Roop Verma (Contributing Music)
Roop Verma is a world-class sitarist, composer and teacher
of Indian music and philosophy. His intensive musical training of over 25
years took place under the direction of some of the most famous masters of
our time: Sri J. P. Kaushik, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Pandit Ravi Shankar.
He has performed extensively throughout North America, Europe and India.
His philosophical training has been guided by such masters as His Holiness
The Nirankari Baba, Swami Shyam of the Himalayas and Swami Brahmananda
Saraswati, who awarded him the title of "Acharya", or master teacher, in
1988. His unique combination of spiritual philosophy and
spiritual expression of music is apparent and palpable in his musical
Tashi Dhondup Sharzur
Techung is a prominent Tibetan singer/songwriter living in
exile in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is best known for his performances
of traditional Tibetan music, dance, and opera under the name Tashi
Dhondup Sharzur. He uses his childhood nickname, Techung, when performing
as a solo artist. Whether performing in traditional or contemporary
styles, Techung's dual goals are to revive Tibetan music in the Tibetan
community and to expose the rich performing cultural tradition of his
homeland to the world community. In addition to being looked up to as one
of the key keepers of traditional Tibetan musical traditions, Techung is
also respected for the original solo and collaborative music he creates by
drawing on both his own heritage and his familiarity with other world
music traditions. Techung's voice and music have been featured on the
soundtracks of the IMAX film "Everest," the feature film "Windhorse," the
documentary films "Stranger in My Native Land," "Tibet's Stolen Child,"
and "Three Days for Tibet" (about a concert in Dharamsala with Joan
Osborne, Zakir Hussein and other musicians). His music was also featured
on PSA's for the Milarepa Fund (promoting the 1999 Tibetan Freedom
Concert), Students' For a Free Tibet's DVD demo "Tibet Will Be Free", and
Amnesty International (soliciting support for the human rights case of Ven.
Palden Gyatso), as well as on an audio book by Diki Tsering titled "Dalai
Lama, My Son." His music is currently being used in the documentary film
"What Remains of Us" which was selected at 2004 CANNES film festival. His
music will be used in the upcoming Tibetan feature film "Dreaming of Lhasa"
(working title: Poison Charm) directed by Tenzing Sonam and Ritu Sarin.
Michel has been producing music for
Limitless Sky Records,
an independent record label focused on music from Tanzania, Zimbabwe,
Gunea, India and Iran. In 2003 three of the albums on that label made the
list of Grammy nominations. African musician Ndala Kasheba"s album,
"Yellow Card," was named best of 2003 by the New York Times, and Robert
Christagou (probably the most noted of music critics) said "Yellow Card"
is what "guitar heaven is made of." Michel is always involved in a diverse
range of productions and will be acting as music and post audio supervisor
for the "Dalai Lama Renaissance".
(Music Director, Composer)
Member of the group Manheim Steamroller, which had a
number of platinum-selling albums, as well as a Grammy Award,
studied under composer Henri Mancini, and played sessions with the group
"The Carpenters" in the early years of the band. As a Keyboardist, through
the years Henry has also acted as Music Director for live performances for
Phillip Earl Johnson, and Buddy Big Mountain, and is presently working on
music CDs for both performers. Henry has submitted performance
arrangements, suggestions for album content (Christmas Albums), and local
orchestral performance with Mannheim Steamroller. Recently, he completed
post production sound editing and sweetening for the Ethnomusicology
Department at UCLA on the Sidi Goma radio spots. He is also a
Composer/Arranger for Animation projects at UCLA Department of Animation.
Also Henry is currently making arrangements to tour Europe, Eastern
Europe, and India, with Native American Grammy nominated and winners
Joanne Shenandoah, Mary Youngblood, and The Buddy Big Mountain show, and
will be Composer, Arranger and Music Director for the project.
Heyraneh / Fariba Rofougaran (Contributing Music)
music is the
expression of her personal prayers to the Beloved. Her album "Prayer on
Tanbour" with Jamie Papish and Christo Pellani is inspired by the
mysterious sacred and ancient maqams of the Kurdish Yarsan people woven
with mystic Persian poetry. Heyraneh's music is part of her life and work
as a holistic life coach and a yoga teacher.
Under the leadership of Terry Mcaw and
Vishal Nagar , the Yogins is an
ensemble based in India and the US. Their goal is to create an authentic
blend of Indian and American music - no keyboards, no studio trickery -
just a love for heartfelt, tried, true and honest music.
Lama Wangdu Rinpoche
(Music Director, Composer)
Lama Wangdu Rimpoche
is the amongst the last surviving linage holders of Phowa and Kusuli Chod.
Within his person resides the power and wisdom of this timeless
knowledge. The practice utilizes music as a vehicle to communicate with
the universe and all its energies. His drum, bells and thigh bone trumpet
resonante perfectly with booming his voice. Together they cut through all
confusion and distraction. He is truly a divine master.