BlackMoon1348 are a two piece Tibetan inspired group; blending Sub-Harmonic throat singing with huge cinematic bowed guitars and analogue synths. This year, BlackMoon1348 have collaborated with the Tibetan Tashi Lhunpo monks of the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery Mysore (South India). Three of the monks, specially selected from the monastery, alongside BlackMoon1348 have created a spiritual sacred insight of Tibetan chants & mantras, dungchen (Tibetan Longhorn) gyaling (Tibetan Oboe) and Tibetan percussive ritual instruments; a sound buried deep within the Himalaya- in accompaniment to BlackMoon1348’s sub-harmonic drone and throat singing. This performance piece will be performed live by BlackMoon1348’s David Kerry and Adeline Thokmay, with live sampling of the Tashi Lhunpo monks; as a huge monumental celebration of cultural diversity, an insight into Tibet’s ancient traditions.
The Tashi Lhunpo Monastery is one of the most important monasteries in Central Tibet besides being the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama. After the Tibetan national uprising that took place in 1959, a handful of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery monks along with many thousands of Tibetans escaped into India. The Monastery was then subsequently re-established in Bylakuppe in Karnataka State, India. With the induction of new recruits over the years, the Monastery today has about 400 monks.