Techung and Band
Popular exiled Tibetan singer Techung and his band will start their first European concert tour in Prague. During the tour the band will present their new album of traditional and contemporary Tibetan songs.The concert is organized under the auspices of the POTALA o.s. organization and FORUM 2000 International Conference. Tibetan folk and freedom singer , multi - instrumentalist and composer Techung is regarded as one of the key holders of Tibetan music and major force in the preservation of traditional Tibetan vocal and instrumental traditions.He is widely respected for the original solo and collaborative music he creates by drawing on both his own heritage and his familiarity with other world music traditions. Grown up in Dharamshala, India, where his family resettled from native Tibet after the Chinese occupation, he studied all aspects of the Tibetan performing arts - folk music, court dances and opera at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA). After immigrating to the USA, he co-founded Chaksampa Tibetan Dance and Opera Company, performing traditional Tibetan opera throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia.Recently he founded a contemporary internationally touring band. Joining with him on stage are Michel Tyabji (percussion), Kito Rodriguez (Bass ), Rinzing Wangyal (Guitar) and Sherep Wangmo (Vocals). They perform regularly at the Tibet House Annual Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall and concert tours in US. This year they are coming for the first time to Europe. In recent years, Techung has had also the honor of opening for His Holiness the Dalai Lama´s public talks in the USA, Costa Rica and Japan.
Techung’s main instrument is his charismatic voice. "...., the instrument that moved me most was Techung's voice. He has one of the most beautiful voices I've heard. It evoked compassion, beauty, joy, and longing. From the evocative songs yearning for a homeland to the raucous and joyous last song that had us all on our feet I was totally involved in the entire experience and left the theater uplifted".
Marianne, Washington, Sept. 2013
His voice and music have been featured on the soundtracks of the IMAX film Everest, as well as feature and documentary films: Windhorse ( 1998), Dreaming Lhasa(2006), Blind Sight( 2007) What Remains of Us ( 2004), Dalai Lama Renaissance ( 2008), Fire Under the Snow ( 2008) and others. His discography includes more than 10 solo albums containing both traditional Tibetan folk songs and his own contemporary songs.
Techung: " The main goal of our tour is to keep the Tibetan music and freedom struggle alive. The Tibetan community in exile and inside Tibet has worked hard to preserve their unique cultural heritage for the past fifty years. And our freedom struggle is also unique, because we believe it has to be solved through nonviolence and human understanding. When we succeed, it will serve as an inspirational model to other conflicts around the world. We are committed to using our music to reach out to the public and remind the world community that Tibet is facing a very challenging time."