Join Velvet Einstein on Thursday, October 27th @ 1:30PM when he hosts Tibetan singer-songwriter, Yungchen Lhamo, for a live-in studio interview ahead of her appearance at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on Sunday, October 30th.
Yungchen Lhamo was born and raised in Lhasa, Tibet. Her name, which translates as ‘Goddess of Melody,’ was given to her by a lama at birth. In 1989 she made the month-long, 1,200-mile journey across the Himalayan Mountains to Dharamsala, India, in order to pursue her dreams.
Yungchen later moved to Australia, where she began to sing prayers of meditation that inspired her to record her first album, Tibetan Prayer, which won the Australian Recording Industry Award (ARIA) for Best World Music Album in 1995.
Fast forward to 2022, where she is releasing her long-awaited sixth album, Awakening, through Six Degrees Records. With this album, Yungchen, who now lives in Upstate New York, explores the relevance of compassion-based spirituality to our modern-day, interdependent lives – each song reflecting topics that have become ever-more highlighted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
She has performed or shared a stage with numerous well-known artists, including Philip Glass, Michael Stipe, Billy Corgan, Beastie Boys, Peter Gabriel, Natalie Merchant, Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, Jewel, Bill T Jones, Laurie Anderson, Sir Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Lou Reed, Peter Rowan, U2, Paul Brady, and Sinead O’Connor.
Photo: David McIntyre