The “Latin Guitar World Fusion” band Incendio played last weekend in a great free outdoor concert at Gardens of the World. There wasn’t much information available, and the local ads listed the band’s style as “latin fusion”, which didn’t really motivate me to go. But the day of the show I was listening to Al Di Miola, and realized that the his music could be described that way, so let’s give it a try.

The music was a nice blend of a bunch of styles, with no one of them overpowering the others. The sound was great (and even mixed well) and they’re playing was excellent. Give them a try if you get the chance. I’ll be picking up a CD soon.

For more, check out Incendio’s website and MySpace page. Both have music streams.


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China Bans Reincarnation in Tibet

The entire story is quoted below because it’s short and news links tend to go away after a couple of weeks. Google the headline to get source links — lots of them will show up (over 1000 as of this writing).

Published: Aug. 3, 2007 at 7:26 PM

BEIJING, Aug. 3 (UPI) — China’s communist leaders have forbidden reincarnation without government permission in largely Buddhist Tibet.

The reincarnation ban is part of a 14-part regulation issued by the Chinese government in an attempt to limit the influence of the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan religious leader, the Times of London reported Friday.

The People’s Republic of China invaded Tibet in 1950 and has attempted to consolidate its control of it since, designating it an autonomous region.

Since the 12th century, Tibetan Buddhists have believed that reincarnated important religious leaders, known as tulkus, can be identified in young boys.

Because tulkus have a large influence in the Himalayan region, the Chinese government has frequently sought to control the process of identifying the boys.

The new regulations, which go into effect September 1, 2007, will make it illegal to identify the child reincarnation of the Dalai Lama without the approval of Chinese authorities.

China bans reincarnation

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