Born in Tibet, Nawang Khechog spent his earliest years as the child of nomads. In his boyhood he first learned to play the bamboo flute, an ancient instrument popular in rural villages throughout Tibet. After the brutal subjugation of Tibet by Chinese Communists in 1949, Nawang and his family escaped to India. There he studied meditation and Buddhist philosophy, a path he followed as a monk for eleven years - four of them as a hermit. In 1986, he emigrated to Australia where he first performed, and his recordings achieved bestseller status. Nawang is best known for his collaborations with Kitaro, including a world tour and performances on Kitaro's Grammy-nominated Enchanted Evening and Mandala albums. His live performances with Philip Glass, Paul Winter, Laurie Anderson, Paul Simon, Natalie Merchant, and Baba Olatunji have received international acclaim.
DANCE OF INNOCENTS CD BY PETER KATER & NAWANG KHECHOG
THE DANCE OF INNOCENTS pairs two artists together Tibetan flutist Nawang Khechog with Western soundscape wizard Peter Kater. Together they weave a gentle tapestry that highlights two cultural sounds - Khechog's bittersweet yet uplifting bansuri flute melodies and Kater's pastoral piano and synth work, which bears Southwestern accents. This is an album that puts you squarely in a mindset for peace and meditation - there is a gentle beauty that floats through these pieces that makes you want to release your burdens and revel in the simple joy of the music. Of note are "Ocean of Long Life," which pairs an introspective canon-like harmony played on the piano by Kater with the Buddhist chant of Khechog, and "A Fresh Wind," which dovetails the piano and flute wonderfully.
1. A Fresh Wind 10:08
2. Touch of An Angel 12:07
3. Call for Compassion 10:59
4. Prayer for the Millenium 6:16
5. In A Peaceful Valley 8:17
6. Ocean of Long Life 5:04
7. Dance of Innocents 7:08
Nawang Khechog, one of Tibet's foremost contemporary musicians, joins producer Kitaro on a musical journey through the landscape and spiritual traditions of Tibetan culture. KARUNA (the Sanskrit word for compassion) is, for the most part, an acoustic outing, featuring indigenous instrumentation from a variety of cultures. Included are South American rain sticks, Indian percussion, Japanese Taiko drums, Australian didgeridoo and a variety of flutes, chants and nature sounds. One particular instrument of note is the "Universal Horn," a creation of Khechog's that could be described as a hybrid of the didgeridoo and a Tibetan horn. Besides acting as producer, Kitaro lends his synthesizers to a pair of tracks, providing the lone contemporary edge to the proceedings. A former monk, Khechog brings to the table the serenity and introspection of Tibetan spiritual teachings, which helps to make this music extremely meditative and absorbing.
1.Ocean of Wisdom
4.Rhythm of Dakini
6.Thanksgiving to Mother Earth
7.Journey With Ancients
8.Peace Through Kindness
MUSIC AS MEDICINE BY NAWANG KHECHOG & R. CARLOS NAKAI
Some believe that simply hearing the name of the Medicine Buddha or viewing an image of its likeness is enough to elicit healing in an individual. With this recording, famed bamboo flutist Nawang Khechog seeks to obtain the blessings of the Medicine Buddha through a series of flute improvisations. Joined by veteran Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai, Khechog presents eleven cuts of pure, meditative bliss. In some cases, the album features the intertwining of Khechog's ethereal bamboo flute and Nakai's earthy Native American counterpart, which provides a beautiful communication between two cultures. On other tracks, such elements as chant, singing, horns and drums are included as well.
1.Healing Through Kindness
2.Harmony in Balance
3.Bodhisattva's Magnificent Heart
5.Music as Medicine
6.Call to Compassion to Humanity, A
A former monk and a highly skilled bamboo flutist, Nawang Khechog has a gift for creating music that's introspective and spiritually moving. QUIET MIND is a collection of subtle pieces designed to do just what the title describes - promote mindfulness and the experience of living in the moment. Each track features a sonic meditation based on a specific instrument. In most cases it is the bamboo flute, although the didgeridoo, Incan panpipes and the silver flute are worked into the mix as well. The pieces are reverberated to give a sense of clarity and solitude and the music has an improvised, open-ended feel that is conducive for meditation practices.
1. Year of Tibet
2. Nomads of the Tibetan High Plateau
3. Flight of a Shepherd Boy, The
4. Freedom in Exile
5. Sad Return to My Birthplace, A
6. Giving and Forgiving
7. Power of Morality and Patience, The
8. With Mindfulness and Wisdom
9. Creating an Enlightened Society
RHYTHMS OF PEACE features ten compositions centered on the subtle beauty of the bamboo flute, as performed by Nawang Khechog. Concepts of stillness and peace are central on this recording - the music is vast and airy, providing a sublime atmosphere for meditation practices. In addition to flute, Khechog also incorporates didgeridoo, drums, gongs and bells into the mix, which adds to the album's sense of mysticism, not to mention rhythm (as the title implies). Khechog's goal is to spread love and unity around the world through his music. This album seems to be doing just that.
1.Nobel Peace Laureate, 1989
2.Dalai Lama of Tibet, The
3.Leading the Path of Non-Violence
4.Loving Even One's Enemy
5.Being Kind to All
6.Caring For Our Mother Nature
7.Working For World Peace
8.Tibet For Peace Sanctuary
9.Tienanmen Square (For Chinese Warriors)
10.Human Heart Is For Kindness, The
If there were one sound that could easily be associated with peace, it would have to be the soft, earthy sonorities of the bamboo flute. Nawang Khechog is a master of the instrument, which he proves on this set of meditative offerings. SOUNDS OF PEACE features eight pieces that centrally focus on the nuances of the bamboo flute, as well as a couple that also incorporate the sounds of the didgeridoo. The harmonies are tranquil and flowing, providing a spacious atmosphere where mindfulness can thrive. Another thing about this recording that makes such a powerful listening experience is its inherent sense of spirituality. Khechog performs each of these pieces with almost a prayerful reverence - the music is beautiful, introspective and soulful.
2.Seeking the Way
3.Finding It Within
4.Kindness as the Key
5.Starting a Kindness Course
6.Becoming More Peaceful
7.Peace For Humanity
8.Peace in the World
9.Dwelling in Peace
10.Being Kind to Each Other
There's only one thing that you really need to be successful with meditation - a quiet mind. And unfortunately, for many that's the biggest stumbling block. This album from veteran flutist and former monk Nawang Khechog was designed to help you with that obstacle, providing a full hour of gentle and overwhelmingly soothing music that will make it easier to achieve peace of mind and the mental clarity that goes with it. Khechog's flute is the centerpiece of the album, performed in a slow, zen-like manner throughout most of the album. Some of the tracks do introduce other instrumentation, like "Infinite Love" which features Sandra Wong on violin and James Hoskins on cello, or "Under the Wings of Blessing," with the light, fragile vocals of Tsering Khechog blended into the mix. But in these cases, the enhancements are understated and the atmosphere remains quiet and reflective throughout.
1.Under the Wings of Blessing
2.Great Prince of Peace and Universal Compassion, The
3.Five-Peak Wisdom Mountain
4.Daily Prayer and Practice of the Dalai Lama, A
5.Walking Into the Himalaya to Meditate
7.Great Arya Tara, The
8.Wisdom and Compassion
9.Perfection of Compassion, The
10.Dagkar Taso Mila's Cave
11.For as Long as Space Endures
Nawang Khechog's goal as an artist is to use his thought-provoking sonorities to spread peace, love and compassion to all corners of the globe. Laden with the meditative traits of Buddhist philosophy, of which he studied as a monk for over a decade, Khechog creates a place of stillness that contrasts the chaos of our world. UNIVERSAL LOVE is an album of improvised bamboo flute melodies set against a backdrop of chant vocals, didgeridoo, bells and percussion. This beautiful music is an organic tonic for the soul, filled with mystery, spirituality and serenity.
1.Universal Dance of Kindness
5.Last Stand of the Wild Things
6.Wish-Fulfilling Jewel in the Himalayas, The
7.Four Immeasurable Kindnesses
8.Cutting Through the Ocean of Ego
9.Tibetan Freedom Chant
WINDS OF DEVOTION CD BY NAWANG KHECHOG & R. CARLOS NAKAI
Winds of Devotion CD by acclaimed Native American flutist R.Carlos Nakai and Tibetan flute virtuoso Nawang Khechog blend sacred chant, prayer and the timeless beauty of the wooden flute for yoga, spa and relaxation.
From opposite sides of the world, two rich traditions in healing music meet in one beautiful album: Winds of Devotion. Acclaimed Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai and Tibetan flute virtuoso Nawang Khechog come together in a cross-continental prayer for compassion, wisdom, healing, and universal love.
These Grammy®-nominated artists offer you four peaceful and uplifting compositions of healing music that express their shared reverence for the divine spirit. Nakai and Khechog share a harmonious rapport based on common dedication to the meditative path of music. On Winds of Devotion their flutes resonate with ancient indigenous sounds that spark a deep remembrance in the heart of the modern listener. Produced and arranged by Peter Kater.
1. Sentient Beings See All 2 18:20 MP3 clip
2. Wisdom See All 2 18:24
3. Compassion See All 2 17:46
4. Heart See All 2 17:46