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The Power of Compassion – Sacred Dance and Music From Tibet @ Arlington Arts
Oct 1 @ 8:00 pm

Tibet – the Land of Snows: home to Buddhist lamas whose ancient rituals have fascinated people for thousands of years. ‘The Power of Compassion’ presents chant, mantras, music and dance by eight Tibetan Monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery who open a magical window on to a world of reincarnation and Buddhist mysticism which has inspired audiences in theatres and festivals throughout Europe.  From the contemplative, mesmerising chant of Buddhist texts to swirling costumed masked dances accompanied by ancient Tantric musical instruments including horns made from human leg bones, skull-drums, cymbals, bells and with the shattering sound of the dungchen (long horns), the Monks evoke the atmosphere of sacred Tibet: an experience of an ancient culture accessible to all, with introductory explanations offering additional insight into this endangered world.

Founded by the first Dalai Lama in 1447 in Shigatse, Central Tibet, Tashi Lhunpo is one of the most important monasteries in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, and is the seat of the Panchen Lama, the second most important spiritual leader of Tibet after the Dalai Lama.  Now re-established in exile in South India, with the support of the present 14th Dalai Lama, it is one of the major centres of Buddhist learning, best known for its unique tradition of masked dances and sacred music, the first in the Gelug or Yellow Hat school of Tibetan Buddhism.

“…a window of time onto a magical universe of reincarnation and release…” – (The Independent)

‘…a psychedelic whirl of chanting, dancing, drums, cymbals…’ (The Times) 

Big Boss Man: Coming of Age! @ Arlington Arts
Nov 8 @ 8:00 pm

2019 sees Big Boss Man turn 21 years old! Come join the party!

When Blow Up records artistes Big Boss Man hit the stage you don’t just get the look and feel of some of the best jazzy soundtracks of the 60’s but the feel you’re somewhere in the best territory of Roy Budd during his Get Carter years. Big Boss Man’s explosive live show is legendary and as well as playing hundreds of gigs and festivals across the UK, Europe and even Russia their music may sound familiar to you being regularly played on television shows including; the Grand Tour, Come Dine with Me and the World Cup Final, and broadcast on BBC Radio by DJs Including Cerys Mathews, Mark Lamarr and Craig Charles. 2017-18 Big Boss Man have been touring France playing shows with Lisa and the Lips and Nicole Willis as well as playing live on National Radio in France . A check on the BBC website reveals 20 plays in recent times for Big Boss Man songs and a glance at their Publishers Statement shows that Big Boss Man music has been broadcasted in film and TV in dozens of countries worldwide. Recent highlights include NYE at the Sage, Gateshead with Vintage Trouble, the Cult music Festival, Cosmic Trip, in Bourge, France, Germany’s 2 Men From L.I.N.Z Weekender, Looe Festival In Cornwall , the award winning Good Life Experience, Port Elliot festival and sold out shows in Brighton, at the Troubadour in London, Cwmdu Studios in Wales, at the Louisiana Bristol and the Railway Hotel in Southend. Big Boss Man also provide music for the soundtrack to the award winning documentary Tales from Tin Pan Alley – showing at film festivals worldwide now!

Big Boss Man’s Dance-floor favourite “Sea Groove” has exceeded 2.5 MILLION streams on Spotify!

Support from DJ’s spinning Funk,Soul,Latin Boogaloo on original 7″ Vinyl