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April 27, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm$15 – $20
“An unmistakably singular sound” – No Depression
Reviewers have referred to his work as “progressive chamber folk”, while audiences and critics have praised performances as “incandescent”, “mesmerizing”, and “stunningly beautiful”.
Tenzin Chopak is an artist and songwriter based in Ithaca, NY. The son of a minister and an artist, and the brother of fellow musician and songwriter Greg Horne, Tenzin was immersed in music at home and through his father’s church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He studied voice, piano, and guitar in his childhood and youth, frequently performing his original music publicly both solo and in various bands. Chopak was also involved with visual art, theater, and modern dance. In 1999, after some years of a burgeoning devotion to the study of Tibetan language, philosophy, and meditation, 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. Teaming up with renowned banjo player Richie Stearns, violinist vocalist Rosie Newton, violinist Eric Aceto, and bassist Ethan Jodziewicz, he formed an ensemble he called Rockwood Ferry as a vehicle for his music. Since then, he released three albums under the Rockwood Ferry name (bringing in other respected players such as bassist Rich DePaolo, drummer Bill King, and horn player/multi instrumentalist Peter Dodge). His fourth and fifth albums were released within a few months of each other. The fourth album “Awful Good” (11/16) is an old-fashioned acoustic live in-studio style performance album with deep roots influences and sweet vocal harmonies featuring ensemble players Nicholas Walker on double bass, Rosie Newton on violin and vocals, and Greg Evans on drums. His fifth album “Alone in the House” (3/17) is a solo guitar and voice project recorded with one microphone in one day. Both albums were produced by multi Grammy winning engineer Brian Dozoretz.
Chopak’s sixth studio album was engineered by Angelo Peters at Black Bear Studios with Rosie Newton, Greg Evans, and Joey Arcuri, and is being released over several months in 2020 as a series of singles.
Chopak tours both as a solo act as well as with the collaborative original project Swamp Kids featuring Angelo Peters and Emmett Scott (Big Mean Sound Machine) and Chris English (The English Project). Swamp Kids released a 3 song ep titled Skeletons in December 2018 and will release an album in 2019.
In addition to performing live music, Tenzin Chopak has composed and recorded numerous scores for environmental conservation short films commissioned by several National Parks such as Lake Clark National Park in Alaska, Obed Wild and Scenic River NP in TN, Big South Fork NP in TN, and Olympic National Seashore. Chopak also composed and recorded the score for the ocean conservation film Fragile Legacy, and composed recorded and performed live a 30 minute piece for Corning Museum of Glass at the opening of their new wing in 2015. Chopak continues to compose for conservation efforts and has a deep love of our natural environment that permeates all of his musical efforts.
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