Karma Culture Brothers is a songwriter and composer.
His music is not commercial, it is conceived as news, as messages of freedom and information to the people.
Karma—born to Tibetan parents from Kham, who fled during the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959—was raised as a Tibetan Buddhist monk in the Swayanbunath Monastery, the Monkey Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal from the age of 7 to the age of 16. A talented musician, he was chosen to play drum and dung-chen, a 15-foot-long horn played in pairs, during monastery ceremonies.
After disrobing at age 16—his own personal decision—he continued to live in Kathmandu, where he explored the Newari, Nepalese, and Indian cultures and music.
As a young man, he also spent a lot of time living in the jungles of Kalalau, Kaua’i, Hawaii, where he mastered the bamboo and wooden flute.
Karma later lived in Alaska for around 15 years, soon developing a deep passion for its indigenous cultures. Culture Brothers was actually born as a duo, together with Carl Wassilie, Yup’ik, an Alaskan indigene.
Karma was based in India between 2012 and 2016, while he contested court cases to finalize the adoption of his beloved son Tenzin. Despite facing strong opposition from the Tibetan Children’s Village, Dharamshala, India, Karma and his wife Paola Pivi, who is an international visual artist from Italy, finally achieved full and final custody.
Karma is now based in Europe.