The Sensible Sound

Although Choying Drolma’s name has never before appeared In these pages, long-time readers will surely recognize the name of Minnesota guitarist Steve Tibbetts, one of my musical heroes.

What Steve has done on Chö is to produce an utterly compelling musical synthesis by recording traditional Tibetan singing and then weave into it synthesized and acoustic layers of sound that truly capture the imagination. Listen to Chö on a small system rather casually and you will hear an interesting voice with some accompaniment; however, listen to it carefully on a big system and you will be astonished by the subtle depths of sound that Tibbetts has crafted.

Cynics will listen grudgingly, thinking this must be some sort of gimmick, but all but the most frozen of hearts will be won over by the sincerity of Ms. Drolma’s singing and all but the most wax-laden of ears will be won over by the sheer sonic splendor of the recording.  This is a recording to treasure.

-Karl Nehring

Choying Drolma and Steve Tibbetts
Philadelphia, 1999