Chogyi Lama, 20 year old guitarist/singer/writer/producer from Woodstock, New York, is a shapeshifter—moving intuitively across genres and styles, embodying whatever he is playing. Sitting in with some of the industry’s most inspiring artists, he has come to be known as a remarkable guitar player with elegance, power and humility far beyond his years. While his original songs and Neo-Soul vocals are reminiscent of a young Maxwell or D’Angelo, his guitar playing is fierce yet fluid and his live shows bring out the Funk. Headlining as Chogyi Lama, he also regularly performs in support of 420 Funk Mob, Simi Stone and was recently spotted at the exclusive private venue, Soho House with Mr. Reed. His work with Darryl Jenifer & Gary Miller (Doctor Know) has brought him to both RIOT and Growlers Fest stages— performing with Bad Brains and into the studio with artists Lenny White, John Medeski, and Denzel Curry among others (be on the lookout, for more of that). His shows call out diverse, multi-generational audiences who he continues to surprise and inspire. 
Chogyi has been busy producing upcoming talent, nurturing collaborations and working on original music.  Most recently, he kicked off the season at Bethel Woods Center For The Arts—the site of the Original Woodstock Festival, where he will return, as part of the celebrations, on the weekend of the 50th Anniversary. 

While lending his talent to others, he also found the time to  independently release “Karma”— written, played, recorded and produced in his home studio (powered by a crashing dinosaur of an Imac). The choice to single-handedly create this work was one that afforded him full freedom of expression. It’s out on all platforms

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Notably professional when sharing the stage, the list includes, but does not end with, Jon Anderson, Scott Petito, Jerry Marotta, Dan LittletonJohn Sebastian,  Aaron Freeman (Gene Ween), Brendan SmallMarcus Machado, Mike KeneallyBlack Rock Coalition Orchestra, Corey Glover, Ike Willis, Sara Lee, Graham Nash, Scott Ian, and Gibby Haynes.


Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Hazel, Wes Montgomery, Eric Gales, Mateus Asato, Joey Eppard and 3, Curtis Mayfield, Isaiah Sharkey, Miles Davis, D’Angelo, Andy Timmons, Dr Know, Plini, Mario Camarena/Erick Hansel – Chon, John Scoffield, Eric Johnson, Derek Trucks, Jimmy Herring and Alan Holdsworth

Some things you may not have known….

  • At seventeen months old, Chogyi began working with Jazz musician Jayna Nelson’. Originally hesitant to take on someone so young, she was pleasantly surprised to find him to be her most attentive and focused student––of any age. Her work focused not on instrumentation or theory, but rather, connecting neurological pathways with relationship to sound and vibration. They worked together, weekly, until sometime around age six.
  • It was Woodstock area musician, Joey Eppard’s percussive style that inspired Chogyi to pick up the guitar at three years old… Beginning with a video of five or so of Joey’s songs followed by one guitar lesson, the two developed a close bond which continues to this day. 
  • With a bit of teenage reluctance, Chogyi joined Paul Green’s Rock Academy as a drummer in 2014. Within a week, Paul convinced him to pick the guitar back up, which he hadn’t touched in about seven years. Taking on more than twice the workload of the most students––switching off between the guitar and drums––he rose quickly to become one of the Academy’s MVP players.
  • As the grandson of Richie Havens, Chogyi is honored to celebrate the momentous fifty year landmark of the Original Woodstock Festival. While it is an honor to come from such a lineage, he chooses not to lead with his heritage.  It is not easy for any artist to come up in the footsteps of a legend. An agile and versatility adept musician, it is Chogyi’s wish that his music speaks for itself, while honoring his grandfather’s legendary contributions to the history of music across the globe. “We recognize it is not always easy to embark on a musical career following in such footsteps,” noted Darlene Fedun, Bethel Woods Chief Executive Officer. “However, Chogyi is gracefully leading audiences to the next generation of talent and artistry. Bethel Woods is honored to have had him kick off this commemorative season and look forward to supporting Chogyi throughout his career.” 



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“If more people could play like 20-year-old Chogyi Lama, who dazzled a big crowd for more than 2 1/2 hours on Thursday night at Woodstock’s Colony, the guitar would still rule! Richie Havens’s staggeringly gifted grandson sang and played with assured grace and guts. An electric trio configuration blew us away with ‘Voodoo Child’ and ‘Little Wing’ after an early acoustic medley swept through ‘All Along the Watchtower’ into ‘Little Red Corvette.’ I heard strong traces of the immortal Shuggie Otis in his own writing. I’ve seen many dominant guitar greats on stage in their prime: Richards, Hendrix, Gill, Clapton, Young, Allman/Betts, King, Kaukonen, Townshend, etc. This phenom’s prime awaits, but man …” —Peter Christian Hall

Big thanks for this killer review in a time when show reviews are few and far between! 


“He’s got a really soulful vibe voice,” says Debra Devi in regards to Lama. “His guitar playing is also out of this world.”

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“On March 29th, musician Chogyi Lama, grandson of singer-songwriter and guitarist Richie Havens, performed at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts at the historic site of the 1969 Woodstock festival to officially open the nonprofit cultural art organization’s Season of Song and Celebration. (READ MORE)


“No legend in the making is impervious to the first gush of early praise. But a roster of remarkable players have much to say on behalf of Chogyi Lama…”  (READ MORE)


“Chogyi Lama is the real deal, a true genius when it comes to guitar and other instruments, he is the grandson of Richie Havens and Yung Genius of Brains fam, he’s currently starting production on multiple projects, also kids a sic skater” (READ MORE)

“To recreate this album in its entirety, bassist-bandleader Scott Petito assembled a large group of the Hudson Valley’s top musicians of multiple genres to present “The White Album: 50 Years” at Woodstock’s Bearsville Theater…” (READ MORE)



Bad Brains played a secret set at Darryl Jenifer’s art show (pics, setlist HERE)

“The music started with Daryl, Jamie, Chogyi and drummer Benny who I believe called themselves The Pyramid. For the second song, the Bad Brains took over the stage and played the reggae song “Jah Love” followed by “Youth Are Getting Restless,” which got the crowd going. Things stepped up further when the played “Re-Ignition.” Then there were more surprises. Randy Blythe of Lamb of God took over…” (READ MORE)

“Chogyi Lama, 16, and Calvin Alfaro, 17, will serve as musical directors for an event designed to showcase Earth Guardians New York. The new, Woodstock chapter of a global coalition of youth focuses on solutions to climate change and protection of the environment.” (READ MORE)


A Rough Reel… 

With Daniel Littleton at Colony Cafe in Woodstock, January 2019

With Bad Brains @ RiotFest 2017

With Mind Power & Bad Brains @ Okay Space in Brooklyn, NY May 2017:


Click for some photos from Okay Space

With Aaron Freeman–Gene Ween Does Billy Joel August 2017:


Voodoo Child cover

American Sun Guitars Demo





Thursday, September 26, 2019, 8:00 PM EDT Doors at 7:00 PM (Add to Calendar) Colony, 22 Rock City Road Woodstock, NY 12498 (View Map)

Get Tickets HERE







Yasgurs Farm Reunion Thursday August 15th w/ 420 Funk Mob



Chogyi Lama @ Bethel Woods Center For The Arts

August 17th, 2019 4:00-5:30 pm Second Stage at Pre-(Santana & Doobie Brothers) Show Festivities have been added to Bethel Woods Center For The Arts Anniversary Weekend celebrations.***This show is only accessible to current Santana ticket holders

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Chogyi Lama,

Fox & Crow, Jersey City | 

  More (HERE)


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Chogyi Lama At The Falcon Underground

Saturday July 27th, 8-10


“1969: When Woodstock Changed the World” A conference at Marist College

June 12th  In support of a Woodstock Festival panel discussion moderated by Wade Lawrence, director of the Museum at Bethel Woods. (learn more HERE)

The Great Hudson River Clearwater Revival
The oldest and most noted Music & Environmental Festival is turning 50!
June 15th
(3:00 on the Sloop Stage). 
Learn more (HERE)

Sitting in with Marcus Machado & Friends at the Blue Note


W/ 420 Funk MOB led by Mike Clip Payne (Parliament Funkadelic)  

Friday Jul 12, 2019 Space Ballroom

Doors: 7:00 PM Show: 8:00pm All Ages




Thursday April 4th at The Colony Cafe

CHOGYI LAMA with special Guests Daniel Littleton  and Olivia Gabriel 

(Check out a killer review of this show HERE)



F79AF6B1-1C29-472A-B425-18E311924DEEFriday March 29th––Chogyi performed a short set at a sneak preview of  the Woodstock Festival 50th anniversary exhibit “We Are Golden” as a precursor to  Bethel Woods Season Opening of The Museum 

**The exhibit will run for the entire season***


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With Simi Stone @ Colony Cafe

Valentine’s Day, 7:00 pm Doors–8:00 pm Show




With Clip Payne’ 420 FUNK MOB

8:00 pm Doors

9:00 pm Show






@ The Falcon Underground–Marlboro, Saturday October 20th





@ The Lodge– Woodstock, Friday, November 2nd 9:00 pm Show




Rockwood Music Hall––In The Historic Back Room Theater [enter via Wall St]

Friday, November 23rd

$15 adv / $20 door | 16+ | 7PM Doors / 8PM Show

The White Album 50 Years @ Bearsville Theater,

Saturday, December 1st

Catch a snippet HERE 



chogyi marlon kaliBearsville Theater, Saturday September 8th

CD Release Party

(One of the last shows at Bearsville Theater in its latest incarnation)





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With Bad Brains at RIOT FEST August 2017



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Chogyi Lama, Calvin Alfaro, Olivia Gabriel & Donahue

Bearsville Theater, Tuesday July 3rd 2018

(Packed House)


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With Mind Power & Bad Brains at Okay Space


Karma––Written, Produced and Released 9/8/18

It’s out on all platforms.






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JUST DROPPED: Guitars on Fire Vol. 2 ––An all new Sample Loops, Stems & Midi Kit which was produced by Kali Dossantos (LuciDreamz) & Chogyi Lama. Guitars on fireUsing real guitar recordings, in additional other instrumentation, this pack will give you those Lil Baby, Gunna, Wheezy, Turbo vibes you’ve been looking for. Chop the samples up, or use the pre-arranged samples and just add drums. Multiple ways to flip these samples, with the included stems and midi files!

What you get with this kit:

10 Original Guitar Samples

Additional Instrumentation to compliment the live guitars.

Tracked out stems of all instruments used

Midi files of the additional instruments used

Peep a preview on Soundcloud




Sitting in with some friends: 

Marlon Dubois—Toyota (feat. Chogyi Lama)

Tumble (feat. Chogyi Lama)


In Honor of our Songbird Crane, Anna Dooley. Rest In Power: