Karjam Saeji | Tibet In My Heart (Special Edition With Full Tibetan Lyrics)

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Tibet In My Heart (Special Edition With Full Tibetan Lyrics)

by Karjam Saeji

Tibetan traditional a cappella songs featuring Karjam's soaring vocals and new folk compositions backed up by acoustic instruments from around the world
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1. Teacher And Student (Feat. Ricardo Hambra)
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2. A Song For Tsemphel (Feat. Hilary Finchum-Sung)
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3. Lopez Island (Feat. Philip Graulty)
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4. Holding Tibet In My Heart (Feat. Go Seokjin)
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5. Yushu Earthquake (Feat. Waza Samkuchet & Ricardo Hambra)
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6. Lihshek
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7. Counting Song (Feat. Kim Yuna)
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8. Losar Dodlih (Feat. Yoon Jihee)
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9. Gesar (Shandan Nungchuk)
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10. Lihged Tangsem (Feat. Yoon Jihee)
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11. Let's Go Dance (Feat. Waza Samkuchet)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Karjam's first CD had new age influences, but on this recording any trace of Westernized taming of his wild musical sensibility has been stripped away. You're left with something raw and honest-- multiple tracks composed by Karjam reflect on his longing to meet his closest friend, his sadness in the wake of the devastating Yushu Earthquake, his love of his Tibetan culture and more. In addition there are three traditional compositions, Gesar (Shandan Nungchuk) is one episode from the history of the mythic king of Tibet and the a cappella songs "Lihshek" and "Let's Go Dance" are truly what Devon Leger was talking about when he wrote "Tibetan singing is otherworldly and transcendent, and Karjam’s voice floats like a prayer flag in the air."

The physical CD is a little expensive, we realize, but it's 100% recycled papers, recycled inks and even a tray made from recycled plastic bottles. There is also an 8 page insert with the lyrics to all the songs (in Tibetan). When we reprint this CD we will skip the liner notes, get the extended liner notes version now, while you have the chance.


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Edi

Another great album
I have both of Karjam Saeji's albums. After enjoying the first one so much (Pilgrimage), I certainly wasn't going to miss out on this second one. The same great voice but with different supporting instruments this time.

Jan

Tibet is in MY heart now!
Wow I listened to both of Karjam Saeji's CDs yesterday. What a joy! This music makes my bones resonate and my heart sing. It is beautiful. I love it!!!

linda

Fabulous
I was so moved by the depth of this CD. I have listened many times and each time fell something new toward the music... GREAT

Tommy Tran

Tibet from the Heart
At first glance the casual browser of music may dismiss this as yet another one among mountains of hackneyed New Age yoga pop sitar strumming, but right from the start in the first track "Teacher and Student," like a good teacher Karjam Saeji immediately dispels such illusions. What the listener is presented with is a truly frank and humble expression of the singer's ancestral homeland of Tibet. The performance is at the same time both professional and down-to-earth. The rhythms throughout the album are for the most part steady and easy, allowing the listener to take in the atmosphere as he or she follows Karjam Saeji along into a Himalayan landscape in audio.

In addition to being an expression of the singer's Tibetan heritage, the album also appears (or I should say "sounds") like dialogues between an identity anchored in the highlands of Tibet and the status of a global citizen, traditional conventions and contemporary reinterpretations, and the rich wisdom of Tibet with the cultures of the world. While the track "Lopez Island" brings Tibet to the shores of the North American West Coast with its juxtaposition of a contemporary Western guitar and Tibetan musical expression, "Lihged Tangsem" brilliantly melds the vigorous Tibetan vocals and traditional strings with the nasal hum of the Korean haegeum instrument.

The greatest strength of this album is that it does not pretend to be more than it is. It delivers precisely what the title says. Even with the track "Gesar," which is a reference to a great legendary figure in Tibetan lore, we are not presented a fantastical Shangri-la of glistening palaces but rather the narrow, winding weather-beaten paths of the roads on which the story was carried across an ancient landscape. Despite the lyrics being entirely in Tibetan, Karjam Saeji's composed yet soulful performance successfully overcomes the linguistic barriers and collapses the distance with the listener.