Hi guest, Register | Login | Contact Us
Welcome to Phayul.com - Our News Your Views
Wed 26, Oct 2016 02:52 PM (IST)
Search:     powered by Google
Photo News
Statements &
Press Releases

Book Reviews
Movie Reviews
News Discussions
News Archives
Download photos from Tibet
 Latest Stories
Rights group raises concern over disappearance of detained monks from Thangkor
CM Virbhadra Singh to inaugurate DIFF 2016
Dalai Lama arrives home after two-week Europe tour
TCV Celebrates 56th year of inception
Milan makes Dalai Lama its honorary citizen
ITFA organizes Tibet awareness & clean up campaign
Kirti monk beaten, hospitalized after solo protest
Chinese Embassy gets busy wherever I travel: Dalai Lama
Exile Tibetan NGOs hold vigil to condemn Larung Gar demolition
Local shopkeepers maul Tibetan sweater sellers’ stalls in Bahadurgarh, six arrested
 Latest Photo News
'Unity is Strength,' says one of the formations of the calisthenic display by children of TCV on its 56th anniversary, Oct. 23, 2016. 17th Gyalwang Karmapa attended the celebrations as the Chief Guest/Phayul Photo: Kunsang Gashon
His Holiness the Dalai Lama leaves for Gaggal airport to start a two week Europe tour, Oct. 8, 2016 Phayul Photo: Kunsang Gashon
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is presented with the Tibetan community's report by president of the Tibetan Community in France during a public audience at Palais des Congrès (Congress Palace) in Paris, France. The public audience organised by the Tibetan Community in France with support from other NGOs. and attended by thousands of Tibetans and devotees from all parts of France, 13 September 2016. Phayul Photo/ Norbu Wangyal
more photos »
Melong Band's debut album - a music review
By Email[Tuesday, September 01, 2009 12:43]
By Tenzin Rigdol

When the fingers are in unison, fists make the loudest punch!

Melong Band’s debut album, Notes in Exile seductively captures the core cultural experiences of being a Tibetan vagabond. The songs take its cues from the inchoate arrays of Tibetan socio-political phenomena and musically sculpt it into a poignant portrait of our exilic experiences. All of the eight original songs are like the eight auspicious emblems or Tashi Takgay, summoning everyone to rethink, reinvent, and redefine the Tibetan Contemporary Music. The allure of their creative fluency; ushered by their ample appetite for experimentations, could be realized when their songs effortlessly sow its rhythm in our disenchanted mind. Seldom do we come across such an album where one need not press the next button on the remote to skip songs---if the first song is Ali than the next song is unmatchable Tyson.

The distinctive character of the album lay in the band’s ability to decipher and deconstruct our mundane experiences. Tibetans today live in a constant flux of cultural milieu wherein cultural paths crisscross and evolve; providing us with the opportunities to enrich our wealth of cultural heritage and Melong (in Tibetan-mirror) aesthetically reflects on those transitional cultural experiences in their first album. The smearing sound of electric guitar contrapuntally coupled with the short-lived, dagger-like sharp plucking on the fretless Tibetan lute, laudably accomplishes a marvelous union---especially in songs titled, Crazy, Bhulon gi-shin-kham and Soul Melody. A melodiously composed legato piece titled Reason to Love will definitely find shrines in the soft chambers of youthful hearts. Above all, Pride and Ari Visa are exceptionally well composed and written, and will probably become Melong band’s iconic trademark, especially the song Pride

Tenzin Nawang, the lead vocalist of the band has sung all of the songs with extreme elegance. The clarity, the malleability and the beauty of his voice enchants the listener throughout the album. He imbues his mystical voice in his wide array of vocal ranges; leaving us in a dignified awe.

The members of the rock band comprises of many ingenious musicians and it includes: the guitarist Tenzing Jigme (a graduate from the University of Colorado with a degree in music), the vocalist Tenzin Nawang (a graduate from the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts), the bassist Jampa Choephell who had formerly worked with the renowned Yak Band, the drummer Gorge Dorjee Marich and the Keyboardist Tashi Phuntsok. If you wish to personally experience the Melong thrill then you must attend their live performance on September 5th at the Circular Espanol Hall, New York--- I bet that you would come up with a better review than this one.

Finally if you cannot attend the event then at least support all the Tibetan musicians by purchasing their original CDs. They need our support and we need them more than ever--- you know it!

Print Send Bookmark and Share
  Readers' Comments »
Be the first to comment on this article

“The One Who Escaped” : Review of Pema Tseden's ‘Tharlo’
A Girl from China
-DECODING ‘DRAPCHI’- by Tenzin Tsundue
ARBITRAGE- A film review by Tashi Wangchuk
DRAPCHI - Exclusive Review by Utpal Borpujari
Under the Grey Veil - The Sun-Beaten Path
OLD DOG (Khyi rgan)
Photo Galleries
Phayul.com does not endorse the advertisements placed on the site. It does not have any control over the google ads. Please send the URL of the ads if found objectionable to editor@phayul.com
Copyright © 2004-2016 Phayul.com   feedback | advertise | contact us
Powered by Lateng Online