A Country & Eastern offering from the EthnoSuperLounge stable, world music group Tibet2Timbuk2 takes you on a journey from the meditative to the joyous with Tenzin (Tibet), Shen (tabla), and Marcello (African guitar & further west), with special guests. Afro-Asian galloping tunes!
Tibet2Timbuk2 has an eclectic repertoire including group arrangements of Tenzin’s Tibetan songs, Marcello’s English songs, collaborative songs and instrumentals and even classical tabla solo. The overall sound is full and organic, with all three musicians sharing bass, percussion, harmony and melody roles to create a solid yet easy groove.
Audiences have the chance to hear long-time solo performer Tenzin’s songs with band accompaniment, and to hear him using the dranyen in completely new ways as a kind of “world music bass”.
Likewise Shen is using tabla in new ways, including playing bass lines on the bayan and adapting traditional Indian rhythms with African and reggae influences.
Singer-songwriter Marcello harmonises with yet another range of influences including African, reggae, country and rock. Well-known from Brisbane band The Toothfaeries, his songs match the organic-acoustic sound of Tibet2Timbuk2 perfectly.
Their debut CD Music is Life takes listeners on a sonic journey from Tibet to Timbuktu, including 2008 QSong BEMAC World Music Award winning piece, Crane Song. The title track is a collaboration with kora player and Guinean griot, Lansana Camara.
Tibet2Timbuk2 have performed at numerous festivals around Australia including Bellingen Global Carnival, Woodford Folk Festival and Queensland Multicultural Festival.
Since Tibet2Timbuk2’s formation in 2008, the group has formed the core of a number of innovative projects at Festival of Tibet and other events, collaborating along with guest musicians to accompany Tibetan performers including spoken word artist Tenzin Tsundue and live painter Karma Phuntsok.
While T2T2 basically performs as a three-piece, we do like to invite soloists to join us for a song or two and have a regular roster of guest artists including
- Lansana Camara (Guinea)
- Taro Terahara (Indian flute)
- Peter Hunt (trumpet)
- Menaka Visvanathan (South Indian vocal)
- Asim Gorashi (Sudan)
- Cieavash Arean (Persia)
Despite the eclectic influences, this world music garage band blends with complete harmony and groove and is guaranteed not only to put a smile on your face and a tap in your feet but to engage your mind and soothe your spirit.