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Paul Horn: Tibet: Journey to the Roof of the World

Tibet: Journey to the Roof of the World is a fascinating chronicle of wind instrumentalist Paul Horn’s three-and-a-half week trek through Tibet, and a soundtrack to the PBS documentary Journey Inside Tibet. Horn, an accomplished saxophonist and flutist and one of the forebearers of world music in his own right, invites listeners to immerse themselves in the culture and history of the region by placing himself in monasteries, on rooftops and in other inspirational places. The results are often striking: the flute solo “Morning Song” is reflective and stark, and “Reflections of Kathmandu” is mysterious, soaring and hypnotic. Horn’s flute snakes gracefully above monotone monastery chants to appealing effect during “Jokhang Ceremony,” and pipes a hollow dance as workers pound sticklike staffs and sing “Roof People Work Song.” The majestic feeling of a truly cavernous space is created through the ringing chimes of “Great Happiness,” and a fluttery, joyful ensemble creates an inspirational theme as “The Journey Ends.” Horn finds unique inspiration at every turn during the journey, and his awe and joy are portrayed with honesty and grace throughout this unique musical diary.

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