Tenzin Ngawang

Tenzin, a native Tibetan, is a composer, singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer. From 1993-2004 he was a member of the esteemed Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) in Dharamsala, India. TIPA was founded by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to preserve and promote the traditional performing arts of Tibet. Through the vigorous training and practice at TIPA Tenzin achieved mastery in Tibetan Opera, folk dances, songs and a number of musical instruments. While with TIPA, he led the Aa Ka Ma Band which produced many modern and contemporary Tibetan songs and several of their albums have become major hits. While with TIPA, Tenzin performed all around the globe, earning the respect and praise of Tibetan communities everywhere. Well-versed in all forms of traditional Tibetan music, instruments and dance, Tenzin now teaches for the Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota which represents the second largest Tibetan community in the US. Tenzin also formed a Tibetan rock band called Melong (melongband.com). He's the lead singer and has produced 3 albums which are big hits in the Tibetan community. He was the Musical Director and Dance Choreographer for a Tiger Lions Arts production on Buddha prince (a walking play) and “Kipo” in collaboration with UofM Center for Spiritual Healing. (tigerlionsarts.org) Tenzin is a very innovative and nimble artist and he really enjoys collaborating with Western and African musicians.

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