Loten Namling’s ‘journey of freedom’ continues in Garrison
Tibetan musician, storyteller and activist Loten Namling will present a concert of Tibetan songs and stories at St. Philips Church in Garrison at 7 p.m. on Jan. 31.
Namling has performed all over the world, playing his dranyen (Tibetan lute) and singing traditional Tibetan songs. Currently based in Switzerland, Loten is touring the United States playing Tibetan music and telling stories about his life. He presents a rare opportunity for American audiences to connect directly with a culture that is in danger of vanishing. His songs and stories take the listener on a complex journey through the landscape of Tibetan history and spirituality.
In 2012, the musician undertook a 50-day pilgrimage across Switzerland walking and prostrating himself for over 150 miles, dragging a black coffin symbolizing the death of Tibet. He performed concerts along the way to raise awareness of the drastic situation in Tibet. Now he is extending that pilgrimage to the rest of the world. In October 2012, Namling was given the Free Spirit Award for this “Journey of Freedom” in McLeod Ganj, home of the exiled Dalai Lama.
St. Philips Church is located at 1101 Route 9D (across the street from the Garrison School). Admission is open to all and is free of charge, with donations requested.