Closing Programme
Buddhist Music Treasures from the Silk Road
Ensemble of Gansu Gannan Labrang Monastery
Ensemble of Yunnan Xishuangbanna Main Buddhist Temple
Buddhist Music Ensemble of Shanxi Wutai Mountain

Fri - SunD8pm
Sha Tin Town Hall Auditorium
$280 / $200 / $120
. Approx 1 hour and 30 minutes with an intermission of 15 minutes
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A breath of fresh air that touches your soul and purifies your mind

Groundbreaking production featuring three traditional styles - Tibetan, Pali and Han V in one show!

Buddhism and its music are an integral part of Chinese culture. The opening of the Silk Road added impetus to the development of Buddhist music which gradually integrated with traditional Chinese folk and court music, giving rise to the unique flavour of Chinese Buddhist music. This unprecedented event showcases three different styles V Tibetan, Pali and Han V in a production by three renowned Buddhist music ensembles from the mainland.

As one of the six great monasteries of the Gelupa (Yellow Hat) school of Tibetan Buddhism, the Gansu Gannan Labrang Monastery has been performing Buddhist music since it was established 300 years ago. Its ensemble specialises in playing the DohDar music for various activities hosted by the Living Buddha Jamyang. The solemn pieces are performed on Han and Tibetan instruments and accompanied by sacred chants, characterised by remarkably low sustained notes that create a powerful resonance.

Xishuangbanna in Yunnan province is a gathering point for Pali Buddhism, a branch of the religion which moved from India to Sri Lanka, Burma and Thailand and from there into southwest China. As the Ensemble of Yunnan Xishuangbanna Main Buddhist Temple shows, the music associated with this form of Buddhism is colourful and multicultural, incorporating the traditions of ethnic minority groups, such as the Dai, Bulang and Wa.

The programme also includes the Buddhist Music Ensemble of Shanxi Wutai Mountain which highlights Han Buddhist music. This style has had a great influence on folk music in northern China. The elegant sounds from Wutai Mountain capture the essence of Chinese music from the Tang to the Qing dynasties and are now listed as part of China's intangible cultural heritage. The three ensembles have appeared separately to acclaim in Europe and North America. In Hong Kong, they share the stage, creating the rare opportunity to hear the three distinctive styles in one enlightening evening.

Producer : Pearl Chan

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