Tenzing Tsewang was a world class musician and an enthusiastic ambassador of Tibetan culture and spirituality. Born in Tibet, he spent 10 years (from age 12 to 22) as a monk in Dharmasala, India, at Namgyal Tantric College, the private monastery of His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama. There he excelled at the Tibetan trumpet and was groomed in the art of Chanting Master.
After leaving the monastery and coming to the west, Tsewang explored many styles of Tibetan music: the music of his nomadic family living on the Tibetan plateau, the sacred Tibetan music of the monasteries as well as the contemporary folk songs of modern Tibet.
Tsewang had an extraordinary range! He had a beautiful tenor and a deep bass voice, as well as being a master of low-tone Tibetan chanting. Before his death in August of 2007, he was becoming adept at Mongolian style throat singing.
Tsewang focused on music from 1994, touring widely throughout Australia, South Pacific, USA, Canada and Europe. He shared the musical traditions of Tibet using humour and storytelling. His instruments included the bamboo flute, tibetan lute (dram-nyen), and the monastic drum, cymbals, and trumpet.
Tenzing trained as a stage and film actor. His works included: a role in a motion picture (Talk 1993), his own one-man theatre show entitled Hanging onto the Tail of a Goat, and a starring role in HuM which was an aerial arts performance. In HuM, Tsewang played a Tibetan Shaman encountering the 5 elements embodied as aerial artists; in which he sang, played dramyen, and danced his way through the story of a man in search of enlightenment.
Throughout his life Tsewang pursued his dharma practice and gave workshops on Tibetan Medicine as well as others on the Art of Dying.
He ended his days on Salt Spring Island, BC, where he was much loved and remains dearly missed by his wife and friends. The news of his death brought outpourings from around the world, especially his adopted home of Australia, where he is survived by his son, Tenzing. Condolences and news of prayers and rituals performed on his behalf came from the Eastern United States where he did much touring with a long time friend from his old Monastery Lopsang Samten (sand mandala master); as well from Tibet, India, Europe, U.S. and Canada where many of his extended family and friends remembered him.
His music, humour, storytelling and passion for Tibetan culture extended outwards wherever he went and continue to be the lasting legacy of this dear man for all to celebrate.
- Kirsty Barclay.
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