June 2017 BuddhaFest Music

Live in Concert:
Ani Choying Drolma

Saturday, June 3, 8:30 PM

Ani Choying Drolma

Ani Choying Drolma

Nepal's "Rock Star Nun"
Makes Rare LA Appearance

"Drolma's voice may sound like a mountain stream, but underneath, her passions are like a storm on top of Mt. Everest."

- Megan Drennan Meline, NPR Weekend Edition

About Ani Choying Drolma...

Ani Choying Drolma is a Nepalese Buddhist nun and internationally-acclaimed singer of traditional and modernized Buddhist chants, as well as Nepali and Tibetan songs. She has toured extensively in North America, Asia, and Europe to support her numerous humanitarian efforts, including the education of young girls, care of the elderly, and providing medical services for the underprivileged and dispossessed through her Nun’s Welfare Foundation.

Her autobiography, Singing for Freedom, is an international bestseller, and she is Nepal’s first-ever appointed UNICEF ambassador.

Ani was recently interviewed on BBC World Service's Outlook program. Click on the play button below to hear her talk about her life, her music, and her philanthropic work -- and of course, to hear her sing.

Click on the image above to hear Ani sing the Great Compassion Mantra of Avalokiteśvara.

Closing Night:
Tenzin Choegyal Performs Live

Sunday, June 4, 7:30 PM

Tenzin Choegyal

Tenzin Choegyal

Tibetan singer-songwriter Tenzin Choegyal performs live as part of the LA Premiere of The Last Dalai Lama? He and Philip Glass composed and performed the score for the film.

"Tenzin Choegyal was equally impressive, as much for his infectious smile as for his powerful and wonderful voice."

- Billboard Magazine

About Tenzin Choegyal...

Singer-songwriter Tenzin Choegyal creates original compositions that uniquely express his Tibetan heritage and the contemporary challenges faced by his people. Tenzin plays the Dranyen (Tibetan lute) and Lingbu (transverse bamboo flute). His most outstanding instrument, however, is his voice. His music has been described as beautifully evocative, healing, and transcendent.

Over the years, Tenzin has created a successful international career as a musician, playing at such prestigious events as the WOMAD festivals as well as several Concerts for Tibet at Carnegie Hall. From classical and contemporary to ancient traditional, Tenzin embraces opportunities to take his music to uncharted territory both in the studio and on stage.

Opening Night:
Amy Correia & Peggy Baldwin Perform "Halleluja"

Friday, June 2, 7:30 PM

Legendary folk artist Amy Correia and virtuoso cellist Peggy Baldwin perform "Hallelujah" as part of the opening night Tribute to Leonard Cohen.

Amy Correia

Amy Correia

About Amy Correia...

Amy Correia delivers songs with a raw power that’s both vulnerable and fierce. That musical honesty has drawn comparisons to Tom Waits and Michelle Shocked. The New York Times calls her "a singular talent." A dynamic performer who accompanies herself on guitar, piano and baritone ukelele, Correia recently returned home from a 28-city tour of the U.S., opening for legendary frontwoman of The Pretenders, Chrissie Hynde. Hynde and her musical partner, JP Jones, hand-picked Correia to open for their new project after seeing her perform live.

Correia has also toured extensively with Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Marc Cohn ("Walking in Memphis"), opening shows and performing as a member of his stellar band, appearing on Good Morning America, Ellen Degeneres, The View and The Today Show.

Peggy Baldwin

Peggy Baldwin

About Peggy Baldwin...

Peggy’s life-long commitment to the cello was inspired by her mother, who is a professional cellist in the Seattle area. Peggy’s study of music took her from the Pacific Northwest to California, where she graduated with honors from the University of Southern California. In addition to performing with a wide variety of symphonies and chamber music groups, she developed a serious interest in studio work and exploring the voice of the cello in unique musical settings. Peggy has shown her versatility as a cellist on numerous recording sessions for movies and has performed on several albums, including those of Kiss, Maroon 5, Justin Timberlake, Michael Buble and George Harrison.

Peggy has worked with a wide spectrum of artists, ranging from Dionne Warwick, Henry Mancini, Yanni and Harry Connick, Jr. to The Electric Light Orchestra, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson and Adele. Some of her TV appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Ellen DeGeneres, the Grammys, American Music Awards, the Oscars, Dick Clark's New Year’s Eve Countdown, VH1 Storytellers, The Voice and American Idol.