TIBETAN AND BHUTANESE INSTRUMENTAL
AND FOLK MUSIC
Recorded by John Levy.
This is the second part of the whole Levy 's enterprise: to capture not only the sacred music of the Tibetan ritual in Bhutan but all the aspects of folk music too.
John Levy, an englishman in Bhutan early seventies
Released by Lyrichord in mid-70', all the people who have listen to these vinyls know that it does'nt exist something more powerful, more prodigious and pure than them. John Levy was a london ethnomusicologist who took refuge in tibetan buddhism. so he had all the possibilities to record - with his nagra-stereo - all the rituals and folk music.
The second volume features performances on both Tibetan and Bhutanese lutes and fiddles, beautiful folksongs, and a part of a drama of Tibetan origin performed by a troupe of yak and cow herdsmen of eastern Bhutan. The latter is particularly compelling, the standout performer being Go-Te Do-Pe, who sings and accompanies himself on the dramnyen, a Bhutanese lute. His two songs bear an eerie resemblance to the blues of Junior Kimbrough and other Mississippi hill country musicians.