BIO

Woodstock, a town well known for incubating incredible talent, has a new guitarist to boast—20 year old Chogyi Lama—the most exciting young musician to come out of New York in quite some time.

A versatile, multi-instrument artist, Chogyi is a Shapesifter, moving intuitively across genres and styles in connection with 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. His recent shows have called out his diverse, multigenerational audience who expected to hear some Hendrix, maybe some Zappa, and met a singer, songwriter and performer who continues to surprise and inspire them.

2017-2018 was spent performing with Simi Stone420 Funk Mob and others, including RYOT and Growlers Fests with the Bad Brains. Be on the lookout, for more from the Bad Brains fam and Chogyi’s been producing upcoming talent, nurturing collaborations and working on original music.  

In the midst  all of that, he 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-highhandedly 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, Michael Clip Payne & 420 Funk Mob, Mike KeneallyBlack Rock Coalition Orchestra, Corey Glover, Ike Willis, Sara Lee, Graham Nash, Scott Ian, and Gibby Haynes.

Some things you may not have known….

  • At seventeen months old, Chogyi began working with Jazz musician Jayna Nelson’. Originally reluctant 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 three times the workload of the other students––switching off between the guitar and drums––Chogyi rose quickly to become one of the academy’s VIP players.
  • As the grandson of the Legendary troubadour, Richie Havens, Chogyi is being called to celebrate this momentous fifty year landmark, leading audiences to the next generation of talent and artistry. Moving toward the summer marked by the Golden Anniversary of the Woodstock Festival, it’s no longer reasonable to keep his lineage under wraps.  
  • Sadly, Richie Havens, passed away one month before Chogyi’s first performance with the academy—missing the evolution of his grandson’s musical journey. It has not always been easy embarking on his own career as the grandson of a legend, but Chog carries the responsibility with grace. While it is an honor to come from such a lineage, he has never lead with his heritage.

An agile and versatilely adept musician, It is Chogyi’s wish that his music speaks for itself, as well as honor his grandfather’s legendary contributions to the history of music across the globe.

Influences:

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

MUSIC

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


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

It’s out on all platforms.

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Sitting in with some friends: 



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

VIDEO

With Daniel Littleton at Colony Cafe in Woodstock, January 2019


With Simi Stone, alongside Dan Littelton @ Colony Cafe on Valentines Day 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

 

 

SHOWS

COMING UP:


F79AF6B1-1C29-472A-B425-18E311924DEEFriday March 29th––Chogyi will offer 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

It is an honor to have been asked to kickoff the season celebrating 50 years since Chogyi’s Grandfather, Richie Havens’ iconic Festival opening performance in 1969

***This is a Private Event—The exhibit will be available for viewing the following day and run for the entire season***


Thursday April 4th at The Colony Cafe
DE56CF46-40EF-4F6F-99E4-1ED0B89570B1.jpegCHOGYI LAMA with special Guests Daniel Littleton  and Olivia Gabriel 


With Simi Stone––

Saturday April 27th, 2019

at Levon Helm’s Barn


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

June 12-14

Chogyi will perform at A Woodstock festival panel discussion moderated by Wade Lawrence, director of the Museum at Bethel Woods. 

Woodstock Experience August 9-11 (Schedule/date TBA)

Learn more HERE


SOME PAST SHOWS…

simi valentines day

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


CHOGYI LAMA & Friends

@ The Falcon Underground–Marlboro, Saturday October 20th


CHOGYI LAMA & Friends

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


W/SIMI STONE

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)

CHOGYI LAMA