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Phurpa @ Močvara, Zagreb, 11.6.2018
11. lipnja 2018 @ 21:30 - 23:5950kn
This voyage began in the middle of the 1990’s in Moscow, when a group of artists and musicians led by Alexei Tegin and based at the legendary Fabrique of Cardinal Art commenced their studies of traditional ritual music, drifting away from the field of contemporary electroacoustic and industrial music with the intent to delve deeper into the ancient musical cultures of the ancient Egypt, Iran and Tibet.
The project that emerged as a result was dubbed Phurpa (one of the five tutelary deities of the Father Tantra in Bon tradition), and all the members have carried on with their research in the field of Bon and Buddhist liturgies up to the present day.
Before Buddhism reached Tibet, local people had practiced involved shamanic rites derived from various ancestral cults. The Tibetan ceremonial ensemble has preserved its authenticity and kept a large number of primordial elements stemming from the ancient Central Asian and Tibeto-Burmanese music intact to this day.
A typical ensemble usually includes nga drums, several rolmo cymbals and a pair of gyaling oboes, as well as telescopic dunchen horns and dunkar shells. One of the unique features of the Tibetan monastic choir is a specific kind of overtone chanting, called “rgyud-skad”, or the Tantric voice, which is based on the principle of the singer’s transmogrification during the so-called “chanting meditation”.
According to Phurpa, it’s a set of magical practices from the historical region of Bactria in the Central Asia. Bön is just a name, but the original meaning of the practices is the same.