In celebration of our 35th anniversary, Tibet House US is planning a global virtual concert featuring exclusively Tibetan artists from across all musical genres to be broadcast online from July 7-13, 2022. In alignment with our mission to spotlight the culture and art of Tibetan people, this concert will highlight the rich diversity of Tibetan musical expression and showcase a vibrant range of traditional and contemporary music. To our knowledge, this is the first ever virtual music festival to feature exclusively Tibetan musicians and we are excited to share the incredible talent and creativity of these artists.

Lhakar translates to “white Wednesday” in Tibetan and is astrologically recognized as an auspicious day for H.H. the Dalai Lama and therefore considered a special day in the week to honor Him and all that He represents for Tibetans. In recent years, Lhakar has additionally become a worldwide movement to embrace Tibetan culture and identity. People observe Lhakar on Wednesdays by intentionally speaking Tibetan, eating Tibetan food, wearing traditional clothes, and shopping at Tibetan owned businesses, symbolically uniting Tibetans around the world in the diaspora and inside Tibet.

H.H. the Dalai Lama’s birthday auspiciously falls on a Wednesday this year – July 6, 2022 – therefore we will broadcast this Lhakar Music Festival from Thursday, July 7 through midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 13.

PERFORMERS-HEADER

Ixx Tashi
བསྟན་འཛིན་བཀྲ་ཤིས།

 Tenzin Tashi aka IXX Tashi began singing at a very young age. He was nurtured in Tibetan classical music as well as playing all Tibetan musical instruments when he was in school. After gaining popularity amongst his friends with his singing talent, he was determined to continue in his musical journey.
He studied DJ and worked as a professional DJ across India. While mixing and listening to all kinds of world music inspired him to make his own. Together with a friend Thupten Tenzin who has the same passion as him, they produced AMA LOLO, SEMTHIN & several other songs under the album BHOEJA MUSIC.
After releasing his solo debut song RABGAYLING, he introduced himself officially as IXX Tashi. The song became an instant hit among young Tibetans. His hit songs are RABGAYLING, DRO, AY BHUMO, TENDONLA and SOUTHSIDE. He also performs at various events in India and now in Europe.

JJI Exile Brothers
བསྟན་འཛིན་འཇམ་དབྱངས།

JJI Exile Brothers is a leading Tibetan rock band based in Dharamsala, India. The band comprises three brothers with their initials represented in the acronym ‘JJI’. Their names are Jigme, Jamyang and Ingsel. They are Tibetan exiles belonging to the generation born in India. The JJI Exile Brothers share a musical style with the Western protest singers of the ’60s and ’70s, whose songs of freedom and equality spurred political activism for a whole generation. Today, many young, freedom-hearing Tibetans also find reassurance and inspiration in their songs.

Loten Namling
བློ་བསྟན་རྣམ་གླིང།

Loten Namling is a noted Tibetan singer, musician, artist and entertainer currently living in exile in Switzerland. Loten has traveled worldwide with his Tibetan lute, singing the songs of the 6th Dalai Lama, Milarepa and authentic traditional songs of Tibet, telling stories about this life, connecting the songs of the past to the reality of the present and inviting his audience on a musical journey through the landscape of Tibetan spirituality. He is working on his new project, ‘Tibet Blues’, in which he explores new paths linking old songs to contemporary culture. He has dedicated his life to preserving Tibet’s rich musical heritage.

Namgyal Nangmi
Tenzin Dickyi and Ugen Norbu
རྣམ་རྒྱལ་ནང་མི།

Namgyal Nangmi, the name itself is a tribute to their late father Namgyal Shastri. They make content on YouTube, Instagram and also release their own songs. The duo of the eldest and youngest siblings have released 7 songs till date like Methakpa, Dhuk, DREKA and many more.  Ugen Norbu was born on 2nd Oct, 1993 and handles everything while Tenzin Dickyi was born on 10th Oct, 2010 and is currently in class VI.

Nawang Khechog
ངག་དབང་མཁས་མཆོག

Nawang Khechog is the first Tibetan Grammy nominee and the most renowned Tibetan flutist in the world. He has won multiple awards from Tibet, India, Nepal, and the United States of America. He is one of Tibet’s foremost world music and spiritual music composers and also one of the first Tibetan musicians to be able to break into the international music scene with his original and authentic musical compositions to be distributed around the world through “Sounds True” and other record labels. Nawang was a monk for 11 years and studied Buddhist Philosophy and meditation under His Holiness and many other Tibetan masters. He also lived as a hermit, meditating in the Himalayan foothills for several years under the guidance of His Holiness. Nawang aims to utilize music as a means to inspire non-violence, compassion and spirituality and for the freedom of Tibetan people. Nawang has produced more than eight albums and co-produced four others. He first came to the USA via an invitation sent by Tibet House US for the International Year of Tibet program (organized by Tibet House US). He has toured all over the USA and is kind enough to credit Tibet House US for his musical achievements in the USA.

Sonam Lhamo & Tenzin Choetsok
བསོད་ནམས་ལྷ་མོ་དང་བསྟན་འཛིན་ཆོས་མཚོ།

Sonam Lhamo, a Tibetan singer in New York. She was a member of the Dharamsala based Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA). She has been volunteering and always happy to contribute her musical performances with the community here in New York and New Jersey. She has performed at various occasions and currently teaches Tibetan music & instruments to the young Tibetan children.
Tenzin Choetsok has her in-born passion for music and instruments. She is 13 years old and has recorded a number of music videos with Sonam Lhamo la. She is also the winner of the competition conducted by the Dharamsala based Voice of Tibet.

Sonam Phuntsok
བསོད་ནམས་ཕུན་ཚོགས།

Sonam Phuntsok or Jhola Sonam was born in North Sikkim and has immersed himself in opera performance and serious vocal training to sing opera arias. He was selected to become a dancer for the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts when he was eleven. After years of training and performing, Sonam was appointed as the opera teacher in 1989. One of the peak moments of his life was on the occasion of His Holiness the Dalai Lama winning the Nobel Peace Prize in December 1989 where he played the role of Gyalu which is usually played by the most accomplished senior artist. He believes that, as a member of TIPA, both past and present are instrumental in creating new songs and music with the goal and hope of preserving and promoting traditional performing arts across the globe.

Techung
བཀྲས་ཆུང།

Techung is a Tibetan singer-songwriter. He has recorded over twelve albums of traditional and contemporary Tibetan music. He is a nominee for the National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowship for 2022. Techung has had the honor of opening for His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s public talks in the USA, Costa Rica, India, and Japan.

TenKun
བསྟན་ཀུན།

Tenkun is a Swiss-based singer who, just like many of the other artists, immigrated to Switzerland when he was very young. His passion for music is very much reflected in his songs and music videos.  He records his own songs and music videos and also tours internationally.. Some of his most popular songs are Tsewas Mashi Meh, Gyoepa Meh, Doepa, All Night-Tibetan Love song and many more.

Tenzin Choegyal
བསྟན་འཛིན་ཆོས་རྒྱལ།

Tenzin Choegyal is a Tibetan artist, composer, activist, musical director, cultural ambassador, and one of the world’s finest musicians in the Tibetan tradition. As a son of Tibetan nomads, he feels a particular connection to the music of the high Himalayan plateau. Forced into exile in India as his family fled the repression in Tibet, he now resides in Australia. As a child, Tenzin would listen to his mother singing in the nomadic lineage, often noting her as an early influence of his passion for singing. He plays lingbu (bamboo flute) and dranyen (3-stringed Tibetan lute) though he is best known for his extraordinary vocal ability and performance of droklu, the nomadic music of his parents. He channels the wisdom and traditions of his ancestors through his songs and compositions. While proudly continuing the unbroken lineage which is central to his music, Tenzin also embraces opportunities to take his music into more contemporary, uncharted territory.In a career spanning more than 30 years, Tenzin has performed at festivals across Australia and curated numerous events and concerts including Brisbane’s annual Festival of Tibet.

Tenzin Donsel
བསྟན་འཛིན་སྒྲོན་གསལ།

Tenzin Donsel is one of the most prominent Tibetan singers based in New York and was a member of the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA), in Dharamsala for nineteen years. She believes her interest in music was nurtured during her years as a member of TIPA where she participated in over 19 Tibetan Opera performances and was the lead singer and actor in many movies and shows. She released several albums and her music video titled “Cholsum Droshey” celebrates the gems of the three provinces constituting Tibet.

Tibchick/Tenzin Seldon
བསྟན་འཛིན་གསལ་སྒྲོན།

Tibchick/Tenzin Seldon is the first Tibetan female rap artist. She was born in Delhi and moved to the Netherlands as a teen. She always strives to bring something new, fresh and unique to her  audience. Her affinity for being honest about her surroundings and realities is apparent through the lyrics of her songs. Her song “Fearless” calls for redemption and self-reliance to strive for better things. This is also an expression of how she feels disconnected and different for being an immigrant, a Tibetan and an Asian. Hip-hop culture is finding its way in the Tibetan community with the originality and articulateness shown in the message-packed songs of Tenzin Seldon.

Camerata – Queensland's Chamber Orchestra

The ensemble performs a major concert season annually in both Brisbane and Toowoomba, while also performing regularly in festivals, collaborations, regional tours, and live-to-air national broadcasts. The orchestra is extremely flexible in its repertoire and in the way it combines works in programs, playing the core “classics” as well as new and recent music, and Australian music.

Camerata regularly works with performers outside the “classical” sector. Camerata has established itself as a chamber orchestra of national significance with an outstanding track record of artistic achievement.

Tsering Dorjee Bawa
ཚེ་རིང་འབའ་བ།

Tsering Dorjee Bawa is a Tibetan actor, producer, musician and dancer. He acted in several remarkable films, including the Oscar nominated film “Himalaya” in 1999, and created the original soundtrack with Michael Becker for the 2009 Emmy Award-winning documentary, “Women of Tibet – A Quiet Revolution”. He was nominated twice for outstanding featured male performance in a play for his off-Broadway show, “The Oldest Boy”. He has worked on numerous ensemble artworks with many renowned world artists. He currently resides in the Bay Area, California and teaches Tibetan music, conducts art workshops for university students and professionals, and takes acting assignments. TIPA is his alma mater.

Tsering Gurmay
ཚེ་རིང་འགྱུར་མེད།

Tsering Gyurmey is a traditional and contemporary Tibetan singer. He was born in Orissa, India. He has played an instrumental role in bringing Tibetan music to the younger generation with many of his popular albums such as “Tsawai Lama,” “Phama,” “Trungkar,” and “Ballads of Old Tibet”.  He has performed in many countries over the world and still continues to perform his songs worldwide.

Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts
བོད་ཀྱི་ཟློས་གར།

The Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) is the premier institute that is entrusted with the responsibility of preserving and promoting Tibet’s ancient and unique culture including its rich musical heritage and arts. The institute was founded by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama on reaching Kalimpong in August 1959. It was later shifted to Mcleod ganj in 1961. Earlier named as the Tibetan Music, Dance and Drama Society, it was one of the first institutes established by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. According to the vision of His Holiness, protecting the ancient Tibetan art culture is the responsibility not only of the concerned nation but also of the world community as a whole.