Tibetan composer, activist, musical director and cultural ambassador
Tibetan composer, activist, musical director and cultural ambassador, Tenzin Choegyal is one of a handful of artists keeping Tibet’s music alive in the freedom of exile.
Born to a family of Tibetan nomads, Tenzin was forced into exile in India as his family fled Chinese repression in Tibet. Tenzin channels the wisdom and traditions of his ancestors through his songs. As a child, he listened to his mother’s nomadic songs as she went about her work and attributes much of his passion for music to those early influences.
Well known for soaring vocals and circling rhythms in his much loved solo performances, Tenzin is also a keen collaborator with musicians from diverse cultures, traditions and genres, embracing opportunities to take his music into uncharted territory both in the studio and on stage.
Tenzin has produced five independent albums along with numerous collaborative works. His most recent releases include Apo Gaga with his band Tibet2 Timbuk2 (2019), Songs from the Bardo with Laurie Anderson and Jesse Paris Smith (2020), the original film score for The Last Dalai Lama? with Philip Glass (2020) and Peradam with Patti Smith (2020).