Following the last two years’ sold-out programs at Asia Society, the famed multiphonic singers of Tibet’s Drepung Loseling Monastery return to perform Sacred Music Sacred Dance for World Healing on Saturday, August 18. 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 present 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 splendor.
About the Performances
For the first time at Asia Society, the monks will perform an afternoon matinee as well as an evening full-length program.
Afternoon Matinee (2-2:45 p.m.)
This shorter performance, appropriate for families, will feature a selection of the full-length program's music and dance.
Evening Program (7-8:30 p.m.)
This full-length performance has sold out the past two years.