How lucky I feel to have learned about the musical event given by Phursang Kelak Lama and Michael Monhart at Trace Foundation’s Latse Library, Saturday, June 12. The color, purity, and devotion of the music turned a demonstration into an offering.
The performance began with long bronze trumpets (dungchen), but to say “trumpet” can be misleading. These were not the short horns a Westerner is used to seeing, but very long ceremonial instruments that touched or nearly touched the floor when placed to lips in a seated position. The sound was very deep, reminiscent of deep chanting. What...read more