Yungchen Lhamo is a Tibetan singer and songwriter living in exile in New York City. Her first album was released in 1995 and won an award for best Fok/World/Traditional Music release. She is the first Tibetan singer to win a prestigious music industry award. The success of that record led to her signing with Peter Gabriel's Real World label. Her first record for the label, Tibet, Tibet, mainly features a cappella renditions of original compositions—authentic Tibetan Buddhist prayers and songs. Her next recording, Coming Home, was a collaboration with producer Hector Zazou, showcasing her voice, and also featuring chanting by Tibetan monks, a wide range of mostly modern Western instruments, and the benefits of multi-track recording, enabling Lhamo's voice to be layered repeatedly.
Lhamo's album Ama (which means Mother in the Tibetan language) was released in April 2006 and was produced by Iranian-American musician Jamshied Sharifi. Yungchen's music has earned her recognition by the Province of Genoa, Italy, as a “Messenger of Peace” and she was awarded the title of “Ambassador of Culture”. Lhamo's name means "Goddess of Song" – a name given to her by a lama soon after she was born near Lhasa. Yungchen left Tibet in 1989 to make pilgrimage to Dharamsala. She was inspired to reach out to world through her music.
Yungchen Lhamo has toured extensively throughout the world, singing unaccompanied, a combination of songs of her own unique composition and traditional Buddhist chant and mantras. She has performed with renowned artists Annie Lennox, Peter Gabriel, Billy Corgan, Natalie Merchant, Bono, Sheryl Crow and Michael Stipe. She has performed in the Lilith Fair Festival and toured widely as a part of the WOMAD World music festivals.
This concert is a fundraiser for Yungchen’s organization called One Drop of Kindness (a 501 c3 non-profit) The Foundation was established in 2004 with the aim of helping of all sentient beings through direct action, multicultural programs, community services and charitable giving.In particular, the Foundation is dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan culture, whether in Tibet, Nepal, India, the USA or elsewhere, through offering multicultural programs, educational projects, lectures and workshops that integrate music, mindfulness, and art, in order to help facilitate in everyone a more positive outlook on life.
Yungchen will also be joined by vocalist and percussionist MJ Greenmountain (Hamsa Lila) and other Very Special Guest musicians TBA.