CD Review by Greg Barnett
Tibet2Timbuk2 was for this debut CD a trio of guys who, together with guest artists, provided a combination of music from Africa, India and Tibet.
‘Music is Life’ includes 2008 QSong BEMAC World Music Award winning piece, ‘Crane Song’.
The ensemble provides a solid and pleasant blend of esoteric and eclectic instruments serving as a musical bed under the central vocal which, on the opening track, surprisingly sounds like early Morrissey.
The instruments include dranyen, flute, guitar, keyboard, trumpet, bansuri, kora, tabla and other percussion.
Probably a result of the influences and intentions, many of the arrangement motifs in each song are quite repetitive … like mantras? … but are done with skill and to great effect.
Tibet2Timbuk2 are now well known and have performed at numerous festivals around Australia including Bellingen Global Carnival, Woodford Folk Festival and Queensland Multicultural Festival.
In 2017, they performed in front of 40,000 people at the Dhaka International Folk Festival.
9 tracks and 58:33 playing time. Card wallet with statement, players, tracks list and credits.