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January 16th, 2013
Multiphonic singing monks to perform at Texas State


Nationally acclaimed for their sold out performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, the multiphonic singers of Tibet’s Drepung Loseling Monastery are coming to San Marcos.


The multiphonic singers of Tibet’s Drepung Loseling Monastery will perform at Evans Auditorium on Jan. 31. TEXAS STATE PHOTO

The chorus will perform “Sacred Music Sacred Dance for World Healing” 7 p.m. Jan. 31 in Evans Auditorium on the Texas State campus.

The event is one highlight of the monks’ week-long visit to campus Jan. 28-Feb.1. The monks also will stage an opening ceremony on Jan. 28 at noon, when they will begin creating a mandala sand painting at the LBJ Student Center paseo. Their visit will conclude with a noon closing ceremony on Feb. 1, which will be followed by a procession to Sewell Park and a blessing of the San Marcos River.

The events, sponsored by the Common Experience and the Organization of Student Social Workers, are free and open to the public. The events are part of the 2012-2013 Common Experience theme, A Global Odyssey: Exploring Our Connections with the Changing World.

The Mystical Arts of Tibet international tour is co-produced by Richard Gere Productions and Drepung Loseling Institute, the North American Seat of Drepung Loseling Monastery, India. Endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the tour has three basic purposes: to make a contribution to world peace and healing; to generate a greater awareness of the endangered Tibetan civilization; and to raise support for the Tibetan refugee community in India.

The sacred dance performance features multiphonic singing, wherein the monks simultaneously intone three notes of a chord. The Drepung Loseling monks are particularly renowned for this unique singing. They also utilize traditional instruments such as 10-foot long dung-chen horns, drums, bells, cymbals and gyaling trumpets. Rich brocade costumes and masked dances, such as the Dance of the Sacred Snow Lion, add to the exotic splendor.

The monks of Drepung Loseling have a distinguished modern-day musical history. On past tours, they have performed with Kitaro, Paul Simon, Philip Glass, Eddie Brickell, Natalie Merchant, Patti Smith, the Beastie Boys, the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart, among others.

Two of their recordings achieved top-10 listings on the New Age charts: Tibetan Sacred Temple Music (Shining Star Productions) and Sacred Tibetan Chants (Music and Arts Program of America, Inc.). Their most recent recording, Compassion (Milennia Music), pairs them with the Abbey of Gethsemani Schola in an encounter of Gregorian chant with Tibetan multiphonic singing.


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