazil and Colombia. Diva Oumo Sangare and the artists shared their music and learned about their culture. This was part of an initiative in collaboration with the Minister of Culture of Ecuador. We are optimistic that through this Oumo Sangare may be invited to Ecuador next year 2023.
Well, time is up to say goodbye to Mali and we are again in for another surprise. Oumo Sangre called us and she personally drove us to the airport to see us off. We accepted this with so much joy. THANK YOU!
We arrived in Morocco after a quite a long flight. After Mali’s heat, we were not prepared for the morning chills (the Atlas mountains still have snow on the top of the mountains; the winds are quite chilly) but we brought our upstate New York winter spirit and we endured the chill. We drove to Essaouira beach town about 2 hours from Marrakech. After a day of rest, we were introduced to a couple of local musicians through friends. Techung interacted with Omar Hayat, one of the elder Gnawa musicians who play a lute known as Gimbre. These musicians are known as the Gnawa and it is recognized by the United Nations as part of the Intangible heritage. We also filmed a group of Gnawa musicians and dancers the next day and interviewed them about the culture. Photo 5,6
The highlight of our stay here was to attend two nights of an annual sacrificial ritual known as Lila. This ritual ceremony always happens a week before the Ramadan but due to the pandemic, they canceled two past years. So this was the first one and we were able to see and appreciate the rituals that in many parts of the world had abandoned it but here it is still alive. The sacrificial part of the ritual is rather symbolic. It brought so many hidden memories of our own past and ancestral rituals that have vanished.
Our next journey is to the south of Marrakech, to some beautiful smaller towns that so much resemble Ladakh. Yesterday, March 30, we were in the town of Ouarzazate, which was the town where the film Kundun was shot. The guide said that this is the third largest film industry in the world. We were thrilled to see the set still standing after some 20 years.
On our way down we stopped at Telouet, a small historical town known for its Casba or castle and traditional music and dance. It was a very windy day and we could see the Atlas mountains in the distance covered with snow. We arranged to film a group of dancers known as ahwash. These dancers with long colorful dresses, songs and drumming brought the spirit of the past alive at this moment. For both of us it is shockingly similar to dances in the Himalayas. Learn more about Ahwash here. Photo 7,8
We visited the Sahara desert, Photo 9, and the next visit is Senegal. More photos and stories later.
Tashi Delek from Mali, Africa.
We arrived safely in Bamako, Mali. It was a twelve-hour flight from New York. And the weather is scorching 90 degrees hot but coming out of four months of winter, we are kind of enjoying the hot weather. We arrived on the first day of Losar, Tibetan New Year but there was no sign of celebration here. We missed it. After a day of rest, we drove four hours with our host, African Diva Oumou Sangare of Mali. Some of you may know about her - she is a Grammy winner musician, activist for the rights of women in Mali and a successful entrepreneur.
The International Festival of Wassulu is a homegrown festival organized by Oumo Sangare in her hometown of Yanfolila, in south Mali. She gathered over thirty bands from all across the country for three days music to celebrate life and community. Many of the singers come from the family of story-tellers known as Griots. We heard spontaneous narrations by poets and woman Griots to special guests.
Techung was to perform on the third day. After two nights of festival music and incredible spirits of music with love, pride, respect and peace, he was doing sound check and suddenly the sound person said to us that the concert had to stop. We asked why and they said that there were some attacks from extremists on Malian Soldiers and about forty soldiers lost lives. The government asked people to mourn for three days. It was a strict rule here and people must follow. We went to our common house and couldn’t believe what we just heard. After an hour around 7p.m. we heard people cheering and the festival is back again. The government made an exception. So this was the final day of the festival. Techung went on stage right after a ritual dance ceremony by local hunters, about twenty men, carrying weapons and sticks singing and dancing. Techung started with his flute and Khamlu, an acapella from Eastern Tibet. The audiences loved it. A designer friend of Oumo said it gave him goosebumps. Techung then jammed with local musicians on two traditional pieces. They played different traditional instruments: such as kamale ngoni, kalabasa and djembe. He also performed a short piece with a mask from Tibetan opera known as Lhamo. After the dance, he offered the Tibetan mask or Ngonpai Ba, which represents the protector of water, to Diva Oumo Sangare as a gift from Tibet. We were so proud to share our music and culture with the community here and make a small but significant contribution in connecting Tibet and Mali.
After the concert, we hung out with artists and exchanged contacts and took photos. Most artists spoke French and their local dialectic so not much information was exchanged but lots of smiles and music. There were a few media journalists who interviewed us and shared in their respective communities. After we left the festival and back in Bamako, today we arranged a meeting with Vieux Farka Toure', son of the late Ali Farka Toure', a renowned musician. Techung played his traditional instruments and Vieux invited Techung to record something together tomorrow. He took up the Dranyen and started playing a song in his language. We all laughed and enjoyed this meeting.
We are now ready to explore and meet with musicians in Segu, a town about two hours east of Bamako. After that we will continue the music journey in Senegal. Morocco and Niger following the Salt Trade Route.
So far our health is well and we are in great spirits. Although the situation in some areas of Mali is tense, we have been looked after and well taken care of.
Please click here for Photos by clicking this link.
It was fun to participate in a Global festival in Adirondack, New York. Check out the article here.
Tashi Delek! if you heard my interview on TibetTV and missed the free download of my album Repa-Songs and Dances, you have another opportunity to download. It will be available for five days from today. Click here. Enjoy!
I am thrilled to be asked to be on Voices of Tibet program, online interview, hosted by Karma Tensum, Executive Director Tibetan Children’s Education Foundation, based in Montana. I am a big fan of this non-profit organization. This interview will be in English.
I will be interviewed by Tibet TV, the main media service of the Tibetan Central Administration, Dharamsala, India. I will share about my interest in music, Importance of preserving traditional Tibetan music. I will be interviewed by journalist Yeshi Dawa. This will be in Tibetan language.
I am thrilled to be invited to collaborate with Emmy Award winner composer Dominic Messinger on a new documentary about His Holiness the Dalai lama and Desmond Tutu. Click Here for the teaser. Act Like a Holy Man
My new album is out today. Download and Share!
དེ་རིང་གུས་པས་ རས་པ། ཞེས་པའི་ཟེར་སྡེར་འདོན་སྤེལ་ཞུས་པ་ཡིན་ནོ།
I hope this update finds you and your loved ones well and safe.
I also hope that during this lockdown period, my newsletter and music brings you a some joy and and peace in your life. I have a few new music videos to share with you, with gorgeous nature in the Adirondacks, in upstate New York where I live.
I will be appearing on the World Music Institute’s Free Online Event WMI PLUS At Home on Thursday, July 23 at 6 PM – 7 PM (EST)
The World Music Institute has presented renowned world musicians such as Zakir Hussain, late Nusrat Fate Ali Khan and others and I am quite honored to be asked to share my music and work. I feel honored and humbled. I hope you can join us.
Click here to attend the event:
A New Music Video Released!
On Saturday August 1st at 1.PM (EST) I will be launching a music video of a beloved traditional song White Crane-Nangma Ama Leho, which I filmed in Dharamsala last year. The song of this lyrics is written by the Sixth Dalai Lama Tsangyang Gyatso.
Click here to watch the music video: Techung- White Crane
སྲོལ་རྒྱུན་རོལ་དབྱངས་འགུལ་བརྙན་ཞིག་རིང་མིན་ ༢༠༢༠ ཟླ་༨ ཚེས་ ༡ རེས་གཟའ་སྤེན་པའི་ཉིན་གུང་་ཆུ་ཚོད་༡ སྟེང་༼ནིའུ་ཡོག་གི་དུས་ཚེས།༽དྲ་ཐོག་ཏུ་འདོན་སྤེལ་ཞུ་རྒྱུའི་གསལ་བསྒྲགས་སུ།
As part of the launching of this music, I will be organizing a discussion on Tibetan music and poems of the Sixth Dalai Lama. I will post the dates as it gets closer.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama's 85th Birthday Celebration Worldwide:
I released two music videos (traditional) tribute to His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 85th Birthday, which was on July 6th. The Tibetan communities and friends of Tibet around the world celebrated virtually and I must say it was a joyful celebration.
Click here to watch the videos: https://www.techung.com/videos
I hope you have a good summer! Enjoy the videos and stay safe.
I am reposting my interview with the New York Foundation for the Arts Newsletter in 2019. Read here.
2019 was a great year for my musical career. I had the chance to meet many influential people both in and outside the music industry, who have all impacted my life in a positive way. I am most grateful that in November, I was able to accomplish my crowd fundraising for Tibetan Music Preservation Project.
This year, I am happy to announce that there will be two major tours in North America and Asia. I am grateful to my wife Sisa Salgado who has been working hard on these tours. Please keep yourselves updated with us through my website. I look forward to seeing you in your city in a few months!
As always, thank you all for your continued support. This wouldn’t be possible without every one of you! Just a reminder, my music is all available by clicking here.
You can enjoy Nangma and Tosheys songs for free all while supporting the traditional music of my country. I have just uploaded two song for Losar! You can hear them here.
With immense gratitude,
༢༠༡༩ ནང་རང་ཉིད་ཀྱི་རོལ་དབྱངས་བྱེད་སྒོ་རྣམས་གང་ལེགས་བྱུང་སོང་། འདི་ལོ་ངོ་ཤེས་གྲོགས་པོ་ཐམས་ཅད་ནས་རོགས་རམ་དང་རྒྱབ་སྐྱོར་འོག་ལས་འགུལ་མང་དག་ཞིག་ལམ་ལྷོང་བྱུང་བ་དང་ལྷག་པར་དུ་སྲོལ་རྒྱུན་ནང་མ་དང་སྟོད་གཞས་ཀྱི་སྒྲ་འཇུག་ལས་འགུལ་ཐོག་དཔལ་འབྱོར་འསྡུ་རུབ་ཀྱི་ལས་འགུལ་དེ་དམིགས་ཡུལ་བཞིན་འགྲུབ་ཐུབ་པར་ཧ་ཅང་དགའ་སྤོབས་ཐོབ། འདིའི་སྐོར་ཞིབ་ཕྲ་འདི་ནས་གཟིགས་ཐུབ། ༢༠༢༠ ཟླ་བ་དང་པོའི་ནང་སྟོད་གཞས་གཉིས་སྒྲ་འཇུག་ཟིན་པ་དང་དྲ་ཐོག་ཏུ་བཞག་ཡོད་པས་ལྷན་རྒྱས་ནས་གསན་ཐུབ། རིང་མིན་ཟླ་རེའི་ནང་གཞས་༣-༤ སྒྲ་འཇུག་བྱེད་ནས་དྲ་ཐོག་ཏུ་འཇོག་འཆར་ཡོད། ༢༠༢༠ ནང་ཧ་ཅང་གཏམ་བཟང་ཞུ་རྒྱུ་ཞིག་ནི་སྟོན་ཀའི་ནང་བྱང་ཨ་རི་དང་དགུན་དུས་ཨེ་ཤེ་ཡ་བཅས་ནང་བོད་ཀྱི་སྲོལ་རྒྱུན་རོལ་དབྱངས་སྐོར་བསྐྱོད་ཀྱི་ལས་འཆར་ཆེན་པོ་གཉིས་དོན་སྨིན་ཡོང་ངེས་ལ་ངའི་བཟའ་ཟླ་སི་ས་ནས་དེའི་ཐོག་འབད་བརྩོན་གང་ཐུབ་གནང་བར་བཀྲིན་ཆེ་ཞེས་ཞུ་རྒྱུ། མྱུར་མཇལ་ཡོང་བའི་སྨོན་འདུན་བཅས། བཀྲས་ཆུང་།།
Happy New Year!
A Short video update on Tibetan Music Preservation Project