Phurpa FIMAV, Victoriaville QC, May 20

Phurpa FIMAV, Victoriaville QC, May 20
Photo: Martin Morisette
Me: Hmmm. According to the program a Russian guy named Alexey Tegin formed Phurpa after an early stint in industrial music, and he adopts much of their music and ritual from a pre-Buddhist Tibetan tradition called bön.
 
Phurpa: (three cloaked dudes enter stage right)
 
Me: Neat!
 
Phurpa: (adjust Britney Spears-type microphones beneath their cloaks)
 
Me: Hmm.
 
Phurpa: (incense burning ceremony followed by very low throat drones)
 
Me: Okay, neat again.
 
Phurpa: Very low throat drone. Very low throat drone. Very low throat drone. Very low throat drone. Very low throat drone. Very low throat drone. Very low throat drone. Very low throat drone.
 
Me: This is going on for quite a while.
 
Phurpa: (two members start playing long traditional-looking pipes)
 
Me: They aren't especially good at playing those.
 
Phurpa: (resuming low throat drone) Very low throat drone. Very low throat drone. Very low throat drone. Very low throat drone. Very low throat drone. Very low throat drone. Very low throat drone. Very low throat drone. Very low throat drone.
 
Me: Am I supposed to be going into a trance or something?
 
Phurpa: Very low throat drone. Very low throat drone. Very low throat drone. Very low throat drone. Very low throat drone. Very low throat drone.
 
Me: Is this cultural appropriation? It feels a little like it.
 
Phurpa: Very low throat drone. Very low throat drone. Very low throat drone. Very low throat drone. Very low throat drone. Very low throat drone.
 
Me: Well… Let's go see if it's still nice outside.