We are proud to announce the release of our first CD, "Sacred Prayers of Tibetan Lamas" This recording is a fusion of beautifully sung Tibetan Buddhist Mantras and ambient, zero-beat musical atmospheres in the style of Deuter, Eno, Steve Roach, Liquid Mind and Phil Thornton; perfect for meditation and relaxation.
The album features six sacred mantras, chanted by the lamas (Ven. Drupon Samten, Gen Norbu and Omzed Stanzin) and nuns (Ani Chodron and Ani Dolma) of Drikung Kyobpa Choling. The soothing music was composed and performed by Upaya, the ambient instrumental project of American composer Dave Howard. Howard has released three CDs under his own name as a singer-songwriter and one with his rock band, The Shamey Jays. Dave has been practicing Buddhism since 1986 and began studying and practicing with Drupon Samten Rinpoche at Drikung Kyobpa Choling in 2006 after encouragement from his wife, Terri, who was already part of the sangha.
The album was recorded in three sessions. "I met with the Drupon Samten Rinpoche and the other monks and nuns and recorded them chanting acapella in the gompa (shrine room) at the Tibetan Meditation Center. After our sessions, I went back to my home studio and listened to the mantras. Meditating to these chants inspired the melodies and environments I created with the keyboard."
It is our hope that this recording will benefit all sentient beings by spreading the precious dharma and the virtues of compassion and mindfulness." I have wanted to work with the lamas and nuns at DKC for a long time" says Howard. "Finally, the opportunity arose and I am thrilled with the results. I am sure this is only the first of many projects together."