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In 2014 Jigme Drukpa, a Bhutanese traditional musician, and his European singer- songwriter colleague Paul Cowlan, went on a one-month tour through Bhutan’s villages. They followed the footsteps of historical local travellers within the traditional gnas po network that used to span over the kingdom and beyond. They performed for their hosts and the village community, told stories about their journey and lives, and thus imparted on their audience that music is indeed a cross-cultural bonding agent, combined with the unique local hospitality setting and the sharing of food and drink. This project seeked to raise awareness of the potential and strength of local traditions wisdom for truly fostering social relations.
Musical journey through Switzerland…
In spring 2017 the idea of the wandering and storytelling musician revived and continued as Jigme Drukpa visited Switzerland while studying in Norway. A musical journey with several concerts, designed and accompanied by Bhutan Network Switzerland, took Jigme Drukpa across Switzerland: From Scuol in the Engadine to the Bernese Alps (Schweibenalp), Vaud Alps (Les Fers in Leysin), Lausanne and finally to Geneva. During one week he gave insights into the spiritual and poetical musical landscape of Bhutan. Moreover, he shared many stories from his homeland and performed different traditional instruments.
…Austria & Bavaria
Im summer 2018 the project was complemented by three concerts in the Austrian Alps in Pinzgau at Roswitha Huber’s farm (Schule am Berg), Svea’s Allerlei in Bad Aibling in Bavaria and in Munich at Maite Baumann’s travel agency (ETC Reisen).