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The Music of Yungchen Lhamo: One Drop of Kindness

Asia Society New York
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Yungchen Lhamo is the one of the world’s most renowned Tibetan singer. Inspired by Tibetan mantras and spirituality, Lhamo’s music has been met with ecstatic critical praise worldwide, alternately described as "beautifully evocative," "mesmerizing," "spine-tingling," and "transcendent." Lhamo creates a space of sacred intimacy in her performance of her anticipated release of her new recorded album One Drop of Kindness: Inner Peace.

Lhamo will be joined by Bashiri Johnson on percussion and Bob Bottjer on guitar.


Yungchen Lhamo is a Tibetan singer-songwriter currently living in NYC. Her name, given to her by a holy man at birth, means “Goddess of Melody and Song.” As a teenager, she left her home near Lhasa and crossed the Himalayan mountains to Dharamsala to continue her Buddhist spiritual practice. Later, Lhamo moved to Australia, where, inspired to offer her voice to the world, she began to sing prayers of meditation that inspired her to create the album Tibetan Prayer, which won the Australian Recording Industry Award (ARIA) for Best World Album in 1995, making Lhamo the first Tibetan singer to win a prestigious music industry award.

Bob Bottjer is a Saugerties-based guitarist, who performs in various styles and genres on the guitar and Hawaiian steel. He has backed up artists such as Jamaica’s Ernie Smith, Indie singer/songwriter Vaughan Penn, and many others. He has performed and collaborated with Yungchen Lhamo on many occasions.

Bashiri Johnson is a New York City-based percussionist, who has appeared on many records, as well as in commercials, films, television, video games,and concert performances. He has recorded with such artists as Luther Vandross, Miles Davis, and Patti LaBelle, and has performed on stage with Sting, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie, Aretha Franklin, and Steve Winwood.

Presented as part of the April First Friday Leo Bar. First Friday is Asia Society’s unique happy hour, 6:00–9:00 pm, on the first Friday of the month, offering free museum admission, exhibition tours, refreshments, and more.