July 19, 2017
Live Music at 6-9pm Cost-Free
Please join us in welcoming Dechen Hawk to Bitto Bistro!
Rocked to sleep as a child to Stevie Wonder, Dechen Hawk's music ranges from beautiful ballads to serious backbeat funk. Hawk's sound is a refreshing new addition to the Neo-Soul movement. Though musical his whole life, it wasn't until the death of his father at age 14, and the search for a way to express that loss, that Hawk found his calling as a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. It was also at this time the Hawk was introduces to the music of Jeff Buckley, which influenced him heavily during this time of grief and musical exploration. Hawk's desire to create and express the joy and fragility of life has kept him busy for the past 20 years performing locally and internationally, sharing billings with such legends as Bruce Hornsby, Leon Russell, R.E.M., Ty Burhoe, Ron Miles, and the Fun Lovin' Criminals. During this time Hawk has written hundreds of songs, released 6 albums, been in numerous bands, played the role of talent buyer for various venues.
Originally from Austin, Texas, Hawk moved to Boulder when he was just 5 years old. “Colorado has always been my home,” he said in a CRAVE interview. “In my late teens and early 20s, I got my start as a musician performing regularly at the Pennylane coffee shop here in Boulder.”
“I feel blessed and I am grateful to be able to do what I love for a living in such a beautiful place.” – Dechen Hawk
Hawk describes his Colorado lifestyle as a “wonderful blend of nature and city life.” When he’s not teaching music privately, Hawk spends his days enjoying the Colorado outdoors with yoga, biking, hiking, or just hanging out by the creek with friends. “Moving my body is important to my health and peace of mind. Nature always helps to push my reset button,” he said. Most nights you can find him performing around town as a guest singer/musician or supporting other local talent from the audience.
A 2009 graduate of Naropa University, Hawk studied with Bill Douglas, Art Lande, and Janet Feder.