Starting at the age of eight, Namgyal Lhamo, recognized by many as a child prodigy; trained for fourteen years under great masters of Tibetan Opera and Classical Music at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (www.tibetanarts.org) set up by H. H. the Dalai Lama. She went on to become the star performer of the TIPA. Through this passage she stepped into the tradition of the various kinds of classical and folk music of her country. Her interpretations of the Nangma and the Toeshe, Tibetan classical songs from the 17th century, have been universally acclaimed and she has been christened The Nightingale of Tibet. Melong Band Melong is a Tibetan rock band based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The only Tibetan rock band in the United States, Melong released its debut album titled “Notes in Exile” on July 6, 2009 to coincide with the birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The album comprised of all original songs composed by the band members and received rave reviews in the community. Melong’s music is a combination of different genres influenced by rock, reggae and blues. The band excels at incorporating traditional Tibetan instruments like Dranyen and Piwang into the songs which makes their sound unique and interesting. Last summer, the band performed in Minneapolis, Chicago, San Francisco and New York as part of an awareness raising campaign called the Tibetan Freedom Tour.