Techung: Music in Tibet
Techung grew up in Dharamshala, India, where his family and tens of thousands of other Tibetans resettled from their native Tibet. At the age of 9 he was enrolled in the newly formed Tibetan Dance and Drama School now known as the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA). In his 17 years of residency at the Institute, he studied all aspects of the Tibetan performing arts folk, court, and opera - through the oral teaching tradition used by the venerated Tibetan elders with whom he was honored to study. He toured with TIPA in its first international tour as a leading child actor in 1975-76 and for many years afterwards. After emigrating to the U.S., he co-founded the San Francisco-based Chaksampa Tibetan Dance and Opera Company in 1989. On his first solo album, Yarlung: Tibetan Songs of Love and Freedom (1997) he collaborated with composer/performer Miguel Frasconi, which was followed by Sky Treasure (2001) with Windham Hill jazz keyboardist Kit Walker. His other two solo albums were Changhay: Traditional Tibetan drinking songs, Vol. 1 (1999) and Nyingtop-Courage (2002). His song "Losar" was chosen as the 2003 best modern traditional Tibetan song at the first annual Tibetan Music Awards held in Dharamshala. His album Techung A Compilation of Tibetan Folk and Freedom Songs won the 2006 Best Asian Album at Just Plain Folks Music Festival - one of America's largest grass root music festivals.
Techung's voice and music have been featured on the soundtracks of the IMAX film Everest, the films Windhorse (1998), Dreaming Lhasa, (2006), Blind Sight (2007), Dalai Lama Renaissance (2008), and Fire Under the Snow (2008).
His most recent performance in New York was in 2009 when Techung and his band Lhasa Spirits performed at the Carnegie Hall with Philip Glass, Patti Smith and others.
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