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Shining Spirit is part of this online film festival - check it out!

Shining Spirit was screened at the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art in New York City in September!

Jamyang Yeshi performing at the Cowichan International Aboriginal Film Festival, 2013 Opening Ceremony (at right)

Shining Spirit - Faces of Tibet
Photo exibition by Mark Unrau
Banff Public Libary Oct - Nov 2012
Don't miss this exhibit of photographs taken in Tibet during the filming of Shining Spirit

Jamyang Yeshi will be performing at the Tibet Fest in August!!
Saturday August 18, 2012
Van Dusen Garden Floral Hall, 5251 Oak St
Vancouver BC

The Tara Cafe Project is pleased to report that we successfully raised all the funds needed to send 21 nomadic children in the Amdo region of Tibet to school in 2012, providing fees, warm clothes and school supplies. Many thanks to all our sponsors and friends!

Thursday, February 2, 3:30-5:00 pm, Michael M. Ames Theatre, MOA (free with regular admission)

This documentary, introduced by Tamar Scoggin, Ph.D Candidate, UBC Anthropology, focuses on a Tibetan musician who immigrates to Canada, and then, using digital technology, makes a traditional Tibetan music album with his family living back in Tibet. Beautifully shot and recorded, the life journeys captured and connected in both Canada and Tibet are poignant, humorous, and heartbreaking. Shining Spirit has won numerous film festival awards and was selected for National Geographic's All Roads Film Project, as well The Foundation for Universal Responsibility of His Holiness the Dalai Lama film festival. The director of the film, Karen McDiarmid, and the protagonist, Jamyang Yeshi, will be in attendance at the screening, and Jamyang Yeshi will also perform traditional Amdo Tibetan music.

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2011 in Sydney, Australia. November 3 - 6
Shining Spirit: The Musical Journey of Jamyang Yeshi, will be screened on opening night of this great new festival in Australia. The Tara Cafe Project is also pleased to be one of the sponsors of this important Tibetan cultural event.

Tibet Festival - Aug 27, Vancouver
Vandusen Botanical Garden 11AM - 7 PM
Jamyang is looking forward to performing at this fund-raising event in Vancouver in August.

Komasket Music Festival - July 29-31
Jamyang is looking forward to travelling to Vernon, B.C. in July to perform at this festival (see poster).

An evening with Jamyang Yeshi - Film and Live Performance. March 6th, St James Hall, Vancouver.
See poster at right for more details >

Great news! On December 13th, SHINING SPIRIT was awarded Third Prize at the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival

We're excited to announce that Shining Spirit has been selected for the National Geographic's "All Roads" Film Festival in Washington, D.C. this fall!
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Shining Spirit has been awarded the Jury Choice Gold Medal for Excellence in the Music Documentary Category, at the Park City Film Music Festival 2010

The Shining Spirit Project had a great time on tour in the States recently, with film screenings & performances in Portland and Hood River, Oregon; Ketchum, Idaho; Aspen, Colorado; and at the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival, Colorado


Film screenings and performances by Jamyang Yeshi at the Vancouver Island Musicfest

Sscreenings at the Tibet Festival Vancouver, and at the Tibet Film Festival in London, England

Shining Spirit: The Musical Journey of Jamyang Yeshi, has been a finalist or screened at the following festivals around the world:

Durango Independent Film Festival 2011 (U.S.A.)
Home Planet Film Festival of New York 2010 - Honourable Mention (U.S.A.)
Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival 2010 - Third Prize (Nepal)
National Geographic "All Roads" Film Festival 2010 (Washington, D.C.)
Banff Mountain Film Festival & World Tour 2009/2010 (Canada)

Fernie Mountain Film Festival 2010 (Canada)
Himalayan Film & Cultural Festival 2010 (U.K.)
Telluride Mountainfilm  2010 (U.S.A.)
Tibet Film Festival 2010 (U.K.)
New Hope Film Festival 2010 (U.S.A.)
Free Spirit Film Festival 2009 (India)
Park City Film Music Festival 2010 (U.S.A.) 
Rainier Independent Film Festival 2010 (U.S.A.)
Monaco Charity Film Festival 2010 (Monaco)
Samui Film Festival 2010 (Thailand)
Free Tibet Film Festival 2010 (Korea)
Sun Valley Spiritual Film Festival 2010 (U.S.A.)

The Karma of Snowland (with Gompo Dhundup, 2006) and Shining Spirit: A Tibetan Family’s Reunion Through Music (2007).  A documentary film featuring Jamyang, and his family in Tibet, was released in September 2009.

Jamyang has performed at the Banff Centre’s Eric Harvie Theatre, in an opening night performance with Gompo Dhundup for the “Cultures at Risk” Summit as well as many other venues in Banff, including the Wildflour Bakery/Café . He has performed at the Roundhouse in Vancouver, B.C.  and in 2008 he was invited to Portland, Oregon, to sing at a Tibetan cultural event.  In May 2009, Jamyang spent a month touring in Hungary at the invitation of the Budapest Shambhala Centre.

Jamyang and friends will be back in the recording studio again later this year to produce a Tibetan/Western fusion CD. And watch for news on screenings of the documentary film, “Shining Spirit,” this fall.

To view the trailer of “Shining Spirit” documentary, click here:

For Jamyang’s full biography, click here

Our new documentary, Shining Spirit: The Musical Journey of Jamyang Yeshi was released in September 2009.

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