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Winner Best Music Award: “Deep Into Shambhala”, 8th China Academy Awards for Documentary Films

I couldn’t think of a better way to start this year, I just received the news that ‘Deep Into Shambhala‘ has won the Best Music Award at the 8th China Academy Awards for Documentary Film (CAADF) in Beijing.

I’m humbled and honored to be working with Yan Dazhong who did such an excellent job directing and envisioning this beautiful film –  it was a pleasure to write music for his creation. I’m beyond grateful to this unique gang of musicians and friends who made it possible: Robbie Angelucci, Ian Gittler, Alessio Lottero, Hamilton Berry, Masa Shimizu, Pino Annarella, Bisan Toron, David Darlington and Antonio Baglio.

The China Academy Awards for Documentary Film (CAADF) is one of the most prestigious awards in the Chinese documentary film industry and was established in 2011 to celebrate 100 years of Chinese documentary film making.

CAADF is supervised by SARFT, and hosted by China Documentary Research Centre (CRDC) of Communication University of China (CUC). First launched in 2011, CAADF is known as “The Oscars of China Documentary” due to its rigorous academic integrity, professional standards and international perspective.

On scoring “Deep Into Shambhala”


So honored to have teamed up with visionary director Yan Dazhong for the birth of “Deep Into Shambhala“, the TV series airing this week in China on CCTV (China Central Television).  Enjoy the opening of the episodes above!

It has been an immense pleasure to write music for this massive, incredible story-telling dream of a journey: 68,200 miles and over 270 days in the making. Thx Yimei Wong for your intuition, thanks Anna Kang, thanks to all the great world-class musicians that gave their magic touch: Robbie AngelucciIan GittlerAlessio Lottero, Hamilton Berry, Masaharu ShimizuDavid DarlingtonAntonio Baglio.

“Deep Into Shambhala” has already been incredibly well-received in China, here’s an article from CGTN (China Global Television Network):

CCTV documentary “Deep into Shambhala” garners high praise

Some people are saying every frame in China’s new sweeping documentary focusing on a Tibetan region in a Chinese province “is art”. The documentary, called “Deep into Shambala,” focuses on the humanity and the geography of a Tibetan region in southwest China’s Sichuan Province. 

In a five-episode series broadcasting from Monday to Friday, the show records the daily lives and emotional worlds of people living in the Tibetan area throughout the year.

The stories not only reflect the relationship between human and nature, but among different ethnic groups and people of different ages, education, jobs, and faith.

“It was breathtaking masterpiece; Shambhala really is the pure land,” said a Chinese netizen. Praise abounds not only for the stunning cinematography, but also for the theme music composed by the Italian musician Simone Giuliani.

The success of “Deep into Shambala” is well earned, as the documentary crew had to overcome altitude sickness, hostile weather, and other elements of the harsh highlands and mountains since they began filming in 2017.

The entire trip was over 110,000 kilometers (about 68,200 miles), and the shooting lasted over 270 days.

The popularity of the show may boost tourism to the area.

However, located in Ganzi, an autonomous Chinese prefecture on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, traveling to Shambhala is not easy.