“Music is like drifting clouds that fly freely over the man-made geographical borders in this infinite space of possibilities.”
- Tenzin Choegyal
Heart Strings is a biography through song, reflecting Tenzin Choegyal’s musical influences and collaborations across the continents. From songs recorded with children from the Tibetan Children’s Village where he grew up, to sophisticated arrangements with Western Classical String Ensemble and masters of Indian classical music, with Heart Strings Tenzin breaks new ground while keeping his Tibetan roots.
For more information, please visit: www.tenzinchoegyal.com
Heart Strings is available through Perfect Potion stores and online at EthnoSuperLounge.
I have also made a small film clip to accompany the title song ‘Heart Strings’ which features Tibetan children in exile. Heart Strings in Tibetan is ‘Nying Thik’ which means Lineage Holders. I’m sure you will agree with me that children are the future stars of our planet. I would like to thank you for purchasing this album and I hope you enjoy it.
Please note that track 11 is 40 seconds of silence followed by track 12 which is my version of the Tibetan national anthem. I have included those two tracks to honour the Tibetans who have passed away in their struggle for Tibet. Those two tracks are not listed on the track listing.
Many thanks to Perfect Potion for making this CD possible.
“May you know all the sounds as your own sound,
May you know all the lights as your own light.
May you attain the realms of the three kayas.”
Love and Regards
Tenzin Choegyal had a few concerts in NYC
Please click the flyers for details
“Tibet: Awakened Heart
” is an offering of Tibetan mantras and devotional songs, both ancient and contemporary. Mantras are intent-infused energy-based sounds that produce vibrations in the Universe, vibrations that affect our body, speech and mind in profound ways. Revered as a powerful tool for meditation, mantras can be found in the repertoire of the Tibetan nomads as they pay homage to the protector deities, their families and gurus.
Composer Tenzin Choegyal contemplates his spiritual heritage and collaborates with Bansuri Master, Taro Terahara to create an album about happiness, contemplation, creativity and homage.
Available online at ethnosuperlounge.com
Rollicking Tibetan folk, afro-reggae guitar grooves and intricate Indian tabla… Sounds as if they were made for each other! Together, Tenzin Choegyal
, Marcello Milani
and Shen Flindell
create a new joyful sound that transcends cultural boundaries.
“This is a combination of Africa, India and Tibet, that, for all its unlikeliness, has resulted in a musical masterpiece.” (Mike Raine)
Tibet2Timbuk2 has an eclectic repertoire resulting in an overall sound which is full and organic. All three musicians share melody, harmony, bass and percussion roles to create a solid yet easy groove.
Their debut CD Music is Life includes 2008 QSong BEMAC World Music Award winning piece, Crane Song, featuring internationally renowned bansuri player Taro Terahara. In Oct 2009, Daway Wola won “Best Fusion” in the Music Tibet Awards in Dharamsala.
Jazz trumpeter Peter Hunt contributes to several tracks and the CD finale Music Is Life/Menfanh features the West African singing and kora of special guest Lansana Camara from Guinea.
From the joyous to the meditative, come on a journey from Tibet to Timbuktu.
By Rick Heritage, presenter/producer on 4EB & 4ZzZ of two of the only Brisbane based world music radio programs.
Tenzin Choegyal –‘Heart Sutra’, ‘often in my dreams’.
‘Heart Sutra- often in my dreams’ is his fourth release, and four years on from the previous CD ‘Big Happiness’ (2000), expands further his connection to the folk songs and music of the nomadic peoples of his homeland and the continuing experiences of his fellow exiled Tibetans across the diaspora. Sold out by day 4, this album was the most sought after memento by festival goers at last year’s Woodford Folk Festival shop.
With Tenzin’s exquisite cover artwork, the CD ’Heart Sutra’ is the resultant heartfelt journey of the many musical experiences of the festival appearances of which he is in great demand and also a pointer to the tapestry of collaborative projects that he has recently been part of, like Trikaya (with James Coates, Riley Lee & Michael Askill), 2 Horsemen (with Bayaan Bhaatarsukh) & Terika (with River Petein & Katherine Philip).
Of the thirteen tracks, the gems most played by this ardent supporter start with ‘Olo Chung Chung’ , the love for a little boy and his hoped for bright future recorded live October ’05 at the Brisbane Powerhouse with the trio Terika as part of the third Dis-Orientation Concert series.
The transcendental over pinning of glorious flute from the plains of the roof of world the Lingbu (transverse bamboo flute), on ’Thank You India’, with programming & atmospherics from Taane Matteson, stands out as a instrumental hymn of gratitude to the people of India for the sanctuary they have given to Tibetans since 1959.The bone-tingling opening and title cut ‘Heart Sutra’ reminds us, if we ever needed reminding, of his powerful, and other-worldly sweeping voice accompanied by his instrument of choice, the Dranyen (Tibetan folk six-stringed long-necked lute) .Look out for a mini album later this year with Gold Coast resident Mongolian throat-singer and morin-huur(horse-head fiddle) master, Bayaan Bhaartasukh.
“Heart Sutra” is now available from ethnosuperlounge.com
is a double album of Tibetan Acoustic and Electronic-influenced music, by Terika
, an Australian based world music / jazz fusion trio which combines Tibetan folk, smoky saxophone and mellow cello to create a truly unique toe tapping mystical musical experience.
Terika features the creative talents of River Petein on saxophones, Katherine Philp on cello and Tenzin Choegyal who plays traditional Tibetan instruments and provides the soaring vocals. Their musical mastery is matched by their passion for sensitive collaboration, merging the ancient and modern, east and west, secular and religious.
The result is an intriguing musical tapestry, rich in its rhythm, melody and meaning.
Guest artists on electronica :
: Taro Terahara (bansuri) 2, 4
: John Malcolm (guitar) 6
: Ramtha (spoken word) 6
Terika’s CD is now exclusively available for mail order or download through EthnoSuperLounge, where you can also listen to track samples.
olo chung chung
Rollicking Tibetan folk, afro-reggae guitar grooves and intricate Indian tabla sound as if they were made for each other! Together, Tenzin Choegyal, Marcello Milani and Shen Flindell create a new joyful sound that transcends cultural boundaries.
Tibet2Timbuk2 has an eclectic repertoire resulting in an overall sound which is full and organic. All three musicians share melody, harmony, bass and percussion roles to create a solid yet easy groove. From the joyous to the meditative, come on a journey from Tibet to Timbuktu.
Tibet2Timbuk2’s album “Music is Life” (2008) is available for mail order or download from EthnoSuperLounge.