Mini-Global Mashup: Tibet Meets Colombia

SUN, JUN 12, 2022
1:00 PM

In-Person Tickets: $15/$12 Members

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Can't make it in person? This performance will be streamed live for FREE on Flushing Town Hall's YouTube Channel. (RSVP HERE to reveice the streaming link and reminder email!) 

The Mini-Global Mashups continue through December 2022! Curated by acclaimed trumpeter and composer Frank London (The Klezmatics), the Mini-Global Mashup series is bringing together two amazing global music artists along with accompanists for an afternoon of music, conversation and exploration. Post-show Q&A. 

Mini-Global Mashup: Tibet Meets Colombia presents Tibetan singer Yungchen Lhamo and Colombian artist Martín Vejarano, accompanied by guitarist Jorge Iván "Tito" Duarte. 

Yungchen Lhamo was born and raised in Lhasa, Tibet. In 1989, Yungchen Lhamo (which translates as ‘Goddess of Melody’) carried her baby son on a 1,200-mile journey, walking across the Himalayas from Tibet to India, then became the first Tibetan singer to achieve worldwide acclaim. Her first album, Tibetan Prayer, won the Australian Recording Industry Award for Best World Music Album in 1995. She was then signed by Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records label and released three more albums, Tibet, TibetComing Home, and Ama, between 1996 and 2006. In 2013, Yungchen released her fifth album, a meditational collaboration with Russian classical pianist Anton Batagov, on the Cantaloupe Music label. Her unique voice promotes sound healing and spiritual awakening, and has been described as: “Not only beautiful, but strong – her phrasing, control and depth of emotion are unsurpassed.” She has toured all five continents and performed, usually acapella, in opera houses, concert halls, cathedrals, rock and country music festivals, and in homes for the mentally ill and homeless.

"Pristine, gliding vocal lines." - The New York Times
"The sheer beauty of her voice: spine-tingling stuff."  - The Guardian (UK)
"Angel-voiced." - Newsweek

Born to a dancer/choreographer and a filmmaker/profesor in Bogotá, Colombia, Martín Vejarano was surrounded by the arts from an early age.  Martín's main focus has been the traditional musics from Colombia, with an emphasis in Gaita/Cumbia Music. He holds degrees in Jazz from The Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music and in Music Theory from The City College of New York. As an educator and music instructor, Vejarano is currently a teaching artist at Flushing Town Hall and a long time collaborator with the Center For Traditional Music And Dance, through which he has received the NYSEA Master-Apprentice fellowship to teach traditional Gaita Music, a number of times. Martín currently directs and leads four music projects: La Cumbiamba NY, Cumbia River Band, Chia’s Dance Party and NYC Gaita Club. 

Tito Duarte earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music at INCCA University and his Master’s degree in Music Therapy at National University — both in his home country of Colombia. Then, he moved to New York to complete his Nordoff-Robbins Level 1 Music Training training at New York University. Tito also has extensive acting experience in television, theatre and radio production. He is extremely well-versed in native South American music. His main instrument is classical guitar. He also plays some piano and a traditional plucked-strings instrument called “Charango.”

This program is presented as part of Queens Rising, the month-long celebration of arts and culture in Queens. Click HERE to learn more about the Queens Rising events at Flushing Town Hall. 

LOCATION:  Flushing Town Hall Theater



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