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Glastonbury is a well-known for it's hippy vibe,but this year will the first time Dalai Lama's Tibetan monks have taken to the stage.
The Gyuto monks of Tibet,who are exiled with Dalai Lama in North India,will perform their chants in Glastonbury's green fields,a 60acre space where festival goers can "participate in new and old ways of living.
The monk's Glastonbury debut follows their recent global record deal with Universal's Decca records,which all proceeds made from their forthcoming album Chants:The spirit of Tibet will go to the monks's monastery in Dharamsala,North India.
One of the oldest monks to perform is Lobsang Tsering,a 78 year old exile,who followed the Dalai Lama to north India when the Chinese invaded Tibet in 1959.The monks previously performed in the UK four decades ago when they sold -out the Royal Albert Hall in 1973.
The Gyuto monks were nominated  for a Grammy Award in the best traditional world music category in 2011 for their album Pure Sounds.
Their appearance at Glastonbury marks an increased interest in religious music,following the launch of the official UK Christian and Gospel album chart in March.


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Gyuto's monks are known for their tradition of overtone singing, also described as "chordal chanting".
 Trained over many years, each monk has the capacity to chant in three octaves at once.
 The sound has been compared to the resonance of a drum or digeridoo and is reputed to have a transformative effect on the physical as well as emotional body.
A fascinating aspect of the Gyuto Monks' sound is that it is not personality based, or dependent on individual voices for its impact. There is a Jangden Chenmo (Great Chantmaster), but others also perform the role.
The ancient harmonic chanting of the Gyuto Monks is a deep recitation of the Buddha's teachings, which form a secret and mysterious pathway to tantric transformation. This is a musical system intentionally designed to alter your consciousness towards an illuminated and enlightened state.
In June 2013, The Gyuto Monks of Tibet announced their signing to Universal Music, the world’s biggest record company. Their forthcoming album, ‘Chants: The Spirit of Tibet’, will be produced by Youth, the bassist for the post-punk rock band Killing Joke, whose production and remix credits include Primal Scream, U2, Paul McCartney, Depeche Mode and The Verve.
 It would be awesome if it hits the Top Charts. Many people Buddhists or non-Buddhists will definitely benefit from the energy of the music.