Despite a strong cultural identity, the compositions on UNIVERSAL LOVE do not necessarily reflect Nawang Khechog's Tibetan heritage. Instead, this composer/performer embraces music from many cultures and continents including Africa, Australia, and North America.
This, however, is not to say that Khechog's Asian roots are absent or obscured on UNIVERSAL LOVE. Indeed, his flute playing often recalls the ancient folk melodies of his homeland; the stark "Quiet Minds" and the effervescent "Cutting Through the Ocean of Ego" both center on Asian pentatonic modalities. The title track and, especially, "Last Stand of the Wild Things" were inspired by Australian aboriginal music. On these selections, a low-pitched, almost moaning didgeridoo becomes the focus. This is supported by a variety of ethnic instruments, which span the globe. Whether it's the entrancing percussion and keyboard effects of "Universal Dance of Kindness" or the ecstatic tribal horns of "Four Immeasurable Kindnesses," all of the music on this release resonates deeply. Moreover, Khechog's theme of unconditional love makes each of these nine tracks beam with positive, healing energy.