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1 review | 3 people love this record: be the 4th! Phurpa are pretty amazing. A Russian performance group / musical collective that perform and record authentic ritual music of Bon. Essentially, they are the only artists (that I know of) that are preserving the sounds of this ancient Buddhist tradition from Tibet. They use a combination of tantric singing and ritual instruments and even dress the part. They look and sound incredible. This eighty m ... »

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Sacred Sounds 18.12.16 by Phurpa
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3 people love this record. Be the 4th!
9/10 Ant Staff review, 03 August 2017

Phurpa are pretty amazing. A Russian performance group / musical collective that perform and record authentic ritual music of Bon. Essentially, they are the only artists (that I know of) that are preserving the sounds of this ancient Buddhist tradition from Tibet. They use a combination of tantric singing and ritual instruments and even dress the part. They look and sound incredible. This eighty minute recording takes the listener into their ritual space, and really captures the atmosphere and essence of their performance, as vocal drones and chants gently reverberate around the space. The vocals are the core of the sound, which is completed with singing bowl, rattle and traditional hand drums.

It’s dark music for sure, yet blissfully meditative stuff that should be listened to in a dark room for maximum impact. It’s obvious that these guys have really studied, researched and have a profound sense of respect for the tradition. This is reflected on everything I’ve heard by them - there’s no sense that they’re reproducing something historical - rather they transport us back in time, as though we’re experiencing a genuine sacred ritual in Tibet, thousands of years ago. This record is dedicated to the endangered Amur leopard. There are only 70 of this beautiful beast still walking the earth. All profits from Oaken Palace will be donated to the Amur Leopard & Tiger Alliance.

Check if you dig Keiji Haino, Senyawa, Sunn O)) etc.




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