Nancy Hennings

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Nancy Hennings is a musician who teamed up with Henry Wolff to make the album Tibetan Bells in 1971,[1][2] one of the pioneering LPs of new-age music. In 1982, with the assistance of Wolff and Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, she produced the mysterious sounding Yamantaka.[3][4] She also contributed to the other Tibetan Bells albums Tibetan Bells II,[5] Tibetan Bells III[6] and The Bells of Sha'ng Shu'ng.

The Tibetan Bells albums should not be confused with ethnic Tibetan music. They are new age-style Western compositions that use the Tibetan instruments. Authentic Tibetan music has a quite different sound, using other instruments besides the metallophones. However, the beauty of the Tibetan Bells albums is exquisite, and the sounds other-worldly. If it was not stated outright that only acoustic instruments were used, your ears would trick you into thinking some of it was synthesized (electronic elements do appear on The Bells of Sha'ng Shu'ng, making it a far less successful record). In 1971, when the first album appeared, this was even more true than it is 35 years later.


  1. ^ McConnachie, James; (Firm), Rough Guides (2000). World music: the rough guide. Rough Guides. pp. 258–. ISBN 978-1-85828-636-5. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Sonic blooms". Village Voice. March 28, 1974. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Schaefer, John (1987-05-27). New sounds: a listener's guide to new music. Harper & Row. ISBN 978-0-06-055054-7. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Trager, Oliver (1997-12-04). The American book of the Dead: the definitive Grateful Dead encyclopedia. Simon and Schuster. pp. 411–. ISBN 978-0-684-81402-5. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  5. ^ Das, Ramana (January 1985). "Visionary Music for These Times of Transition". Yoga Journal. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  6. ^ Schwann spectrum. ABC Consumer Magazines. 1991. p. 416.