On Saturday August 18, 2018 the Gönpa at Merigar West became the venue for a marvellous concert with world famous composer/pianist and long-standing member of the Dzogchen Community, Roberto Cacciapaglia. The event was open to all and an enthusiastic audience from both the Community and the local villages filled the hall to capacity. Roberto’s unique music and the magical atmosphere of the Gönpa set against the backdrop of a striking sunset over the gently rolling Tuscan hills combined to make this a very special and memorable event.
The concert was organised to raise funds for the long awaited renovation of the Merigar West Gönpa and participation was based on donation. The total amount of 5,700 euro was raised including Roberto’s generous gesture of donating the proceeds of sale of his signed CDs to the Gönpa fund.
The whole event was made possible with the participation of Roberto’s assistants – sound technician Giampiero Dionigi, Claudio Bertini stage and billboards, Fabio Di Marco piano transport, and Luca Gnudi tour manager – as well as Merigar’s general sound technician for the Gönpa, Alessandro di Maio, and numerous volunteers from the Gar all of whom made this one of the highlights of a very busy summer season at Merigar West.
Photos by M. Almici & L. Granger