"intensely hypnotic and enchanting... a combination of Africa, India and Tibet, that... has resulted in a musical masterpiece... relaxed, yet energising; ambient yet vigorous... something of interest in every bar, and even after having played it many times, I keep finding something new to listen to."
-Mike Raine, Indie-CDs Review
Rollicking Tibetan folk, afro-reggae guitar grooves and intricate Indian tabla sound as if they were made for each other! Together, Tenzin Choegyal, Marcello Milani and Shen Flindell create a new joyful sound that transcends cultural boundaries.
Tibet2Timbuk2 has an eclectic repertoire resulting in an overall sound which is full and organic. All three musicians share melody, harmony, bass and percussion roles to create a solid yet easy groove.
Their debut CD Music is Life includes 2008 QSong BEMAC World Music Award winning piece, Crane Song, featuring internationally renowned bansuri player Taro Terahara.
Jazz trumpeter Peter Hunt contributes to several tracks and the CD finale Music Is Life/Menfanh features the West African singing and kora of special guest Lansana Camara from Guinea.
From the joyous to the meditative, come on a journey from Tibet to Timbuktu.
A portion of proceeds goes to support Tibetan Children's Village in Dharamsala, India. Thanks for your support.
released November 28, 2008
Tenzin Choegyal (vocals, dranyen and flute)
Marcello Milani (vocals, guitar and keyboard)
Shen Flindell (tabla and percussion)
Peter Hunt (trumpet) tracks 5,6 & 7
Lansana Camara (vocal/kora) track 9
Taro Terahara (bansuri) tracks 1,3 & 7
Bronwyn Richards (backing vocals) track 7
We would like to thank our families for their support and for still loving us even though we got home at ridiculous hours too many times. Paola, Isabella, Bronny, Tashi and Pemma – thank you! Deep respect to Shen’s tabla guru-jis, Debu Bhattacharya and the late Pandit Kaviraj Ashutosh Bhattacharya and many thanks to all our friends.
Thanks also to the Perfect Potion who got behind the project from the beginning (Sal Battaglia & Carolyn Stubbin), Joe Malone (JLM Audio), Terika, Peter Hunt, Lansana Camara and Taro Terahara.
Special thanks to Karma Phuntsok for the original artwork and Sharon Wood for all her hard work.
Recorded at Studio45 (2007-08)
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Marcello Milani at Studio VoxBox
Artwork by Karma Phuntsok (www.karmaart.com
Photographs by Carolyn Stubbin
Graphic Design by Choice Creative