TENZIN CHOEGYAL AND THE BRISBANE FESTIVAL OF TIBET – TAASA Review December 2014

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This article was originally found in the December 2014 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 23, Issue 4, Page 13).

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Tenzin Choegyal and Tarun Nagesh F rom the roof of the world to the suburbs of Brisbane, Tenzin Choegyal’s journey is an adventurous story of music, art, travel and activism that seems to have eternal drive.

There’s always a new project in the pipeline for the Tibetan-born Queenslander with the infectious laugh; juggling festivals, hosting international visitors, fundraising for charities and managing a musical career that sees him as one of our most unique musicians and in international demand. In August 2014, ABC’s Foreign Correspondent followed Tenzin on a journey to Upper Mustang and the city of Lo Manthang on the Nepal/Tibet border, a stone’s throw from the land where he was born.

It was a deeply moving story of personal discovery through a region he last crossed when he was a small child fleeing his homeland, but also a chance to share his contemporary take on Tibetan music with people living in one of the few preserved centres of traditional Tibetan culture...