The Rubin Tenzin Choegyal
Tenzin Choegyal’s international award-winning music has been described as “beautifully evocative,” “healing,” “mesmerizing,” “spine-tingling,” and “transcendent.” His music reflects his nomadic roots and his love for his homeland. His cantering rhythms, soaring vocals and exquisite flute solos have enchanted audiences around the globe. In this concert, "For Tibet with Love," he will sing his original compositions and perform on dranyen (lute) and lingbu (flute), accompanied by tabla master Nhucche Narayan and guitarist Zack Glass. Tenzin Choegyal is appearing at the Rubin Museum as part of his current tour of the Northeast to promote a greater appreciation of Tibet and Tibetan culture.
Tenzin Choegyal draws on his traditional Tibetan roots to create original compositions that express his cultural lineage.
He was born to a nomadic family in southwestern Tibet but escaped into Nepal and was raised in the Tibetan refugee community in Dharamsala, India. It was there, in an atmosphere that actively fostered the preservation of Tibetan culture through language, religion and arts, that Tenzin first began to explore his musical talents.
Over the last two decades, collaboration with numerous Australian and international performers has allowed Tenzin room to experiment with rhythm and structure and to challenge traditional Tibetan musical norms. His award-winning songs have found a place in the complex tapestry of global music
Tenzin feels a particular connection to the music of his homeland. He recalls his father’s mastery of the lingbu (transverse bamboo flute) and his mother’s beautiful singing voice and attributes much of his passion to those early influences. Tenzin’s cantering rhythms, soaring vocals, and exquisite flute solos have enchanted audiences around the globe. He regularly tours internationally in the United States, Japan, New Caledonia, India, and New Zealand and has touched the lives of thousands of people with his music and concern for his fellow human beings. Tenzin is the founder, organizer, and creative force behind the Brisbane Festival of Tibet.
Tenzin was last heard in New York at Carnegie Hall in 2011 performing alongside Philip Glass, Angelique Kidjo, Taj Mahal, James McCartney, Patti Smith, Michael Stipe, Jesse Smith, and Michael Campbell.
Nhuchhe Narayan learned to play various Nepalese musical instruments from his father while they played together during Hindu prayer ceremonies almost every night. Perfecting his art mostly in Newari percussion, he has played with many popular singers in Nepal.
Growing up in New York’s Lower East Side and coming from an artistic family, Zack Glass was exposed to a wide variety of music from an early age. By the time he turned 13, he had taken up piano and electric guitar and was beginning to write his own songs. Listening to classic rock and punk music at a young age, his taste changed when he started going through his parent’s record collection and discovered an array of music including Reggae and African. After high school Zack had the opportunity to travel to West Africa and Latin America several times which greatly influenced his music and led him to play guitar for Reggae and African bands as well as accompanying a steel pan player from time to time. He started his own reggae band and was writing and singing his own songs, but by the end of the 90's he started to see the limitations of Reggae and began to explore world music. Soon after, his band broke up and he started his solo career. Since then, Zack has explored almost every style of popular music most recently being influenced by folk, country and classic rhythm and blues. Zack has now come full circle; returning to the blues based music he grew up on. Zack’s first album, Days of Innocence, was recorded in Brazil where he lived from 2003-2006. He currently spends half his time in Brazil, where he performs and records and half his time in New York where he does the same. He has recently released his 2nd CD Southern Skies which was picked up by an independent label.