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Singing to the River: Sonic Meditation

Date & Time

Sun 29 May 2022
9am – 11am


Newstead Park,
Area 3


Bookings required: Humanitix




All ages

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Singing to the River is a sonic meditation set by the banks of the Brisbane River at Newstead Park.


This ritual musical experience, featuring renowned Tibetan musician Tenzin Choegyal, spiritual leader and meditation teacher Sailesh Chand and guitarist/composer Dr Anthony Garcia will be a healing community experience dedicated to building bridges between cultures and communities, uplifting our spirits and affirming our desire to evolve in harmony together.


The program is participatory so you can join in, sing, chant, meditate or simply relax and absorb the beautiful music.

Tenzin Choegyal

Tenzin Choegyal

Born to a nomad family in Tibet, Tenzin Choegyal grew up in the refugee community in northern India after his family fled intolerable repression in Tibet in the early 1970s.  Tenzin feels a particular connection to the music of the wandering people of his homeland and recalls his father’s mastery of the Lingbu (bamboo flute) and his mother’s beautiful singing voice.  He attributes much of his musical passion to those early influences. Although poor and separated from family, his memories of living at the Tibetan Children’s Village school in Dharamsala are happy ones full of music.  After moving to Australia in 1997 Tenzin found his musical wings and quickly became popular on the festival circuit, playing regularly at WOMAD and Woodford Folk Festivals.

Sailesh Chand Darshan

Sailesh Chand Darshan is a spiritual teacher, Vedic counsellor, inspirational speaker, musician and meditation teacher. He has practised meditation for more than 25 years and leads the musical programs in his temple. His musical groups have performed at Mind Body Spirit festivals (Brisbane, Sydney), Diwali festivals (Gold Coast, Brisbane) and local multicultural festivals (Zillmere Festival). He leads vedic chanting, sound meditation, qawalli and kirtan on a regular basis at yoga centres, his temple and at festivals. Soul Sounds is a multicultural, eclectic group of music lovers borne out of the devotional singing tradition. Soul Sounds have performed for a wide range of audiences at spiritual festivals and events in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney and Fiji. They fuse traditional Indian instruments such as table and harmonium with guitar, djembe and drums. They perform kirtan, chanting and qawalli.

Anthony Garcia

Dr Anthony Garcia

Anthony Garcia is a renowned guitarist, composer and educator who has performed and collaborated with creative practitioners across styles and cultures throughout Australian, Thailand, Japan, China, Europe, Mexico and the United States. His compositional output traverses ethnic, classical and jazz sound-worlds and includes acclaimed recordings with didgeridoo master William Barton and Latin harpist Sandra Real. Anthony’s love for teaching, sharing ideas and collaborating has led to the development of innovative education programs that foster inclusivity, intercultural experimentation, improvisation and composition.

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