WALPER SOCIAL feat. DORJEE TSERING and GREG HARRISON

  • Walper Hotel 20 Queen Street South Kitchener, ON, N2G 1V6 Canada

Grab a drink at the newly renovated Walper Hotel Crystal Ballroom Lounge and hear Tibetan singer/instrumentalist Dorjee Tsering and drummer Greg Harrison.

COVER $10 or PWYC

Open Ears invites you to enjoy food and drink in the newly designed Walper Hotel Crystal Ballroom Lobby as we celebrate the opening of #OE16. 

This casual night will feature Dorjee Tsering, a Tibetan musician living in exile. He will take you on a guided tour of Tibetan music, performing traditional songs and his own compositions, played on an incredible range of instruments and even involving traditional Tibetan step dancing.

The show will also feature drummer Greg Harrison, who will perform works written for drumset and electronics.

DORJEE TSERING | instrumentalist and singer

Dorjee Tsering, a Tibetan in exile, was born in India. Like his mother, Dorjee developed a passion for traditional Tibetan music which later led him to become a Traditional Tibetan singer and folk musician. After leaving high school, Dorjee joined the Tibetan Institute for Performing Arts (TIPA) in Dharamsala, India, which was founded by Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, to preserve Tibetan artistic heritage, especially opera, dance, and music. It was there that he mastered several traditional instruments including the dranyen, piwang, flute, and the yang-qin. He also learned Tibetan opera, and several styles of singing and dance.

After graduating from TIPA, Dorjee became a teacher there, while further pursuing his career by performing throughout India. In more recent years Dorjee has performed at several music festivals in Europe and across Canada. Throughout 2013 and 2014, he delighted North American fans by performing his well-known “One Hour in Tibet” stage performance, in which he invites the audience to feel and experience the beauty of Tibetan culture, as well as the ongoing suffering of his people. In 2015, the Năng CD was released; Dorjee’s first full blown East/West collaboration, featuring some of the finest musicians in Canada. His new band played a sold out CD release concert at the Small World Music Centre in May of 2015.

Currently, Dorjee lives in Toronto where he hopes to remain to continue sharing his sublime, exquisite and endangered culture.

GREGORY HARRISON | Drummer

Gregory Harrison (MMus., BMus.) is a freelance percussionist in Toronto. He has performed with a variety of artists/groups such as Cirque du Soleil, Reuben and the Dark, Video Games Live, R. Murray Schafer, Fred Penner, Mark Duggan, Beverley Johnston, and the Rose Orchestra to name a few. 

As an accompanist, Greg plays regularly for the dance studios of the National Ballet of Canada, Ryerson University, Toronto Dance Theatre, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, and Ballet Jorgen (George Brown College).  He has also been commissioned to compose works for CCDT, Random Acts of Dance (Fringe), Nuit Blanche, Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts, and Father John Redmond School.

Greg currently plays kit with his electronic groups: Falcon Punch (Blood and Biscuits, UK), b=d, and Monarch of Leisure.  He is also the founding member of the Toronto-based marimba duo, Taktus.  Their debut album Glass Houses for Marimba (Centrediscs) was included in CBC’s Top 10 Classical Albums of 2015. 

Greg also keeps close ties with his hometown Fredericton, N.B., where is regularly performs with Theatre New Brunswick and NB Summer Music Festival.  He also the co-creator of FUZE Fest, an annual contemporary music festival held every August in downtown Fredericton.  

Recipient of many awards, Greg Harrison was granted the SABIAN/PASIC award, granted to one promising Canadian university percussion student.