tibetan and bhutanese instrumental and folk music

Recorded by John Levy


Jewel case CD inside a slipcase


Recorded by John Levy in 1971, originally released in 1972 by Lyrischord Discs, New York; reissued in 2006 by Sub Rosa.

The follow-up to John Levy's astonishing 'Tibetan Buddhist Rites from The Monasteries of Bhutan', this second volume again sees the London ethnomusicologist (fit that on your passport!) delving deep within a sacred culture and bringing out a clutch of affecting material. Combining together the Tibetan and Bhutanese tradition of lutes and fiddle, the spectrum of field recordings included here range from the borderline Delta Blues of Go-Te Do-Pe through to the haunting percussive rattles perpetrated by Tibetan Monks. Having somehow gained access to the most private of ceremonies, Levy has allowed those of us unlikely to ever see the Himalayas from anything other than a plane window to access some of the bewildering array of cultural fabric that has bound this remote region for centuries. About as far from a dry and worthy collection as it's possible to get, ' Tibetan and Bhutanese Instrumental and Folk Music Vol. 2' makes the title ethnomusicologist seem as appealing as it is vowel-heavy, whilst delivering a stringent diktat on the wealth of material beyond our Western-musical borders.
Notes from Boomkat

John Levy


01 Song With Lute Self-Accompaniement, Bhutanese Dramnyen 3:46
02 Song With Lute Self-Accompaniement 1:34
03 Tuning Of Bhutanese Lute 0:36
04 Lute Solo 2:30
05 Whistle Flute, Played By Ge-Te Do-Pe 1:43
06 Folk-Songs Sung By Droma, Of Talo 2:14
07 Folk-Songs Sung By Droma, Of Talo 2:25
08 Folk-Songs Sung By Trinlem, Of Tongsa 5:01
09 Folk-Songs Sung By Trinlem, Of Tongsa 2:07
10 Pawo, Oracles, Dance And Song, With Pellet-Drums 3:16
11 Tibetan Dramnyen, 6-Stringed Lute, Played By Amanul, Of Lhasa 3:54
12 Ho-Chhin, 2-Stringed Fiddle, Played By Amanul 1:46
13 Tibetan Minstrel, With His Young Son, SInging Folk-Songs From Eastern Tibet 2:34
14 Tibetan Minstrel, With His Young Son, SInging Folk-Songs From Eastern Tibet 2:16
15 Folk-Song Sung By Men From Chhokhor In Bumthang District, Eastern Bhutan 0:50
16 Ura Gi Ache Lhamo, Women From Ura In Bumthang District 2:00
17 Folk-Song By Men From Nub, In Tongsa District 1:46
18 Folk-Song By Women From Nub, In Tongsa District 4:27
19 Folk-Song Sung By Tsewang Lhamo, Of Paro 2:38
20 Ache Lhamo, Dance Of The Godness, From The Story Of King Norzang 2:59