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Tashi Dhondup Sharzur (Techung) (San Mateo) collaborating with Door Dog Music Productions (San Francisco)

Award: $40,000 Traditional Arts Grant, 2009

Presented: San Francisco World Music Festival, November 2011

Tibetan musician, composer, and traditional opera director Tashi Dhondup Sharzur (Techung) collaborated with Door Dog Music Productions and other artists to create The Ritual Project, a collaborative musical work. The artists explored music of ancient rites and rituals. Other artists collaborating on the three-day program represented Burma, China, India, Kyrgyzstan, San Francisco Bay Area (Ohlone), Taiwan, and Uzbekistan. James Block and Matthew Antaky developed scenic elements and photographic projections, including film projections of Kyrgyz children of Jany-Tilek village, youth musicians of Burma, and live satellite broadcast of the Thao indigenous people of Taiwan. 

Tashi Dhondup Sharzur (Techung) is well- known for his performances of traditional Tibetan music, dance and opera. Born in Dharamshala India, he was enrolled at age nine in the Tibetan Dance and Drama School—later the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA), where he studied all aspects of Tibetan performing arts. After immigrating to the United States, in 1989, he co-founded the San Francisco-based Chaksampa Tibetan Dance and Opera Company.

Door Dog Music Productions is a presenting and producing organization that supports and promotes the diversity of cultures through the rich music within each culture. Its main program is the annual San Francisco World Music Festival.