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 includes 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.
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IHD002 Phurpa - Tro-Wo Phur Nag album art Phurpa Tro-Wo Phur Nag(CDr, Enh + 2xCDr, CD-ROM + Ltd, Num) Invisible Hand IHD002 Russia 2007 Sell This Version
Phurpa - Nag bDud Ceremony album art Phurpa Nag bDud Ceremony Aquarellist Russia 2009 Sell This Version
SACRAMENT I Phurpa - Trowo Phurnag Ceremony album art Phurpa Trowo Phurnag Ceremony(CD, Ltd) Mantra Spenta SACRAMENT I Russia 2009 Sell This Version
Phurpa - Trowo Phurnag Ceremony album art Phurpa Trowo Phurnag Ceremony (Album) Sketis Music Russia 2010 Sell This Version
Phurpa - The Sound Of Dakini Laughter album art Phurpa The Sound Of Dakini Laughter (Album) Not On Label (Phurpa Self-released) Russia 2011
CQBL034 Phurpa - Phurpa album art Phurpa Phurpa(Cass, Ltd) Brave Mysteries CQBL034 US 2012 Sell This Version
Phurpa - Mantras Of Bön album art Phurpa Mantras Of Bön (Album) Zoharum 2014 Sell This Version
LV#015 Phurpa - Wal Phur Nag Po album art Phurpa Wal Phur Nag Po(Cass, Ltd, C66) Lust Vessel LV#015 Japan 2014 Sell This Version
69th Cycle Phurpa - The Magic Rituals Of The BON Tradition  album art Phurpa The Magic Rituals Of The BON Tradition (CD, Album + DVD) Cyclic Law 69th Cycle Canada 2014 Sell This Version
ZZS 002 Phurpa - Wal Phur Nag Ritual  album art Phurpa Wal Phur Nag Ritual (Cass, C61) Zazen Sounds ZZS 002 Greece 2015 Sell This Version
Phurpa - Teachings Of Eastern Traditions album art Shibalba (3) / Phurpa Shibalba (3) / Phurpa - Teachings Of Eastern Traditions (Album) Cold Spring UK 2016 Sell This Version
Phurpa - Rituals Of Bön I album art Phurpa Rituals Of Bön I (Album) Zoharum Poland 2016 Sell This Version
InfectLP17 Phurpa - Evoking Shadows Of Death album art Phurpa // Deathstench Phurpa // Deathstench - Evoking Shadows Of Death(LP, Ltd) Black Plagve InfectLP17 US 2016 Sell This Version
ZOHAR 127-2 Phurpa - Chöd album art Phurpa Chöd(2xCD, Album, Ltd) Zoharum ZOHAR 127-2 Poland 2016 Sell This Version
Phurpa - Sacred Sounds 18.12.16 album art Phurpa Sacred Sounds 18.12.16 (Album) Oaken Palace Records UK 2017 Sell This Version
Phurpa - Sacred Sounds 22.1.17 album art Phurpa Sacred Sounds 22.1.17 (Album) Oaken Palace Records UK 2017 Sell This Version
Phurpa - Rituals Of Bön II album art Phurpa Rituals Of Bön II (Album) Zoharum Poland 2017 Sell This Version
Phurpa - Gyer Ro album art Phurpa Gyer Ro (Album) Cyclic Law Germany 2017 Sell This Version
OECD 249 Phurpa - Chöd Ritual / Grotta Santarcangelo album art Phurpa Chöd Ritual / Grotta Santarcangelo(CD, Album, Ltd) Old Europa Cafe OECD 249 Italy 2017 Sell This Version
ZOHAR 145-2 Phurpa - Ya Tog Rid Pa'i Gyer album art Phurpa Ya Tog Rid Pa'i Gyer(2xCD, Album, Ltd) Zoharum ZOHAR 145-2 Poland 2017 Sell This Version
ANGST_33, VS00 Phurpa - Gdansk album art Phurpa Gdansk(2xCass, Album) Angst, Vasopressin ANGST_33, VS00 Italy 2017 Sell This Version
ZZS017, NSP012 Phurpa - Gyud album art Phurpa Gyud(CD, Album) Zazen Sounds, Nigrum Serpentis ZZS017, NSP012 Greece 2017 Sell This Version
4iB LP/0915/025 Phurpa - Misericordia album art Phurpa + Mare Di Dirac Phurpa + Mare Di Dirac - Misericordia(LP, Album, Ltd, Num) 4iB Records 4iB LP/0915/025 Singapore 2017 Sell This Version
Phurpa - Monad album art Visions (4) & Phurpa Visions (4) & Phurpa - Monad (Album) Cyclic Law Germany 2018 Sell This Version
OECD 263 Phurpa - Live at XIV Congresso Post Industriale album art Phurpa Live at XIV Congresso Post Industriale(CD, Album) Old Europa Cafe OECD 263 Italy 2018 Sell This Version