Dechen Shak-Dagsay and Richard Gere
What a wonderful personality! I had the chance to meet
Richard Gere this morning in Zürich as he was here for the 8th Zurich Film Festival to promote his movie "Arbitrage" with Susan Sarandon and to pick up the "Golden Icon Award 2012". I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to speak to Richard and to express my thanks for his untiring support for Tibet and the preservation of our culture. He was happy to hear about all our social engagements in Tibet and encouraged me to continue this important social work through my music. Therefore I was honored to present Richard my current album "JEWEL" produced by Helge van Dyk. I am happy to feel his kindness and his keen interest. Yours Dechen
Meeting the Tibetan Monks from Drepung Gomang Monastery
It was an honour for me to meet the Tibetan monks from Drepung Gomang Monastery from South India who opened the Benefice Concert of Philipp Glass at Carnegie Hall in New York with their impressive Prayer. Everyone in the hall was totally taken by this powerful blessing. The JEWEL Ensemble and the monks waiting for their performance in the backstage area.
Meeting the famous GRAND LADY Laurie Anderson in New York
Right after the show, sharing the backstage area at Carnegie Hall with the GRAND LADY Laurie Anderson where she said to me: "Thank you for your singing, it was absolutely beautiful!" One of the reasons why she loved our performance was surely her special interest for Tibetan Buddhism. Meeting great artists like Laurie is one of the great privileges when you are in the line up of Philip Glass!
Enjoy her facebook and website!
BERNINA Sewing Machines have arrived at TCV in Dharamsala
I am very happy about this great news from the General Secretary of the Tibetan Children Village in Dharamsala in India. Last October I got contacted by BERNINA Switzerland, that they would like to donate 15 of their older models for my DEWA CHE Foundation. We sent 10 of them to TCV in India and 5 of the to Tibet where we had started a Tailoring School in 2010. They all arrived and the students in India even had the chance to get a 2 day training course from Mr. Sabir one of the BERNINA staff in Delhi. My music is touching a lot of people all over the places. It makes me very happy that my music was also heard by the CEO of BERNINA Mr. Claude Dreyer who spontaneously felt he wanted to contribute to our social projects. As you can see from the letter of the General Secretary, these machines will give the students immense help to improve their sewing skills.
The attached photo shows me with Hanspeter Ueltschi, the owner of BERNINA at their opening of their new Flagship Store in Zurich in last October.
The letter from the General Secretary of TCV, Mr. Thupten Dorjee:
Dear Dechen la,As informed earlier, the 10 sewing machines have been received by our Handicraft Training Centre- Tailoring Unit. We are happy to let you know that L.N. Enterprises Mr. Ajay Gupta deputed Mr. Sabir from Delhi to come to Dharamsala to train our student trainees in the use of these machines from 8th to 10th of March. He was of course very helpful in training our students and the instructors as well. I am sending here in the attachment some photographs of the machines being unpacked and the trainings on-going. I must say the trainees were very delighted with these machines and will be of immense help to them in giving different types of stitches.With best wishes,Yours sincerely,Thupten DorjeeGeneral Secretary
Happily back from New York!
Dear friends, we are back from New York. It was an overwhelming performance for me and my JEWEL Ensemble at the Annual Tibet House Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall. When Lou Reed told me after the rehearsal ...Your music is so exquisite and you are at the right place to sing... I was totally speechless. Also Philip Glass love our music and he said:.. Dechen la your music is great and you such a good orchestra. You should give a full concert of yours New York, I knew that he really loved it. Thanks to my Producer Helge van Dyk and my musicians Dieter Dyk, Jürg Zurmühle and Daniel Pezzotti we brought some magic into Carnegie Hall. Thank you all for having thought of us on Monday evening. Love, Dechen