With support from Deep Cabaret featuring Jay Stilwell
BBC Radio 3 Introducing artist Ngawang comes from long line of famous Nomadic singers in the Amdo region of Tibet – a beautiful but harsh environment known for fine horses and wild grasslands. He plays traditional nomadic ballads and contemporary Tibetan folk songs performed on electric Mandolin & Dramnyen lute.
His family herded Yaks & sheep and taught Ngawang his unique repertoire of mountain songs from an early age and his brothers taught him the ancient art of the Dramnyen six-string lute which he smuggled into the Buddhist monastery which he was required to attend.
He brings with his music a remarkable story of leaving Tibet by walking alone for 18 days and 250 miles across the Himalayas to Kathmandu in Nepal to pursue a life where he could express himself freely.
Interest in Ngawang’s courageous back-story led to a very special invitation to "open” for the Dalai Lama prior to a public talk at the O2 Arena in September 2015. Further live shows across the UK followed in the autumn along with a debut Cassingle of his composition Gratitude and a BBC Music short film entitled From Buddhist Monk to Rock Star.
Deep Cabaret is now a 6 piece band. Ben McCabe plays drums, Matt Robinson bass and other clarinets, Paul Sherwood hurdy-gurdy and bagpipes, Maja Bugge cello & Jayson Stilwell overtoning & percussion. Steve Lewis, as ever, guitar & vocals.
Think desert blues improv with voices, hurdies, cello, pipes and reeds. Sparkling jazz, rooted fol, torching vocals and guitar played as only a drummer could.