RAGA SHAMBHALA – Bridging the Himalayas
12th December 2019
For centuries, the traditional mountain songs of Tibetan nomads have resonated across Tibet’s wide pasturelands and surrounding snow-covered peaks.
Brisbane-based Tibetan singer-songwriter Tenzin Choegyal feels a particular connection to the music of the wandering people of his homeland.
Now a well-established artist, composer, activist and cultural ambassador, and master of the lingbu (bamboo flute) and the dranyen (Tibetan lute), Tenzin proudly continues this unbroken nomadic lineage.
Tenzin Choegyal will make a brief visit to Victoria in January accompanied by fellow artists from Japan, Taro Terahara and Ayako Ikeda. Taro is an accomplished bansuri master and Ayako is an outstanding performer on Indian tabla. Both are leaders in the thriving and highly competitive Indian classical music scene in Japan.
In his teens Taro was drawn to the music of India, having “heard the voice of the bansuri calling” and decided to devote himself entirely to the practice of Indian classical music. Likewise, Ayako played percussion from an early age and studied tabla under several Indian masters. They both perform regularly throughout Japan and have accompanied Indian, Tibetan and Afghan musicians both on stage and in the studio.
Drawing on such rich musical traditions, Tenzin, Taro and Ayako come together to share the music and stories of these ancient cultures. They perform soaring, nomadic-style melodies, thoughtful flute pieces, Buddhist mantras and playful folk tunes that reflect the experiences of the Tibetan people and invoke the vastness of space and the beauty of the high Tibetan plateau.
This is a rare opportunity to spend time with these world-renowned musicians, share their music and find out more about this intriguing part of the world.
Sat. January 11th, 7pm, Senior Citizens Centre, Whelan St, Apollo Bay
BYO drinks, supper available at interval.
More information: Jane (03) 5237 6335