For Tibet with Love

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Sydney Sacred Music Festival + Riverside Big Notes

For Tibet with Love

Venue Lennox Theatre
Dates 08 September 2013

Featuring Tenzin Choegyal and Friends

A cross cultural music performance led by world renown Tibetan musician


Tenzin Choegyal’s voice and musical talents are unique and mesmerizing. Tenzin draws on his traditional Tibetan roots to create original compositions which express his devotion to his cultural heritage. Recently at a USconcert, a listener described hearing Tenzin Choegyal sing live as ‘heaven on earth’. His voice and music however are only part of his story. Tenzin was born in Tibet, escaped to Nepaland was raised in exile in Dharamsala, India. As a child, Tenzin would listen to his mother singing in the nomadic style of Tibetand he attributes much of his passion for that genre to her early influence. An outstanding vocalist, he is a master of traditional instruments such as the dranyen (long-necked lute) and lingbu (transverse bamboo flute). In this special concert, Tenzin will play flute offerings, chant Buddhist mantras, and sing songs inspired by his nomad heritage.

Tenzin Choegyal’s performance is part of the ALL DAY activities of the SACRED MUSIC FESTIVAL which includes visual arts, food, workshops and a traditional Buddhist tea ceremony. For further details visit

Dates & Times:
5:00pm, Sunday 8th September 2013

Adult $32, Conc. $27, Youth 30&U $23*
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Tenzin Choegyal 
Tibetan singer songwriter Tenzin Choegyal draws on his traditional Tibetan roots to create original compositions which uniquely express his musical lineage. Tenzin was born to a nomadic family in Tibet, escaped the Chinese occupation and was raised in a Tibetan refugee community in Dharamsala, India. There, where His Holiness the Dalai Lama actively encourages his people to preserve their culture, Tenzin first began to explore his musical talents. Tenzin feels a particular connection to the music of the wandering people of his homeland. He recalls his father’s mastery of the lingbu (bamboo flute) and his mother’s beautiful singing, and attributes much of his passion to those early influences.

Tenzin’s award winning songs have found a place in the complex tapestry of global sounds while collaboration with numerous Australian and international performers have allowed him to experiment with rhythm and structure and challenge traditional Tibetan musical norms. Tenzin’s cantering rhythms, soaring vocals and exquisite flute solos have enchanted audiences around the globe, with his most recent appearances being at WOMAD in New Zealand and alongside Philip Glass at the 2013 Tibet House Concert in New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Kirsten Williams
Kirsten Williams began playing violin at age four and had completed her Performers Diploma by age 18, studying with Alice Waten, at the NSW Conservatorium. She continued as a postgraduate with Igor Ozim in Switzerland. She has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras in Australia and overseas, including performances of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons on a tour of Europe with the Orchestre de Chambre de Neuchâtel, and as a prizewinner with the Bern Symphony Orchestra. She gave the Australian premiere of Nigel Butterley’s Violin Concerto, performed Arvo Pärt’s Fratres with John Harding and the Sydney Symphony. She has also been a soloist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra as well as the Australian Chamber Orchestra for their tour of China.

Kirsten Williams has played in the opera house orchestra at Covent Garden, and the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields. On her return to Australia she performed at the Melbourne and Mittagong Festivals and Edith Cowan University in Perth and is a regular featured artist in the Sydney Chamber Music Festival. She is also a regular on ABC Live broadcasts. She has been guest concertmaster for the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, and held the position of Associate Leader of the ACO. She was the director and conductor of Camerata, the Australian Youth Orchestra’s chamber orchestra, on a tour of the USA and Canada. Kirsten Williams is in a duo with harpist Jane Rosenson. They have recorded two CDs and have an overseas tour pending. She has recently formed a new chamber group, Sound Academy, with Celia Craig, oboe and cor anglais player, and the SSO’s principal cellist Timothy Walden.

Maharishi Raval
Maharshi is a tabla player from Ahmedabad shows promising talent. Maharshi has been learning music for the last 25 years at Saptak School of Music in Ahmedabad. He has travelled extensively to various parts of the world as an accompanist to Indian Classical vocalists and instrumentalists. He also performed at concerts with Pt. Kishan Maharaj, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Pt. Rajan-Sajan Mishra, Late Ustad Allarakha Khan, Pt. Ronu Majumdar, Pt. Ajay Pohankar, etc as the audience! He conducted and directed the tabla recital of 100 students aged between 4 to 14 yrs on the occasion of Indian Heritage Day, Maharshi has formed a group GANESHA, who have performed under the SurAurSaaz. Performed in X-Factor with India Rose on Channel 7 and Good News Week with Sarangan on Channel 10 on Australian National Television.


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Youth 30&U $23

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