Phurpa

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Phurpa is a Russian musical collective and performance group, recording and playing authentic ritual music of Bon, the oldest Buddhist tradition from Tibet, using ritual instruments and special tantric singing technique.

Alexei Tegin, a founding member and leader of the group, started exploring and experimenting with traditional and ritual music in the middle of the 1990s, at a legendary Cardinal Art Factory (Фабрика Кардинального искусства) in Moscow, led by Vladimir Epifantsev, controversial actor, director and propagator of trash-culture. Of crucial importance was his introduction to the spiritual tradition of Bon and Dzogchen and his meeting with singing masters of Gyumay and Gyuto tantric colleges.

Phurpa was formed in 2003, and the project is named after Phurpa Drugse Chempa (phur pa 'brug gsas chem pa), one of the five tutelary deities of the Father Tantra in Bon tradition (this unique deity has a lower part of his body shaped in a form of phurpa, or kīla, three-edged peg/knife, widely used in tantric Buddhist rituals).

Phurpa line-up included Alexei Tegin, Dmitry Globa, Eduard Utukin, Anastasia Tomskaya, Pavel Selchukov. Band members are constantly studying ancient Tibetan liturgical practices and ceremonies of Bon tradition, both theoretically and practically.

The trademark style of the band is based on a special type of tantric overtone singing/chanting, called gyukye (rgyud skad), from Tibetan words 'rgyud' (tantra) and 'skad' (sound of the voice). This singing is based on the principle of practitioner's transmogrification during chanting meditation. This technique is achieved through an extensive training, including both meditation and physical, breathing and vocal exercises. Special training includes standing on your head while rehearsing (in the inverted position, lungs and vocal cords works more efficiently) and also drinking black tea with chili pepper and cream – hot pepper is irritating your vocal cords, so they are swelling up a little, while cream (or any other kind of grease or oil) acts as a lubricant.

Phurpa uses ritual Tibetan instruments to perform their music, which includes dungkar (horn made out of huge seashell), dungchen (three-metre-long horn/trumpet), silnuyen (flat cymbals), nga (double-sided drum), damaru (drum, made out of human skulls), kangling (human thighbone trumpet), shang (bon tambourine), rolmo (other type of cymbals), etc.

Members:
Alexey Tegin (2003-)
Daniil Zotov (2014-)
Dmitry Tarakanov (Dut/Dud) (2018-)

Former members:
Dmitry Globa-Mikhailenko (2003-2011)
Eduard Utukin (2003-2011)
Andrey Grekov (2003-2008)
Cheslav Merk (2003-2007)
Pavel Selchukov (2008-2010)
Anastasia Tomskaya (2008-2010)
Nikita Korolev (2014-2020)
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IHD002 Tro-Wo Phur Nag — Phurpa Phurpa Tro-Wo Phur Nag(CDr, Enh + 2xCDr, CD-ROM + Ltd, Num) Invisible Hand IHD002 Russia 2007 Sell This Version
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aquarel 12-09 Nag bDud Ceremony — Phurpa Phurpa Nag bDud Ceremony Aquarellist aquarel 12-09 Russia 2009 Sell This Version
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none Trowo Phurnag Ceremony — Phurpa Phurpa Trowo Phurnag Ceremony (Album) Mantra Spenta none Russia 2009 Sell This Version
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none The Sound Of Dakini Laughter — Phurpa Phurpa The Sound Of Dakini Laughter (Album) Not On Label (Phurpa Self-released) none Russia 2011 Sell This Version
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CQBL034 Phurpa — Phurpa Phurpa Phurpa(Cass, Ltd) Brave Mysteries CQBL034 US 2012 Sell This Version
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none Mantras Of Bön — Phurpa Phurpa Mantras Of Bön (Album) Zoharum none 2014 Sell This Version
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LV#015 Wal Phur Nag Po — Phurpa Phurpa Wal Phur Nag Po(Cass, Ltd, C66) Lust Vessel LV#015 Japan 2014 Sell This Version
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69th Cycle The Magic Rituals Of The BON Tradition  — Phurpa Phurpa The Magic Rituals Of The BON Tradition (CD, Album + DVD) Cyclic Law 69th Cycle Canada 2014 Sell This Version
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ZZS 002 Wal Phur Nag Ritual  — Phurpa Phurpa Wal Phur Nag Ritual (Cass, C61) Zazen Sounds ZZS 002 Greece 2015 Sell This Version
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ZOHAR 126-1 LP Rituals Of Bön I — Phurpa Phurpa Rituals Of Bön I (Album) Zoharum ZOHAR 126-1 LP Poland 2016 Sell This Version
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InfectLP17 Evoking Shadows Of Death — Phurpa Phurpa // Deathstench Phurpa // Deathstench - Evoking Shadows Of Death Black Plagve InfectLP17 US 2016 Sell This Version
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CSR221LP Teachings Of Eastern Traditions — Phurpa Shibalba (3) / Phurpa Shibalba (3) / Phurpa - Teachings Of Eastern Traditions (Album) Cold Spring CSR221LP UK 2016 Sell This Version
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ZOHAR 127-2 Chöd — Phurpa Phurpa Chöd(2xCD, Album, Ltd) Zoharum ZOHAR 127-2 Poland 2016 Sell This Version
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OAK-011 Sacred Sounds 18.12.16 — Phurpa Phurpa Sacred Sounds 18.12.16 (Album) Oaken Palace Records OAK-011 UK 2017 Sell This Version
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91st Cycle Gyer Ro — Phurpa Phurpa Gyer Ro (Album) Cyclic Law 91st Cycle Germany 2017 Sell This Version
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OAK-012 Sacred Sounds 22.1.17 — Phurpa Phurpa Sacred Sounds 22.1.17 (Album) Oaken Palace Records OAK-012 UK 2017 Sell This Version
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ZOHAR 146-1P Rituals Of Bön II — Phurpa Phurpa Rituals Of Bön II (Album) Zoharum ZOHAR 146-1P Poland 2017 Sell This Version
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OECD 249 Chöd Ritual / Grotta Santarcangelo — Phurpa Phurpa Chöd Ritual / Grotta Santarcangelo(CD, Album, Ltd) Old Europa Cafe OECD 249 Italy 2017 Sell This Version
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ZOHAR 145-2 Ya Tog Rid Pa'i Gyer — Phurpa Phurpa Ya Tog Rid Pa'i Gyer(2xCD, Album, Ltd) Zoharum ZOHAR 145-2 Poland 2017 Sell This Version
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ANGST_33, VS00 Gdansk — Phurpa Phurpa Gdansk(2xCass, Album) Angst, Vasopressin ANGST_33, VS00 Italy 2017 Sell This Version
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ZZS017, NSP012 Gyud — Phurpa Phurpa Gyud(CD, Album) Zazen Sounds, Nigrum Serpentis ZZS017, NSP012 Greece 2017 Sell This Version
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4iB LP/0915/025 Misericordia — Phurpa Phurpa + Mare Di Dirac Phurpa + Mare Di Dirac - Misericordia(LP, Album, Ltd, Num) 4iB Records 4iB LP/0915/025 Singapore 2017 Sell This Version
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100th Cycle Monad — Phurpa Visions (4) & Phurpa Visions (4) & Phurpa - Monad (Album) Cyclic Law 100th Cycle Germany 2018 Sell This Version
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OECD 263 Live at XIV Congresso Post Industriale — Phurpa Phurpa Live at XIV Congresso Post Industriale(CD, Album) Old Europa Cafe OECD 263 Italy 2018 Sell This Version
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TR0005 Yugasanti — Phurpa KHN'SHS - Phurpa KHN'SHS - Phurpa - Yugasanti(CDr, Album, Ltd) Torredei Records TR0005 Italy 2018 Sell This Version