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May 23, 2013

Tibet peace tour stops in Rockport

A leading Tibetan folk and freedom singer, Techung, will perform at the Shalin Liu Performance Center Sunday at 7 p.m. as part of his national 2013 tour titled “For Peace in Tibet.”

He and the band will combine traditional and contemporary Tibetan music that conveys a message of peace, freedom, and courage to help advocate for peace in Tibet and around the world. The concert will benefit Students for a Free Tibet.

Shortly after China invaded Tibet in 1959, Techung’s parents escaped and joined thousands of Tibetan refugees and the Dalai Lama in Dharamshala, India. At a very early age, Techung was identified as a gifted musician and gained entrance to study at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts. For more than 30 years, he has performed around the world.

His performances appeal to audiences of all ages. Composer Philip Glass described Techung as a highly gifted singer, “bursting with talent and personality.” Techung introduces his songs by explaining the cultural significance and often the audience may join the singing.

Techung, a vocalist, will be joined on stage with Michel Tyabji on percussion, Kito Rodriguez on bass, and Rinzing Wangyal on guitar. Techung also is a gifted player of the long neck lute (Dramnyen), Tibetan fiddle (Piwang) and bamboo flute or (Lingbu).

The performance is co-sponsored with Students for a Free Tibet, which works for Tibetan independence and to inspire people to create an equitable world, free of oppression. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by visiting www.rockportmusic.org.

Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3445, or at gmccarthy@gloucestertimes.com.

If you go ... What: "For Peace in Tibet" concert When: Sunday, 7 p.m. Where: Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport

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