Ansa GaRangDengZhen — aka Zen — will bring his timely message of love and peace to Vancouver this summer. The Tibetan singer-songwriter and producer’s Songs From The Himalayas tour is slated to stop at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Aug. 13.
Zen is an award-winning artist at the forefront of a new generation, bringing inspirational folk and world music to the masses. Coming from Tibet’s snowy plateau, this musical genius brings unique styles and powerful vocals to Chinese music while accomplishing his dream teaching compassion and supporting charities worldwide. He showcases the untainted beauty of his ethnic voice with a contemporary yet simple musical concept, creating moving and masterful compositions.
He became a global sensation after winning a Chinese talent show and being recognized as one of the top singers of the year. He rejuvenated has Chinese folk music to the public during his world tours. In the process, he has won the Outstanding Artist Award in the United States, the British Charity Artist Award, and the Chinese Love Star.
He has a long history of activism, charity and humanitarian work that is reflected in his transformative art. Throughout his 20-plus years of singing, composing and performing, he was contributed music and raised funds for stem cell research, earthquake relief, leukemia, the International Children’s Fund and other human welfare causes. Zen has been an ambassador for the Canadian Liver Fund, the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, the Tibet Aid and Development Foundation, He also proudly served as the vice chair of the Tibetan Performing Arts Alliance.
In 2016, he was invited to attend the Canadian International Film Festival as a representative and won the Performing Arts Contribution Award. The following year, he participated in the week-long Canadian Golden Maple Leaf International Film Festival with the documentary Turning the Mountain of God with a Long Head and won the Single Award for Best Documentary Character. The documentary Seven Days and Seven Nights (2019), based on Zen’s musical path, won the Best Musician Award at the 23rd Hollywood Family Film Festival.
While promoting folk music overseas, Zen strives to spread the essence of Tibet’s culture of Tangka art. He co-operated with the Canada Vancouver Cultural Centre in 2019 and presented Vancouver’s largest Tangka culture and art exhibition, bringing Chinese ancient arts overseas, attracting tens of thousands of people.