Album Remarks & Appraisals:
"Beautifully delivered in richly blended unison... The recording quality is exceptional, achieving an atmospheric yet appropriate sense of space, clarity, balance and resonance." - Songlines
The Wire (6/03, p.78) - "...As a portrait of monastery life, these recordings are intriguing and undeniably vibrant..."
SACRED TIBETAN CHANT won the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Traditional World Music Album.
With this recording, the Monks of Sherab Ling Monastery, based in the forests of Northern India, familiarize the outside world with the intimacy of their daily rituals through the chants and prayers that begin and end each of their days. This live recording reveals the Monks' deep worship and devotion. In "Mahamudra Lineage Prayer and Meditation," guttural chants are drawn-out and somewhat melodious, while in "Invocation and Offering to Mahakala," short bursts of vocals often sound like talking or narration. "Receiving Blessings and Dedicating the Merit to World Peace and Harmony," punctuated by drums and other percussive elements, feels like a celebration. This recording is an awesome depiction of authentic pious sound straight from the mouths of devout worshippers.