Techung & The Wind Horses features renowned Tibetan singer/songwriter, Jhola Techung, composer/producer Michel Tyabji guitarist Rinzing Wangyal. Together, Techung & The Wind Horses creates a captivating international sound, rooted in the band members' Tibetan, Indian, African, North American, and Caribbean influences.
In Tibetan culture, Wind Horses (Lung-Ta) are brightly-colored prayer flags. The flags are a symbol of well-being and promote good fortune. Like the flags, we hope to celebrate and share good will, compassion and harmony with the world.
Techung & The Wind Horses' last album, Techung-Tibet-Lam La Che: On The Road (2013), with Keb Mo and poet Tsering Woeser, received four AWARDS at the 2013 Tibetan Music Awards: Best Album, Best Song, Best Album Cover Design and Best Love Song.
Jhola Techung is a Tibetan folk and freedom singer/songwriter living in exile in Dharamsala and New York. His dual goals are to revive Tibetan music in the Tibetan community and to expose the rich performing arts tradition of his homeland to the world community.
Techung grew up in Dharamshala, India, where his family and thousands of other Tibetans resettled from their native Tibet. At the age of 9 he was enrolled in the Tibetan Dance and Drama School now known as the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA). In his 17 years of residency at the Institute, he studied all aspects of the Tibetan performing arts - folk, court, and opera - through the oral teaching tradition used by venerated Tibetan elders.
After immigrating to the U.S., he co-founded the San Francisco-based Chaksampa Tibetan Dance and Opera Company in 1989. He worked for the Milarepa Fund, in San Francisco, on the Tibetan Freedom Concerts world series from 1995-97.
In addition to being looked up to as one of the key keepers of Tibetan musical traditions, Jhola Techung is also respected for the original solo and collaborative music he creates by drawing on both his own heritage and his familiarity with other world music traditions.
Jhola Techung's voice and music have been featured on the soundtracks of the IMAX film Everest, as well as feature and documentary films: Windhorse (1998), Dreaming Lhasa (2006), Blind Sight (2007), What Remains of Us (2004), Dalai Lama Renaissance (2008), Fire Under the Snow (2008), A Good Day to Die and Living Wisdom with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Michel Tyabji is a composer, performer, producer, arranger and recording engineer. Born in India and educated in England and the U.S., he has worked with a growing number of musicians from America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, whose work is gaining the appreciation of discerning listeners around the world. He is the co-creator of Hollywood-based Limitless Sky Records, through which he continues to release albums of critical acclaim (including three GRAMMY nominations).
His great aunt was amongst Mahatma Gandhi's favorite singers, his grandmother sang alongside Lata Mangeshkar, several cousins are among India's most well known film stars and both his parents made their livings in media. His father's job required the family move to a different country every few years and six years were spent in Thimphu, Bhutan. That is where Michel picked up his love and feeling for Himalayan sights and sounds. "Music has always been central to our family. I was taught by relatives and gurus from an early age that music is a kind of liberation".
Rinzing Wangyal was born in Darjeeling, India and attended Melody Academy studying guitar. He performed with various rock and reggae bands in New York City in the late 80's and his diverse musical interests include Eastern and Western Classical music, blues, funk, electronic and jazz. Rinzing has performed with accomplished musicians including Phiroj Shyangden of 1974D, Raju Lama of Mongolian Heart, Tsering Paljor/Tenzing of Rangzen Shonu (a prominent Tibetan band) and Shenpenn Khymsar/Tsering Purtag). He currently tours with Techung & The Wind Horses and assists in the development of young talent in New York.