Friday, April 14th at 7:30pm. Wellfleet Preservation Hall presents Ithaca, New York avant-folk artist Tenzin Chopak, in a solo performance celebrating his recent 2017 album release “Alone In The House”. Tickets are $15 each and available at http://wellfleetpreservationhall.org.
Reviewers have referred to Tenzin's work as "progressive chamber folk", while audiences and critics have praised performances as "incandescent", "mesmerizing", and "stunningly beautiful" - we couldn't agree more.
The son of a minister and an artist, Tenzin learned to love music in his father's church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He studied voice, piano, and guitar throughout his childhood, performing his original music frequently while dreaming of making it a full time profession. In 1999, after some years of a burgeoning devotion to the study of Tibetan language and religion, he traveled to North India. It was during his eight month stay there that he was given the name "Tenzin Chopak". For the following twelve years, while continuing his study of Tibetan in upstate, NY, Tenzin kept music a quiet if not hidden part of his life. In late 2011 he began to write and perform publicly again. Tenzin presented his work beyond genre with something akin to pure theater, evoking the primal feeling and texture of universality that is present in roots traditions, yet with a charged vulnerability and intimacy in both his dynamic musicality and elegant lyricism.
Tenzin has released three albums of original music with his ensemble Rockwood Ferry, and recently released his fourth album "Awful Good" with Nicholas Walker (double bass), Rosie Newton (violin and vocals), and Greg Evans (drums) in November, 2016.
His fifth album "Alone InThe House" is a one microphone, one day, acoustic solo lp and was just released in March of 2017.
Tenzin is known for performing his music in a variety of forms: with the Rockwood Ferry ensemble, with double bassist Nicholas Walker (often joined by violinist Rosie Newton and drummer Greg Evans), and as a solo singer songwriter. He has recently also been involved in improvisational and experimental music ensembles.
In addition to this, Tenzin composes original music for film and has provided soundtracks for numerous environmental conservation documentary shorts through the National Park Service and other organizations. Tenzin is also a visual artist, working in paint, pencil, photography, and film.