|Namgyal Lhamo - live bringing music from Tibet|
Namgyal Lhamo - The Nightingale of Tibetsummary from www.musicwords.nl/papyros~artist~Lhamo, Namgyal_en.html
Namgyal Lhamo was born in 1956, the year of the Chinese invasion of Tibet, just across the Tibetan border in Nepal at the foot of the Kanchen Junga mountain range. She grew up in a pure Tibetan environment where all religious, social and cultural traditions still prevailed. Her father was highly respected by all ethnic groups and had a long term vision to develop the community while preserving the traditions. Education was key for him, so Namgyal was sent to school at an early age.
In the early 1970s Namgyal’s father ran into trouble with the Nepalese authorities and army, as his house had been a natural stop for any Tibetan fleeing from Tibet over the passes west of the Kanchen Junga. For safety reasons his daughters were sent to India in the care of the Tibetan government in exile.
There in Dharamsala they were selected to join the Tibetan Institute for Performing Arts (TIPA, set up by H. H. the Dalai Lama). Starting at a very young age, Namgyal Lhamo trained for over fourteen years under the great masters of Tibetan Opera and Classical Music. She went on to become the star performer of the TIPA and travelled over India and the world. Her interpretations of the Nangma and the Toeshe, Tibetan opera and classical songs from the 17th century, have been universally acclaimed and she is popularly known as 'The Nightingale of Tibet'. Through this passage she stepped into the tradition of the various kinds of classical and folk music of her country.
Namgyal Lhamo performs solo and is accompanied on stage by her voice, the Tibetan lute (Dranyen), sometimes the flute or dulcimer and her independent spirit.
Since the 1980’s Namgyal Lhamo lives in the Netherlands, still pursuing the mission to preserve Tibetan culture and traditions through her music. She acted as extra in the Hollywood production ‘Seven Years in Tibet’, and was the leading figure in the Dutch documentary ‘Seven Dreams of Tibet’.
Next to her music and acting she is running the Tibetan restaurant 'de Werfkring' in Utrecht, recommended if you're in the neighbourhood and looking for a nice place to eat.
Listen to her live in 2010:
LHAMO-NAMGYAL-2010/13 - Live and Session NL
2010.Dec.03 - Dutch Jazz & World Meeting, Melkweg Amsterdam
stelist: 1.Jhola Tashi - Auspicious Song (5:00) / 2.Amaleho - White Crane (3:05) / 3.Shyel Kyishokpa - Crystal Wing (2:45) / 4.Shigatse - Folk Song from Shigatse (2:05)
broadcast: PRX, Hear the World 2011, Program p14 (by rnw, Hilversum, North Holland)
2013.Sep.20 - ConcertZender - Acoustic Roots Session
setlist: 1.Om Mani Padme Hum (mantra) / 2.Acho Soetop (listen mr.Soutop) / 3.Amaleho (white crane) / 4.Shyel Kyishokpa (crystal wings) / 5.Gya Nagpo Ta (black chinese horse) / 6.Nima Lhasa (a day in Lhasa) / 7.Relpa Thungso (celebrating Milarepa) / 8.Chang Gana / 9.Pangye Metok (meadow flowers)
broadcast: ConcertZender 2013.Sep.20 - Acoustic Roots
2000: Voices from Tibet - with Gang Chenpa (CD, Papyros)
2003: Songs from Tibet (CD, Papyros) rereleased by World Music Network
2007: Pure (CD, Silk Road)
2007: The Enchanted Land (CD, Silk Road)
2009: Highland Supernova [Silk Road, cancelled album?] "Paradise Lost" posted 2008.Aug
2012: Musical Offering 1 - Anthology of Tibetan Songs (CD, Papyros)
2015: Musical Offering 2 - Anthology of Tibetan Classical Songs (CD, Papyros)
Things to read, listen and watch
- 2007.Sep: interview - worldmusiccentral
- 2008.Mar: opening gala Woman's Film Maker's Festival, Cretéil, France - youtube
- 2008.Aug: Paradise Lost videoclip - vimeo [for cancelled album?]
- 2008.Dec: interview in The Statesman - republished tibet.ca
- 2012.Dec: Tongni - Emptiness - prayer for His Holiness - Vrije Geluiden - youtube
- 2012.Dec: Nima Lhasa - a day in Lhasa - Vrije Geluiden - youtube
- 2012.Dec: Relpa Thungso - birth of Milarepa - Vrije Geluiden - youtube
- 2013: interview on VoA Tibetan - youtube [sorry no subtitles...]