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Tibetan musician to perform at Center for Arts

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A Tibetan musician, living in exile, wil perform traditional music at the Columbia Center for the Arts on May 16.

A documentary film about Jamyang's musical journey will screen prior to the performance.

Jamyang Yeshi was born a nomad into a musical family in the Amdo region of Tibet and escaped across the Himalayas in 1998. After living in Dharamsala, India, for seven years and performing widely with the Aku Pema group, he was invited to Canada to perform and settled in that country as a refugee.

Jamyang has performed widely, at festivals and on tours to Moscow, Europe, Canada and the United States, and recently opened for k.d. lang during the Dalai Lama's visit to Calgary, Alberta.

In 2009 he completed a film which documents the recording of a CD of his family's music. "Shining Spirit: The Musical Journey of Jamyang Yeshi" (2009) tells the story of bringing together Jamyang and his family through the use of multi-tracking recording technology.

With the help of his friends, Karen McDiarmid, director/producer, Mark Unrau, recording technician, and the irrepressible Gompo Kyab of Tibet, Jamyang joins voices once again with the family he has not seen in 12 years.

Shining Spirit is a testament to the power of music, the resilience of the Tibetan culture, and the enduring bond of a family separated by politics and geography.

The film is currently on the Banff Mountain Film Festival's world tour, and will be screened at Telluride Mountainfilm and the Monaco Charity Film Festival this spring, as well as at numerous other festivals around the globe.

McDiarmid will introduce Shining Spirit, setting it in the context of the current situation in Tibet. Following the film, Yeshi will perform live, singing and playing traditional Tibetan instruments, such as the dranyin and the kara, as well as the non-traditional ukelele!

After the film and performance, both Jamyang and Karen will be on hand to answer questions.


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