“Music is Life”

Tibet2Timbuk2's debut CD, Music is LifeTibet2Timbuk2: Music is Life

Rollicking Tibetan folk, afro-reggae guitar grooves and intricate Indian tabla…  Sounds as if they were made for each other!  Together, Tenzin Choegyal, Marcello Milani and Shen Flindell create a new joyful sound that transcends cultural boundaries.

“This is a combination of Africa, India and Tibet, that, for all its unlikeliness, has resulted in a musical masterpiece.” (Mike Raine, Indie-CDs)

Tibet2Timbuk2 has an eclectic repertoire resulting in an overall sound which is full and organic.  All three musicians share melody, harmony, bass and percussion roles to create a solid yet easy groove.

Their debut CD Music is Life includes 2008 QSong BEMAC World Music Award winning piece, Crane Song, featuring internationally renowned bansuri player Taro Terahara.  In Oct 2009,  Daway Wola won “Best Fusion” in the Music Tibet Awards in Dharamsala.

Jazz trumpeter Peter Hunt contributes to several tracks and the CD finale Music Is Life/Menfanh features the West African singing and kora of special guest Lansana Camara from Guinea.

From the joyous to the meditative, come on a journey from Tibet to Timbuktu.

Proceeds from the sale of Tibet2Timbuk2: “Music is Life” go to support Tibetan Children’s Village in Dharamsala, India.

“Music is Life” track listing

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

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Full-length streaming tracks

Download tracks or order the CD at our online store.

Proceeds from sales go to support the Tibetan Children’s Village in Dharamsala, India.

“Music is Life” credits

Tibet2Timbuk2 members

Guest Artists

Thank yous
We would like to thank our families for their support and for still loving us even though we got home at ridiculous hours too many times. Paola, Isabella, Bronny, Tashi and Pemma – thank you! Deep respect to Shen’s tabla guru-jis, Debu Bhattacharya and the late Pandit Kaviraj Ashutosh Bhattacharya and many thanks to all our friends.

Thanks also to the Perfect Potion who got behind the project from the beginning (Sal Battaglia & Carolyn Stubbin), Joe Malone (JLM Audio), Terika, Peter Hunt, Lansana Camara and Taro Terahara.

Special thanks to Karma Phuntsok for the original artwork and Sharon Wood for all her hard work.

Production notes

Recorded at Studio45 (2007-08)
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Marcello Milani at Studio VoxBox
Artwork by Karma Phuntsok (www.karmaart.com)
Photographs by Carolyn Stubbin
Graphic Design by Choice Creative

A portion of proceeds goes to support Tibetan Children’s Village in Dharamsala, India.  Thanks for your support.