The People's King

The People’s King

This recording is not available commercially, but you can listen to the first movement here:


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The People’s King is a musical tribute to Bhutan, its dedicated and compassionate King, its beautiful culture, and wonderful people – all of whom touched me during my residence as a volunteer music teacher in Thimphu in 2009-2010.

This musical offering, commissioned by The Royal Office of Media in celebration of the King’s 30th birthday employs four traditional Bhutanese instruments, piano, and chanting monks, and integrates jazz, classical Western music, and traditional Bhutanese folk music. This multi-movement suite was recorded and delivered to His Majesty, King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck on February 21st, 2010 with excerpts performed before him in July of that same year.

The monks of Dechen Phodrang Monastery in Thimphu were recorded especially for the purpose of this composition, chanting the Amitayus mantra of Limitless Life in dedication to His Majesty’s Birthday.


Noam Lemish – piano

Samten Chopel – Lim

Kencho – pchewang

Songay Thinley – yanchen

Kelzang Phuntso – dramnyen

Monks of Dechen Phodrang Monastery



Sonam Wangmo – sound technician

Neten Dorji – mixing

Choling – editing


Recorded February 19th and 20th, 2010 at BBS National Studios, Thimphu, BHUTAN.