Friday, December 21, 2012

Tibet2Timbuk2 "Music is Life" tour with Taro Terahara

Taking advantage of bansuri whiz Taro Terahara's presence, Tibet2Timbuk2 embarked on a 3 weekend tour entitled "Music is Life" (after our award-winning debut CD).  First up we headed up the Sunshine Coast to play a home concert in Doonan (near Noosa) and were blessed to be able to play in the Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhism Institute's Gompa. The following weekend we made a long drive down to Blue Mountains via Bellingen and Wauchope, and on the final weekend played 3 shows in Gold Coast, Nimbin and Ocean Shores. Each of the shows kept getting better and better as we tuned in with each other and our songs, especially inspired by the magical element of Taro's bansuri. What an awesome band!

Thanks to all the organisers - Pratika and Maia at Doonan Bhavan, Maureen at Chenrezig, Ben from Roots Records in Bellingen, Krissa and Wauchope Arts Council, Meg in Blue Mountains, Nicole in Gold Coast, Dana of Spirited Events in Nimbin and Paul of the Temple of Melodious Sound in Ocean Shores!!!

Tibet2Timbuk2's next show will be at the Festival of Tibet at Brisbane Powerhouse on Feb 1, 2013.

Tibet2Timbuk2 in Bellingen Memorial Hall, Fri 30 Nov 2012

Tibet2Timbuk2 in Wauchope Community Arts Hall, Sat 1 Dec 2012

Tibet2Timbuk2 in Leura Palace (Blue Mountains), Sun 2 Dec 2012
Tibet2Timbuk2 in Leura Palace with organiser and hostess with the mostess, Meg Benson (and Taro's wife and chief CD salesperson Yuriko)

Tibet2Timbuk2 in Nimbin School of Arts Hall, Sat 8 Dec 2012

Yuki joined our tour for the last weekend and opened concerts with mantra and bhajan.
Tibet2Timbuk2 in Temple of Melodious Sound, Ocean Shores, Sun 9 Dec 2012

Classical concerts and cricket with Taro Terahara

This summer we are lucky to have bansuri master and good friend, Taro Terahara staying in Brisbane for 3 months. He'll be staying up to the Festival of Tibet in early February. Soon after his arrival in early November, we did a short round of Indian classical home concerts in Woombye (Sunshine Coast), Oxley (Brisbane) and Myocum (Byron). The Woombye and Oxley concerts were quite well attended, but in Myocum we had our first ever zero-attendance concert. Bit of a promotional shortfall there, plus bad timing coinciding with the big Eclipse Festival up in Cairns, which a lot of Byron folks went to.  Thanks very much to Sim Symons in Woombye for hosting a wonderful concert to open our tour.  Thanks also to everyone who came along and enjoyed the music.

Shen and Taro in Woombye

Shen and Taro at The Light House in Oxley, Brisbane

After the weekend of concerts we went to our first ever live cricket match - Australia vs South Africa test, day 4, at the Gabba Cricket Ground.