New! Listen to "Spider" off of the third album "Mask Maker" released May 2015!!!
Rockwood Ferry is the name of singer-songwriter Tenzin Chopak's projects and ensemble.
Reviewers have referred to his work as "progressive chamber folk", while audiences and critics have praised performances as "incandescent", "mesmerizing", and
NEW ALBUM "MASK MAKER" JUST RELEASED MAY 2015!
NOW AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD HERE, ORDER, OR BUY IN PERSON!
Review of Rockwood Ferry's third album "Mask Maker" 2015:
"In the most ambitious album from Rockwood Ferry to date, Tenzin Chopak’s Mask Maker is a mature, complex, dynamic and completely engaging demonstration of musical evolution at its finest. Chopak returns as an impeccable story-teller, and shows he has no intention of relaxing his pursuit of excellence.
The prior recordings were undeniably beautiful in their artistry, but Mask Maker exhibits a sophistication of both music and production revealing them as stepping stones. While some musicians are content to repeatedly churn out the same style and presentation that might have garnered them creative and critical success, it takes someone comfortable with stretching the limits - with pushing their personal boundaries - to move beyond and reach new ground. Chopak has proven with this album that he has no qualms about exercising new artistic muscle, and the result is at once satisfying to this long-time listener and at times breathtaking in its freshness, while remaining extremely accessible as a stand-alone work.
From the haunting melody weaving in and out of syncopation with the beat in “Spider”, to the soaring lyrical arrangement of “Coyote”; the signature self-introspection of “How To Swim” and the title track; and the three-part “Aurora” reflecting a clear appreciation of an ongoing tradition of “suites” in modern progressive music; Mask Maker has a wealth of variety that holds the attention. Each song is a gem, but they also hang together as a group in ways that harken back to the 1970s, when albums were made to be listened to in their entirety rather than chopped up and distributed as individual digital nuggets. It is in fact one of the most “repeat playable” albums I have heard in a while, continuing Chopak’s streak of creating collections of songs for the long haul.
The overall production of the album is just about perfect, which is really not surprising given the talent involved. Regulars Eric Aceto on violin, Rich DePaolo on bass guitar, and Bill King on drums, joined by Peter Dodge on flugelhorn, complement Chopak’s multi-instrumental performance (guitar, piano, cello, double-bass, banjo, accordion, and organ – accompanying, of course, his stunningly beautiful vocals) to give Mask Maker a full, intricate sound, further complementing the album’s long-term listenability.
All told, this is a masterful work, both in terms of words and music. With Mask Maker, Tenzin Chopak and Rockwood Ferry have set a high bar, and cleared it with consummate ease."
- Jonathan Hochberg, Finger Lakes Music Press
Reviews of the self-titled second album "Rockwood Ferry" 2013:
"Tenzin Chopak and company come up with another chamber-folk masterpiece... weaving an almost mystical spell for Chopak's compelling vocals."
Jim Catalano - Ithaca Journal
"Rockwood Ferry creates a work of strong and potent natural beauty. Fluid grace, swelling waves of sound, gentle harmonies and thoughtful words... something to be truly appreciated and enjoyed."
Tracey Craig - Rootabaga Boogie
Kate Orne Interviews Tenzin Chopak for Upstate Diary
In late summer 2014, award winning photographer Kate Orne came to interview and photograph Tenzin Chopak in his natural habitat at home in Ithaca, NY for her new online magazine Upstate Diary. It was a beautiful afternoon and Kate followed Tenzin as he wandered aimlessly around his house as usual playing music on various instruments and petting his cats. Kate asked Tenzin about his buddhist background, his work with film maker Tom Gilroy, his ensemble Rockwood Ferry and his artistic process. Check this article (click on picture of Tenzin with cello) and also the other wonderful artists such as Tom Gilroy featured in this amazing first edition of Upstate Diary!
Tenzin Chopak Collaborates with Film Maker Tom Gilroy
Tenzin Chopak (aka Rockwood Ferry here) had the good fortune to collaborate with film maker Tom Gilroy using extra footage from the feature film The Cold Lands. Tenzin composed the music and performed it together with Eric Aceto (violin). Our dear friend Greg McGrath edited the selections from the film and engineered/mixed the recording. Six other wonderful artists also made short films which can all be found on Salon.com. Click on the photo below to go to the interview and short film, and check out
The Cold Lands!
Wednesday July 8th
Tenzin Chopak Solo
Thursday July 16
Rockwood Ferry @ GRASSROOTS FESTIVAL!
Tenzin Chopak, Eric Aceto, Peter Dodge, Hank Roberts, Bill King, Jen Cork, Stephanie Agurkis
In the Dance Tent