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Parsons David: Dorje Ling

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1 Tantra A rhythmic piece which serves as an introduction to the album . It is intended to convey the energy and mystery of ceremonials in a Tibetan temple (Gompa). In order to make the music flow more rhythmically, a classical Indian drum (pakhawaj) is used.

2 Tsaparang This music is inspired by the ancient and deserted capital of west Tibet (Guje). Many of its temples and buildings seem to grow out of pinnacles of living rock and it is a treasure house of Tibetan Buddhist art. A detailed description of the place is found in the book "Way of the White Clouds" by Lama Anagarika Govinda and the music was inspired by his writings.

3 Lahaul Valley This beautiful and awe inspiring valley is situated over the Rohtang Pass (13,000 ft.) from the famous old Indian hill station of Manali. We spent a few days here in Lahaul during 1989 and fell in Love with the area. Although Lahaul is geographically India, the local culture is Tibetan Buddhist and the occasional Gompa can be seen on mountain slopes. There are 20,000 ft. mountains everywhere. The whole area is a labyrinth of valleys and peaks with sizeable waterfalls tumbling off high plateaus, dropping thousands of feet and turning to mist before the water can reach the valley floor. The valley is only accessible for about 3 months out of every year because it is snowed in for the remaining 9 months. I would love to be there in the cold season in order to experience the total isolation, absolute stillness and cold, crystal clear air. The music is inspired by my thoughts of staying in one of the Gompas during this period and gazing out across the totally snow white valley and surrounding peaks and glaciers.

4 Dorje Ling This is the longest composition of the album. It is similar to the other tracks in which I have tried to evoke that special Himalayan feeling of mystery and awe. Like TANTRA, it is ceremonial in nature and builds slowly in power and ends with a Long GYU ME chant.

5 K2 This track is named for the mountain in Kashmir and is also composed especially for my wife, Kay, who went away, and in her solitude underwent a beautiful renewal. The beauty and Loneliness evoked by this great mountain echo the feeling of that time.

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Parsons David: Shaman

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This project was inspired by the great shamanic traditions of the world, in particular those of Central Asia, the Middle East and -North Africa. It is also inspired by the writings of Gurdjieff and Madam Blavatsky and the art of Nicholas Roerich.

The word shaman these clays is loosely applied to medicine men. dervishes, lamas etc. It originally comes from the Tungus People of Siberia. It is not the naive of a religion as such, but has become to be a name for those people who have certain mystical experiences irrespective of philosophy, religion or culture - a kind of universal brotherhood or sisterhood. These experiences may be in the form of ecstatic states where the shaman leaves the body .and travels to the upper or lower worlds. The shaman is even likely to exhibit control over nature (siddhi in sanskrit). He or she may also be a great healer.

In composing the music I imagined a gathering of mystics, headed by a high shaman, at night in a remote desert valley. The recordin is my impression; of a complete ceremony where mantras are chanted and dervishes are whirling in ecstatic trances to the rhythm of the music.

It is my intention to leave the listener to imagine what the track titles mean as I'm pure they will mean different thins to different people.

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Parsons David: Yatra (2cd)

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