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Tibetan folk singer-songwriter Techung will host a free workshop on Tibetan music and dance tonight, 5-8 pm, in Krinovitz Recital Hall, SUNY Plattsburgh.  Photo: Techung
Tibetan folk singer-songwriter Techung will host a free workshop on Tibetan music and dance tonight, 5-8 pm, in Krinovitz Recital Hall, SUNY Plattsburgh. Photo: Techung

Techung brings Tibetan folk music to Plattsburgh

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Tibetan folk and freedom singer-songwriter Techung and his band will perform Friday night at SUNY Plattsburgh. The event is part of the band's tour of New York, and includes a performance in Carnegie Hall next week, where he'll perform alongside Philip Glass, Iggy Pop and others.

Techung will also hold a free workshop on Tibetan music and dance from tonight at SUNY Plattsburgh. The community is invited to stop in, talk one-on-one with the artist; see and try the musical instruments, learn the movement and dance particular to Tibetan cultural groups; and learn about Tibetan song and vocals.

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Todd Moe
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Born in exile and trained at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts in India, Techung moved to the U.S. in 1987 to continue his musical career.  He co-founded the San Francisco-based Chaksampa Tibetan Dance and Opera Company in 1989, and he's opened for the Dalai Lama's public talks on numerous occasions.

 

Events take place every year throughout the world on March 10, in order to mark the Tibetan Uprising Day. The uprising took place in 1959 and was violently suppressed by the Chinese government. As a result, later that year, the Dalai Lama and more than 80,000 fled into exile.

With Tibetan music and performing arts under siege in Tibet, Techung told Todd Moe that his goals include reviving Tibetan music in the Tibetan community and exposing the rich performing arts tradition of his homeland to the world (hear that interview).

Techung and his band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall, at SUNY Plattsburgh. The  free workshop on Tibetan music and dance from 5 to 8 p.m. March 6 in Krinovitz Recital Hall, Hawkins Hall.

Ticket prices for the March 7 concert are $10 general admission and $5 for seniors. All students may get in free. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Himalaya restaurant (78 Margaret St., Plattsburgh).

For more information call 518-564 -2469 or 518-772-7034.

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