Ani Chöying Drolma grew up under the tutelage of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche at the renowned Nagi Gompa nunnery in Kathmandu. Since recording her first professional album of Buddhist hymns with Grammy-winning guitarist Steve Tibbets in 1992, Ani Chöying’s outstanding singing voice has received international recognition. Her chants have served to inspire the hearts of not only Buddhist devotees but also those of other faiths in Nepal and elsewhere in the world.
"Over the past few years, the music of Tibetan monks has gained a massive audience, with Western listeners finding refuge from the rat race in the chants and songs of the East. Those same medicinal properties are at the core of this breathtaking collaboration between veteran Minneapolis guitar wizard Steve Tibbetts and Chöying Drolma, a Buddhist nun whom Tibbetts met and recorded at a small monastery in Nepal. When Tibbetts returned home with the tape of Drolma’s supernatural vocals he added some instruments to the songs and sent the tape back to the nunnery as a gift, and to Rykodisc and Hannibal Records, who decided to release it. The result is “Chö” (English translation: “cutting”), a beautiful pastiche of celestial songs that evokes a tenderness, optimism and appetite for life that cuts through in any language. Tibbetts’ understated instrumentation nicely complement the nuns’ disciplined chants, to the point where it sounds as if they’ve been collaborating forever.” St. Paul Pioneer Press
All profits from her CDs go directly to the education and well-being of Buddhist nuns at Nagi Gompa in Nepal.