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“Music is Life” track listing

Created by on 29 Nov 2008 | Tagged as: Music is Life CD

Listen to a sample playlist of “Music is Life”

1 Beautiful Girl / Bhumo Zhema Any face is beautiful when it carries a smile. 4:21
2 Ama Whimsically beseeching a bird to carry a message of hope to Tibet . 4:58
3 Crane Song (Ngagpey Sungkey) Despite deep attachment, a crane cannot survive on a frozen lake. 7:35
4 Tso Marpo Blue, red, yellow and white are the colours attributed to the body, speech, heart and consciousness. 6:57
5 Lotus Born Musical homage to the great compassionate mantra “Om Ma Ni Phad May Hum” (Jewel in the Lotus). 10:21
6 Little Things The best things in life are the little things. For Isabella. 5:58
7 Dawey Wola Under the moon, sharing our thoughts and dreams. 6:30
8 Jhi Chung The bird in the Willow has the sweetest song. 4:33
9 Music Is Life / Menfanh A song about Lansana’s beautiful village in Guinea where he used to play music by the river in the evening. 7:20

Download tracks or order the CD at our online store.

Tibet2Timbuk2 CD Launch @ Brisbane Powerhouse

Created by on 09 Dec 2008 | Tagged as: Blog

On Saturday Nov 15, Tibet2Timbuk2 launched our debut CD “Music is Life” at the Brisbane Powerhouse. It was a really nice concert, lots of good vibes and fun. We basically played through the CD track list, with a bit of chat, and gave a full 90 minute set. Everybody seemed to like it. Many thanks to Perfect Potion for supporting us, producing the CD and launch gig and now selling our CDs through their shops.


  • Beautiful Girl
  • Ama
  • Crane Song – special guest Menaka Visvanathan (South Indian female vocal) opened the song with a beautiful alap and also sang some beautiful harmonies and solos
  • Tso Marpo
  • Lotus Born – special guest Peter Hunt on trumpet
  • Little Things – special guest Peter Hunt on trumpet
  • Jhi Chung
  • Music is Life / Menfanh – special guest Lansana Camara on kora and vocal, plus Menaka and Peter to throw in some solos too
  • Dawey Wola – finale song with everybody singing it up

Tibet2Timbuk2 CD launch finale
L to R: Lansana Camara, Marcello Milani, Shen Flindell, Menaka Visvanathan, Tenzin Choegyal, Peter Hunt

“Music is Life” now on iTunes etc

Created by on 12 Jan 2009 | Tagged as: Blog

Tibet2Timbuk2’s “Music is Life” CD and individual tracks are now available on iTunes, Amazon, eMusic and Napster. However, please note that if you buy from our partner store at EthnoSuperLounge, more of your hard-earned cash goes to support the artists and the Tibetan Children’s Village in Dharamsala.

Prices at the EthnoSuperLounge store are currently introductory specials – expect them to go up to match iTunes in the next few weeks.

Great review of Tibet2Timbuk2’s “Music is Life”

Created by on 15 Jul 2009 | Tagged as: Blog

Tibet2Timbuk2 is a trio consisting of Tenzin Choegyal (vocals, dranyen, flute), Marcello Milani (vocals, guitar, keyboard) and Shen Flindell (tabla and percussion). On the nine track CD, “music is life”, they are assisted by Peter Hunt (trumpet), Lansana Camara (vocal, kora) and Taro Terahara (bansuri).

One of the most astonishing things about “music is life” is the fundamental simplicity of the parts played by, in particular, the guitar and dranyen. Mostly uncomplicated and repeated phrases, they nevertheless combine with the tabla to produce an extraordinarily interesting and detailed sound that is intensely hypnotic and enchanting. This is a combination of Africa, India and Tibet, that, for all its unlikeliness, has resulted in a musical masterpiece.

The CD was recorded by trio member Marcello, and reveals his mastery of the technical as well as the musical. This is a clean, spacious and tasteful recording, capturing the essence of the instruments while using the technology to elevate the drama and interest of each.

From the opening sparse and seductive notes of the first track (“Beautiful Girl/Bhumo Zhema”) this CD had me ensnared, and I’ve played it almost non-stop since. It is relaxed, yet energising; ambient yet vigorous. There is something of interest in every bar, and even after having played it many times, I keep finding something new to listen to. Included on this CD is the “Crane Song” (“Ngagpey Sungkey”) which was the 2008 Qsong BMEC Music Award winning piece. It lopes along easily in a slow seven-four, and features the highly acclaimed bansuri player, Taro Terahara.

But my personal favourite is “Lotus Born”, a ten minute tonal landscape that looms through the mist with haunting flute; in which other instruments insinuate themselves almost unnoticed until you bump into them. After about four minutes we hear Peter Hunt’s trumpet: just a long C before it fades, to reappear a little while later. I often clatter away on the keyboard while I am listening to the CD I’m reviewing, but this is a track that stills my fingers and draws me into the music; I have to pay attention, and it won’t let me be distracted, specially by something as mundane as a review.

“Little Things” follows “Lotus Born”, and is lively track that takes you straight to dusky dancers on the Serengeti, with “Dawey Wola” following in similar vein. Featuring Lansana Camara on kora and vocals, the CD is rounded off with the anthemic mantra, “Music is Life”. This track summarises everything that has gone before; there is a particularly special life breathed into this CD by these gifted musicians. Like any self-respecting mantra, it is reversible: “music is life”, but “life is music” for Tibet2Timbuk2.

Mike Raine for 2009