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Tenzin Chopak

December 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


The Lunchtime Music Series is very informal and eclectic.  Musical styles range from solo jazz piano, to modern string duos to folk.  

  • Music starts a 1pm 
  • no cover – no reservations.
  •  Lunch is served concurrently from 11am – 3pm.

Tenzin Chopak

“An unmistakably singular sound”
No Depression Magazine
Tenzin Chopak (vocals, guitar, multi-instrumentalist), is an artist and singer-songwriter based in Ithaca, NY. Growing up in a musical and artistic family, Tenzin learned to love music in his father’s church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He studied voice, piano, and guitar in his childhood and youth. As a teenager Chopak regularly performed his original music publicly in various groups as well as solo. In 1999, after some years of a burgeoning devotion to the study of Tibetan language and religion, he traveled to North India. It was during his eight month stay there that he was given the name “Tenzin Chopak”. For the following twelve years, while continuing his study of Tibetan in upstate, NY, Tenzin kept music a quiet if not hidden part of his life.

In late 2011 he began to write and perform publicly again. Teaming up with renowned banjo player Richie Stearns, violinist vocalist Rosie Newton, violinist Eric Aceto, Harry Aceto, and bassist Ethan Jodziewicz, he formed an ensemble he called Rockwood Ferry as a vehicle for his music. Since then, he released three albums under the Rockwood Ferry name (bringing in other respected players such as bassist Rich DePaolo, drummer Bill King, and horn player/multi instrumentalist Peter Dodge), then a fourth and fifth album under his own name and has rapidly gained recognition for his songwriting, singing, and for his presence and joyful abandon in live performance. He now performs and records under his name “Tenzin Chopak”, and is known for composing and performing music that defies genre. Chopak is a multi-instrumentalist, but most commonly he performs with acoustic guitar and voice, both as a solo performer and with backing musicians.

Chopak recently released his fourth and fifth albums within a few months of each other. The fourth album “Awful Good” (released 11/16) is an old-fashioned acoustic live in-studio style performance album with deep roots influences and sweet vocal harmonies featuring ensemble players Nicholas Walker on double bass, Rosie Newton on violin and vocals, and Greg Evans on drums. His fifth album “Alone in the House” (released 3/17) is a solo guitar and voice project recorded with one microphone in one day. Both albums were produced by multi Grammy winning engineer Brian Dozoretz. His sixth album of original music, recorded and produced with violinist/vocalist Rosie Newton at Black Bear Recording Studios and engineered by Angelo Peters, is slated for release in Autumn of 2018.


December 30
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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