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William Susman: Fate of the Lhapa

Belarca Records presents the award-winning soundtrack to the film Fate of the Lhapa directed by Sarah Sifers with music composed by William Susman and featuring Joan Jeanrenaud, cello and Tsering Wangmo, vocals.

WINNER 2007 Moondance International Film Festival - Best Film Score for a Feature Length Documentary.

WINNER 2008 Park City Film Music Festival - Best Film Score for a Feature Length Documentary


"...supernatural ...sumptuous touches of resonance ...a higher plane of trance-inducing balminess...this is music that stands alone from the film..."

"...minimalism that is so helps achieve a sense of bittersweet spirituality so prevalent in the film." - Stage and Cinema

“…an atmosphere that amplifies the wonder, beauty and melancholy of the film's story and imagery. .. richly varied in orchestration and mood..." - All Music Guide


Fate of the Lhapa is the award-winning score for the documentary feature of the same name about the last three Tibetan shamans living in a Tibetan refugee camp in Nepal. The score features performances by the renown cellist Joan Jeanrenaud (Kronos Quartet) and Tibetan Vocalist Tsering Wangmo. Sounds of Asian and Western Music merge to set the tone for a spiritual and mystical journey about an ancient healing tradition in danger of extinction.

Each Lhapa requested that their story be filmed. Their fear was that the next heir might not appear until after their own deaths. Subsequently, with no Lhapa alive to mentor the children, the documentary would be used to transmit the knowledge to the next generation. Their tales of nomadic childhoods, shamanic callings and apprenticeships, cosmologies of disease and treatments, and of their flight from Tibet during the Chinese occupation in the late 1950s is juxtaposed with images of present-day life in the camp, current healing practices and shared concerns of the future and the fate of their tradition. - Notes from the Film's director Sarah C. Sifers



Joan Jeanrenaud, cello
Tsering Wangmo, vocals
William Susman, piano and keyboards


Produced by William Susman

Engineered, mixed and mastered by Stephen Hart
Recorded at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA June 19 & 23, 2006

All compositions © 2007 by William Susman


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