Radio Free Asia's recording on May 24, 2004 musicians from The Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) playing traditional Tibetan musical instruments is a four-hour session. TIPA musicians performed traditional secular Tibetan music. This recording session was held following TIPA's stage performance on May 22, 2004 at the George Marshall School Auditorium in Falls Church Virginia.
The impromptu recording session was held in Radio Free Asia's first floor conference center and yielded eighteen song tracks. Most of the song tracks are short traditional Tibetan melodies and all are under one-minute in length.
The Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) is the premiere exile institute entrusted with the responsibility of preserving and promoting Tibetís unique tradition of performing arts.
On His arrival in India, His Holiness the Dalai Lama felt the need to take immediate steps to preserve the traditional performing arts before it was lost forever. Thus, TIPA was established in August 1959, four months after His arrival in India.
TIPA is a vibrant and creative institute, based in Dharamsala, north India. The institute has 112 members, including artistes, instructors, administrative staff and craftsmen, all of whom live on the instituteís premises. The members work with a clear sense of direction towards the preservation of Tibetan culture.
This complete TAM Session resulted in eighteen song tracks which are loaded in the Tam Player below for your preview:
The TIPA musicians, as show, played traditional instruments; the flute, plucked stringed instruments and bowed stringed instruments. Instruments used at the session included; the Yangqin, shaped like a trapezoid box, a dulcimer which is hammered rather than plucked. The dramyin a traditional Himalayan folk music lute which is played by strumming, finger-picking or more commonly plucking. The huqin, a two-stringed bowed instrument also known as the "barbarian" (hu) "fiddle" (qin).
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