Tenzin Cheogyal

Tenzin Cheogyal

This performance is a part of the Civic Theatre SUNDOWN SESSIONS 2024.

 Apr 21, 2024 4:00 pm

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Singer-songwriter Tenzin Choegyal has been on a life-long musical pilgrimage since his early years in Dharamsala, a refugee village in India. In 1997 he made the journey to Australia to start a new life. “Coming to Australia opened up so many possibilities for my music” he says, “and I’m super proud to be called a Tibetan-Australian artist”.

Now based in Brisbane, he draws on his Tibetan nomadic roots to perform traditional vocals accompanied by his dranyen (Tibetan lute) and lingbu (bamboo flute). But at the same time, he enjoys experimenting with diverse musical styles both in the studio and on stage, along with an international cast of collaborators.

Tenzin’s major work, Songs from the Bardo, is a contemporary interpretation of the Tibetan Book of the Dead. “It’s a really beautiful ancient text, and this work is a fusion of age-old wisdom with a very contemporary sound,” he says. The latest version recorded with US collaborator Laurie Anderson was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2021. Tenzin’s most recent album Yeshe Dolma, named after his late mother, is the result of a collaboration with Queensland’s celebrated string ensemble, Camerata.

As Tenzin often remarks, sound has no boundaries. “I liken music to drifting clouds that fly freely over the man-made geographical borders in this infinite space of possibilities.” He sees music is a universal form of communication and a powerful medium for cultural exchange. “Performing gives me a stage where I can connect with others, raise awareness of important issues and encourage mutual understanding of the diversity of humanity.”

For Tenzin music is life, no matter where he is. “Music has the ability to express one’s personal chronology as we move through different stages of life. My music has evolved through my own journey from Tibet to India to Australia and around the world. But wherever I am in the world, my music also connects me to my homeland of Tibet.”

Date & Time:

Sunday 21 April, 4pm

Foyers, Box Office and Bar open one hour before the show starts.


2 hours

Ticket Prices:

Ticket $25.00
Ticket and Platter (Platter serves 2 ppl) $50.00
Please Note: Platter orders close 2 days before event.


Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre
Burns Way off, Tarcutta St, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650

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