2020 Queensland Music Awards Finalists

Posted by on 23 Jan 2020 | Tagged as: Blog

Tibet2Timbuk2’s song “Apo Gaga”, the title track of our fantastic new album, has been selected as a finalist in the World Music section of the 2020 Queensland Music Awards! All of the finalists are amazing artists and we are proud to join them in contention for this prestigious award. The awards night is on Tuesday 3rd March. Wish us luck!

Tibet2Timbuk2 in Dhaka (2017)

Posted by on 15 May 2019 | Tagged as: Blog

Back in November 2017, Tenzin Choegyal was invited to perform at Dhaka International Folk Festival and was able to bring Tibet2Timbuk2’s Shen, Marcello and even Taro from Japan! Behold the official videos of our performance to 40000 people at Bangladesh Army Stadium!

“Gone Beyond” Limited Edition EP

Posted by on 11 Dec 2018 | Tagged as: Blog

Acclaimed Tibetan world music fusion band Tibet2Timbuk2 are releasing a limited edition EP entitled “Gone Beyond” for the festive season, in advance of their long-awaited full length album to be launched at Festival of Tibet in April 2019.

“Gone Beyond” is also the title of a beautiful bonus track which will never be released in any format after this EP.

“Gone Beyond” is a very special collector’s item for all true fans of Tenzin Choegyal and Tibet2Timbuk2.

The EP cover art is kindly provided by amazing Tibetan contemporary artist Karma Phuntsok, which makes the “Gone Beyond” EP even more special.

Pre-ordered EPs are expected to be posted on Monday December 24th.


1. Apo Gaga (4:15)
There are thousands of children who have come into exile leaving their parents back home in Tibet. Most of them haven’t heard their childhood pet name that their parents use to call them by. One such pet name is “Apo Gaga”, a childhood name given to HH the 17th Karmapa Lama by his parents. Karmapa has been in exile since 1999 and hasn’t seen his parents who are back in Tibet since.

2. Dzomo (5:03)
A song inspired by Dzomo, the mother yak. I wanted to pay homage to all the amazing mothers who give the nourishment of life.

3. Beautiful Day (4:03)
And this too shall pass.

4. Highland Yaks (3:48)
Bansuri and viola become whistle and fiddle to add a Celtic lilt to this purely instrumental track.

5. BONUS TRACK: Gone Beyond (5:16)
One of my favourite Sutras – “Gate Gate, Pare Gate, Para Sum Gate, Bodhiye Soha”. Gone gone, Gone beyond, Gone father beyond, So be it!!


Tenzin Choegyal – vocal, dranyen
Marcello Milani – guitar, vocal (3), percussion (1)
Shen Flindell – tabla, backing vocal (3), percussion (1, 3)
Richard Grantham – viola (1-4), percussion (1), alto flute (5)
Taro Terahara – bansuri (2-4)
Sangeet Mishra – sarangi (2)

Cover art by Karma Phuntsok
Band photo by Michael Murchie
Recording, mixing and mastering by Marcello Milani

© 2018 Tibet2Timbuk2

Tenzin Choegyal’s new solo album “Heart Strings”

Posted by on 04 Feb 2015 | Tagged as: Blog

Tibet2Timbuk2’s lead vocalist Tenzin Choegyal has just released his long-awaited solo CD, “Heart Strings”.

“Music is like drifting clouds that fly freely over the man-made geographical borders in this infinite space of possibilities.”
– Tenzin Choegyal

Heart Strings is a biography through song, reflecting Tenzin Choegyal’s musical influences and collaborations across the continents. From songs recorded with children from the Tibetan Children’s Village where he grew up, to sophisticated arrangements with Western Classical String Ensemble and masters of Indian classical music, with Heart Strings Tenzin breaks new ground while keeping his Tibetan roots.

For more information, please visit: www.tenzinchoegyal.com

Heart Strings is available through Perfect Potion stores and online at EthnoSuperLounge.


In other news, it’s been more than 6 years since Tibet2Timbuk2’s amazing album “Music Is Life” came out in 2008, and sales through outlets like iTunes have been falling below the point of sustainability. We’ve withdrawn the album from our digital distribution agent which was charging a yearly fee. We may yet put it out there when we get around to recording a new Tibet2Timbuk2 CD but for now, “Music is Life” is exclusively available through our partner website EthnoSuperLounge. If you haven’t got a copy you’re missing out!

Sat 28 Jun New Farm: Fundraising for Tibetan Education Fund

Posted by on 15 Jun 2014 | Tagged as: Blog



We invite you to help us raise much needed funds for the Bumkhang Child Care Centre in Tibet.

DATE : Saturday 28th June 2014
TIME : 6:30pm until late
VENUE : Uniting Church In Australia
52 Merthyr Rd, New Farm
Entry $20
Children Entry is Free!

We hope that you, your family and friends will join us in this Celebration of Tibetan Culture, enjoy our cuisine, listen to acclaimed Tibetan Musican Tenzin Choegyal, Shen Flindell and Marcello Milani with their band Tibet2Timbuk2.
Baatarsukh Batasukh – Horse head fiddle with Mongolian overtone throat singing, moving between the extraordinary high, to the deep low vocal extremities of the human voice. The music has shamanic origins, celebrates life, nature and connections to horses and magic.
Join us for a very special Tibetan Circle Dance. Come along and have some fun while making a huge difference in the lives of these underprivileged kids inside Tibet.

Supper with Tibetan momo (home made Dumplings) will be served.
Please SHARE this event page with your friend and family
Thank you so much, see you there at the event.

Much Regards and Tashi Delek
Wanday and TEF team

for more info phone: 0422 720 542 or e-mail tibetanef@gmail.com for more details.

Map of where Uniting Church Newfarm is:

“Music is Life” Tour – Tibet2Timbuk2 with Taro Terahara

Posted by on 11 Oct 2012 | Tagged as: Blog

We’re very excited to have our old friend, bansuri master Taro Terahara coming to play with us again this summer. We’re putting together a great schedule covering the east coast from Noosa to Blue Mountains. More details soon so watch this space…

This event on Facebook Fri 23 Nov Doonan: Tibet2Timbuk2 with Taro – Home Concert  – DISCOUNT PRE-BOOKED TICKETS

This event on Facebook  Sat 24 Nov Chenrezig: Tibet2Timbuk2 with Taro Terahara

This event on Facebook  Fri 30 Nov Bellingen: Tibet2Timbuk2 with Taro Terahara

This event on Facebook  Sat 1 Dec Wauchope: Tibet2Timbuk2 with Taro Terahara

This event on Facebook  Sun 2 Dec Blue Mountains: Tibet2Timbuk2 with Taro Terahara

This event on Facebook  Fri 7 Dec Gold Coast: Tibet2Timbuk2 with Taro Terahara

This event on Facebook  Sat 8 Dec Nimbin: Tibet2Timbuk2 with Taro Terahara – DISCOUNT PRE-BOOKED TICKETS

This event on Facebook  Sun 9 Dec Ocean Shores: Tibet2Timbuk2 with Taro Terahara

CWON Benefit in Coffs Harbour

Posted by on 01 Oct 2012 | Tagged as: Blog

Tibet2Timbuk2 recently had a show helping to raise funds for CWON (Child Welfare Organization of Nepal) at a concert in Coffs Harbour. On the drive down Tenzin asked Shen’s wife Yuki Taniguchi Flindell if she would join us for a couple of songs, which turned out beautifully! Yuki opened the show with a short mantra and lovely bhajan, then joined us for Crane Song, Tso Marpo and the finale Aum Mani Padme Hum. In the process we helped to raise $2000 for Nepali kids, and we were then treated to a fun party by the CWON crew.  Many thanks to Calida Neal and her father Neville Neal for bringing us down to Coffs Harbour.

Tibet2Timbuk2 with Yuki Taniguchi Flindell
Shen did a short tabla demonstration with my usual finale – “Rabbit, Deer, Lion”

Tibet2Timbuk2 with Sulagna Basu in Noosa

Posted by on 05 Sep 2012 | Tagged as: Blog

This weekend Tibet2Timbuk2 had a double header on the Sunshine Coast, with an afternoon concert at one of our favourite venues, Crystal Waters Eco-Village, followed by an evening concert in Noosa Pengari Steiner School. Unfortunately I don’t have any photos from the afternoon concert, but here are some from the evening. Thanks to organiser Jalberto Maldonado of Timbeao Planet and to special guest artist Sulagna Basu.

Sulagna Basu opened the evening with a variety of classical, semi-classical and folk songs, accompanied on tabla by Shen.

We concluded the first half of the programme with a tabla duet between Shen and his senior student, Sulagna’s son Tito Basu, which got a very good audience response.

Tibet2Timbuk2 were joined by special guest Sulagna Basu on vocals in “Crane Song”

Sulagna performed some Kathak dance with us on “Tso Marpo”

Tibet2Timbuk2 at Powerhouse with IJIMP

Posted by on 05 Sep 2012 | Tagged as: Blog

On the winter solstice (June 21), Tibet2Timbuk2 had a show at Brisbane Powerhouse, organised by BEMAC as part of their “Planet” series of concerts. This concert was titled “Focus on Fusion” and also featuring Indo-Japanese Improvised Music Project (IJIMP). This was our first show in Brisbane since before my trip to India in Japan starting in February, and we’re not sure when the next Brisbane show will be…? Maybe December or January when special guest Taro Terahara (bansuri) will be in town.

IJIMP – Takako Nishiburi (koto), Carl Rathus (shakuhachi), Ravikesh Singh (tabla)

Tibet2Timbuk2 with special guest Nicholas Ng (erhu)

Festival of Tibet 2012

Posted by on 02 Mar 2012 | Tagged as: Blog

On Sat 4 Feb Tibet2Timbuk2 gave two performances at the annual Festival of Tibet in Brisbane Powerhouse. We were joined for both concerts by special guests Peter Hunt (trumpet) and Katherine Philp (cello).

The first performance was a free show on the Turbine Platform as part of BEMAC’s Planet Series of monthly world music concerts at the Powerhouse. The platform was packed as were the two levels of balconies above the platform! Fantastic response.
In the second concert, in the Visy Theatre, we provided musical accompaniment along with the Tashi Lhunpo Monks for a spoken word performance by Tibetan activist and writer Tenzin Tsundue. In the 90 minute show he talked about his experiences as a Tibetan in exile growing up in India, believing in the cause of Free Tibet, walking to Tibet over the Chinese border, being interrogated in jail in Lhasa and later in an Indian jail when marching to the border at the time of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. It was a very powerful performance and a great honour and experience for us to be part of.
Many thanks to Tenzin Choegyal for organising this fantastic yearly festival and creating such interesting projects. Thanks also to Carolyn Stubbin of Perfect Potion (main festival sponsors) for these lovely photos.

Katherine Philp – cello

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