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Renowned Tibetan Singer Techung to Perform at SUNY Plattsburgh

Tibetan folk and freedom singer-songwriter Techung and his band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 7, in the E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall, at SUNY Plattsburgh.

The event is part of the band’s New York tour, ending on March 11 at Carnegie Hall, where they will perform alongside Philip Glass, Iggy Pop and others.

The event is a unique opportunity to hear traditional and contemporary Tibetan music live. With Tibetan music and performing arts under siege in Tibet, Techung’s music is a valuable contribution to the preservation of that culture.

In addition, Techung will hold a free workshop on Tibetan music and dance from 5 to 8 p.m. March 6 in Krinovitz Recital Hall, Hawkins Hall. 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.

Born in exile and trained at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts in India, Techung later moved to the United States and continued his musical career.

Together with band members Michel Tyabji, Kito Rodriguez, Sherap Wangmo and Rinzing Wangyal, Techung creates a captivating international sound, rooted in the band members’ Tibetan, Indian, African, North American and Caribbean heritage. They have had the honor of opening for the Dalai Lama's public talks on numerous occasions, as well as participating in all the Tibetan Freedom Concert series, alongside the Beastie Boys, U2, REM and others.

Throughout the world, many similar events are being organized every year 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.

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.

The event is sponsored by the SUNY Plattsburgh Departments of Music, Anthropology and Education; Club Asia; Anthropology Club; Asian Studies Committee; the Student Association through the Campus Arts Council; and the College Auxiliary Services.

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