Before Buddhism reached Tibet, practices involving shamanic rites derived from various ancestral cults became known as Bon. Phurpa, led by contemporary artist Alexei Tegin, is a Moscow based group in this tradition. This Tibetan monastic choir uses a specific kind of overtone chanting which is based on the principle of the singer's transmogrification during the "chanting meditation".
Phurpa is a roving monastic choir that espouses a rogue form of Bön, the shamanistic spirituality of pre-Buddhist Tibet. The ensuing tale is a captivating journey shrouded in Himalayan mysticism; from the shadow of the Kremlin to the pyramids of Egypt and further on into the vast emptiness beyond.