Following last year's sold-out concert at Asia Society, the famed multiphonic singers of Tibet’s Drepung Loseling Monastery return to perform Sacred Music Sacred Dance for World Healing on August 12. Their sellout performances in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center received national acclaim, and were praised as "remarkable" by The New York Times and "a universal expression of the human subconscious" by The Washington Post.
Robed in magnificent costumes and playing traditional Tibetan instruments, the Drepung Loseling monks will perform ancient temple music and dance. The Loseling monks are particularly renowned for their multiphonic chanting known as zokkay (complete chord). Each of the main chantmasters simultaneously intones three notes, thus each individually creating a complete chord. 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.
This performance complements the Mystical Arts of Tibet exhibition. From August 10-13, Tibetan Buddhist monks will construct a sand mandala and perform special ceremonies at Asia Society Texas Center.