Essex County resident Techung is awarded the Traditional Arts Fellowship for the New York Foundation for the Arts and the New York State Council for the Arts 2018.
Techung is a Tibetan-American musician, singer and songwriter who resides in Lake Placid, NY. He is best known for his performances of traditional Tibetan music, dance as well as opera. In addition to being looked up to as one of the key keepers of Tibetan musical traditions, Techung is also respected for the original solo and collaborative music he creates by drawing on both his own heritage and his familiarity with other world music traditions.
Techung tours the world to perform both traditional and contemporary Tibetan music. He has also provided original scores for films and collaborated with world-renowned musicians such as Phillip Glass, who commented Techung is “ … a man of such talent representing the culture, of this exiled and oppressed community,” and blues master Keb Mo. Along with such musicians as Patti Smith, Iggy Pop and others Techung has performed at the famous Carnegie Hall in New York City.
We are proud to know that Techung has been selected from a highly competitive pool, from a total of 3,071 applications. He is the only artist representing Essex County and the Adirondack region.
As a Tibetan-American musician, Techung’s work provides a window into Tibetan aspirations and culture and enriches and becomes rooted in the American cultural landscape.
This award will significantly help Techung in continuing his important work. Learn more about him at www.techung.com.