News :: 2016

Jhola Techung, guardian of Tibetan music

Techung in a file photo taken in 2015.

Techung in a file photo taken in 2015. Sonam Zoksang

Patience is the best feature to define those from Tibet, the highest place on Earth, home of the Dalai Lama, with a philosophy of life devoted to the pursuit of harmony.

That premise is fulfilled in Jhola Techung, considered one of the main guardians of Tibetan musical tradition, and respected for his original solo work and collaboration with other traditions around the world. His story is a simile of what the wisdom of his people proclaims: "Everyone is master of their destiny, and forge it the way you want to go."

Techung entered music school at age nine and remained there for another 17, studying both classical and traditional arts of Tibet as popular music and opera. He emigrated to America, where he founded the Tibetan Opera Company, based in San Francisco.

He then began a period of ambassador of the traditions of his land, but also the improvement and transformation of learned technique. His work led him to create music in collaboration with Philip Glass, Iggy Pop, Beastie Boys, and Patti Smith, among other artistes.

Despite being considered one of the guardians of Tibetan music, Techung is not a stickler for Culture, and among his records stand delicate conjugates with jazz, for example, and other genres. In addition, his voice and his melodies are in dozens of films and documentaries.

How could it be otherwise — Techung has played in openings of public talks of the Dalai Lama, for his music evokes the snowy landscapes of Tibet, honours the natural world, and remembers the importance of interdependence and harmony between the environment and the Humans.

This month, for the second time, Jhola Techung visits Ecuador and presents a recital compounded of classical and traditional Tibetan music as well as his own compositions.

In the performance, scheduled for 24 February at 19:30 in the Prometeo Theatre House of Ecuadorian Culture, an extract from the Tibetan Opera known as 'Ache Lhamo' or 'Sister Goddess' will be presented with dance and music with masks.

This master of the rhythms of Tibet visits the country also on the subject of "Losar: Tibetan New Year beginning", a festival in which Buddhists celebrate the victory of good over evil, symbolising purification and freshness.

An essential part of this celebration is the music, the inseparable companion of dance as a physical manifestation with joy. Surely the 24 February will be a show to enjoy and learn a new culture and wisdom.

Published in revista Familia
(translation by Google Translate)

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