Join us for an evening of environment themed music and poetry from Tibet featuring Grammy award nominated artist Tenzin Choegyal.
“Our ancestors viewed the earth as rich and bountiful, which it is, but what’s more it is our only home. We must protect it not only for ourselves, but also for future generations, and for the countless species with which we share the planet.” – His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
“If the roof leaks what would we do? – this is not just a question for a single individual or an entire nation. This is a question for humanity. Our world is our home, and it is vital to take an active role in protecting our planet, including the Tibetan plateau – the Roof of the World.“ – Tenzin Choegyal
After spending a week in Glasgow at COP26 and kicking off proceedings there with the Pathway to Paris concert with Patti Smith, Tibetan singer, composer and activist Tenzin Choegyal performs in London for the first time ever, bringing his own messages of environmentalism and unique Tibetan sounds to us.
Born to a family of nomads, Tenzin Choegyal was forced into exile in India as his family fled from repression in Tibet. As a child, he would listen to his mother singing in the nomadic style and attributes much of his passion for that genre to her early influence. Known for his soaring vocals and circling rhythms, Tenzin channels the wisdom and traditions of his ancestors through his songs. Based in Brisbane, Australia, Tenzin has forged a successful international career as a musician, playing at such prestigious events as WOMAD Australia, as well as several concerts for Tibet House US at Carnegie Hall, New York.
Tenzin has collaborated with musicians from diverse cultures, traditions, and genres, from classical western (chamber orchestra Camerata of St John’s), to contemporary (Philip Glass), to ancient traditional (didgeridoo master William Barton). Tenzin has six independent album releases and recently collaborated with Philip Glass on the score for the film ‘The Last Dalai Lama?’. In 2021, Tenzin was nominated for a Grammy award along with Laurie Anderson and Jesse Paris Smith for the album “Songs from the Bardo” – a moving interpretation of the Tibetan Book of the Dead.
Jointly hosted by Tibet Relief Fund and the Tibetan Community in Britain, this evening at the October Gallery will be an opportunity to hear Tenzin Choegyal’s music in an intimate setting, as well as readings of environment themed poetry from Tibet by members of the UK’s Tibetan Writers Group.
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*There is limited seating available, so please book in advance as we will not be selling tickets at the door.*