33rd Annual Benefit Concert



Robert Thurman Remarks
Philip Glass Remarks
Stewart Hurwood performing…Lou Reed’s “Drones” 2:00
Laurie Anderson Song(s) from the Bardo 5:47 
Laurie Anderson Gee Whiz 7:00 
Laurie Anderson This is the Time Coda 5:47 
Resistance Revival Chorus 
Phoebe Bridgers Garden Song 4:00
Phoebe Bridgers Scott Street 5:27 
Matt Bernigner Walking on a String 4:14
Matt Bernigner Distant Axis 3:44 
Matt Bernigner Holes 5:40 
Tenzin Choegal Snow Lion 5:45 
Bettye LaVette The Times They Are Changin’ A 5:27
Bettye LaVette Isn’t It a Pity 4:53 
Bettye LaVette They Call It Love 5:06 
Sandra Oh When the Light Appears 5:18 
Margo Price Better Than Nothin’ 3:12 
Margo Price I’d Die for You 3:36 
Margo Price All American Made 4:09 
Patti Smith Band Rock ‘n’ Roll 5:40 
Iggy Pop We Are the People 4:00 
Iggy Pop I Wanna Be Your Dog 3:50 
Patti Smith About a Boy 6:54 
Patti Smith Don’t Say Nothin’ 5:30 
Patti Smith People Have the Power 8:00


Philip Glass: Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Philip Glass is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the Juilliard School. By 1974, Glass had created a large collection of music for The Philip Glass Ensemble. The period culminated in the landmark opera, Einstein on the Beach. Since Einstein, Glass’s repertoire has grown to include music for opera, dance, theater, orchestra, and film. His scores have received Academy Award nominations (Kundun, The Hours, Notes on a Scandal) and a Golden Globe (The Truman Show).  Recent works include an opera on Walt Disney, The Perfect American, Glass’s memoir, ‘Words Without Music’, by Liveright Books, and Symphony No. 11
Glass received the U.S. National Medal of the Arts from President Barack Obama in 2016 and the 41st Kennedy Center Honors in December 2018.  The LA Philharmonic premiered Symphony No. 12 in January 2019. Upcoming premieres include an original score for a new Broadway production of King Lear in March 2019, and a theater collaboration with director Phelim McDermott.

Laurie Anderson is one of America’s most renowned and daring creative pioneers. She is best known for her  multimedia  presentations  and  innovative  use  of  technology.   As writer,  director,  visual  artist  and vocalist  she  has  created  groundbreaking  works  that  span  the  worlds  of  art,  theater,  and  experimental music.   Anderson’s   live   shows   range   from   simple   spoken   word   to   elaborate   multi-media   stage performances.  She  has  published  seven  books  and  her  visual  work  has  been  presented  in  major museums around the world. Just a few of her many career highlights include her 2002 appointment as the first artist-in-residence of NASA which culminated in her 2004 touring solo performance ͞The End of the  Moon͟.   In  2007  she  received  the  prestigious  Dorothy  and  Lillian  Gish  Prize for  her  outstanding contribution to the arts. In 2011 she was awarded with the Pratt Institute’s Honorary Legends Award.   Her exhibition ͞Boat͟ curated by Vito Schnabel opened in May of 2012.  She has just finished residencies at both CAP in UCLA in Los Angeles and EMPAC in Troy, New York. Her film ͞Heart of a Dog͟ was chosen as an official selection of the 2015 Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. In the same year, her exhibition ͞Habeas  Corpus͟  opened  at  the  Park  Avenue  Armory  to  wide  critical  acclaim  and  in  2016 she  was  the recipient of Yoko Ono’s Courage Award for the Arts for that project. Anderson lives in New York City.

Tenzin Choegyal: Born to a nomad family in Tibet, Tenzin Choegyal grew up in the refugee community in northern India after his family fled intolerable repression in Tibet in the early 1970s. After moving to Australia in 1997 Tenzin quickly became popular on the festival circuit. He has collaborated with many notable musicians both in Australia and abroad, has released five albums and is Creative Director of the acclaimed Festival of Tibet in Brisbane, Australia. With his extraordinary vocal ability and skill on the Dranyen (Tibetan lute) and Lingbu, Tenzin creates original compositions, which uniquely reflect his cultural lineage. Through the Festival of Tibet, the Women with Wisdom concert series and home concerts throughout Australia, Tenzin Choegyal raises much needed funds for the Tibetan Children’s Village schools in India, which care for and educate thousands of children living in exile. Tenzin Choegyal’s much anticipated new album, Heart Strings, is due for release in January 2015.

Resistance Revival Chorus: Launched in Summer 2017 in response to the Trump presidency, the Resistance Revival Chorus is a collective of over 50 women who join together to breathe joy and song into the resistance, and to uplift and center women’s voices. The women range from Broadway performers, touring musicians, film and television actresses, solo recording artists, gospel singers, political activists and are led by Broadway singer and educator Abena Koomson-Davis. The ensemble was developed by organizers of the Women’s March: Sarah Sophie-Flicker, writer, director, performer, and strategic advisor to the Women’s March; Ginny Suss, VP at Okayplayer, cofounder and president of OkayAfrica and producer of the Women’s March on Washington; Shruti Ganguly, filmmaker and founder of Honto88; Alyssa Klein, writer/editor and director of social media for the Women’s March; Nelini Stamp, national membership director for the Working Families Party; and Jenna Lauter, senior government relations associate with Kasirer and a national organizer for the Women’s March. Furthermore, the chorus hosts a series of regular musical events, Resistance Revival Nights, where the community gathers to rejuvenate our spirits and honor the protest songs that have historically been central to civil rights movements.

Rubin Kodheli (ko-thé-lee) (cello). Rubin composes music and has contributed compositions to the widely acclaimed film Precious (2009) among compositions for modern dance, orchestras and chamber ensembles. He also writes music for his band Blues in Space. A band consisting of electric cello, electric bass and drums. Rubin has performed with the most influential artists of the century including Philip Glass, Dave Douglas, Henry Threadgill, Meredith Monk, Lee Konitz, Joan Jett, Christian McBride and Laurie Anderson.
In March of 2017, Rubin performed with Laurie Anderson and Christian McBride at New York City’s Town Hall  as part of a new series called Improvisations which was hailed as one of the top 10 best jazz concerts of the year by the New York Times. In the same year Rubin collaborated with Philip Glass and Laurie Anderson as part of a series of concerts in London called American Style. Recently he has been performing his solo project called Escape. Compositions written for cello solo and electronics. Rubin’s favorite activity among other things is bowling.

Sandra Oh: Born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, Sandra started ballet lessons at the age of four and appeared in her first play The Canada Goose at the age of ten. She started working professionally at age sixteen in television, theatre and commercials. After three years at the prestigious National Theatre School of Canada, she beat out more than 1,000 other hopefuls and landed the coveted title role in the CBC telefilm “The Diary of Evelyn Lau” based on the true story of a tortured poet who ran away from home and ended up a drug addict and prostitute on the streets of Vancouver. Her performance brought her a Gemini (Canada’s Emmy) nomination for Best Actress and the 1994 Cannes FIPA d’Or for Best Actress.
Oh currently stars in BBC America’s critically acclaimed smash hit “Killing Eve” for which she won a historic Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series and 2018 and 2019 Emmy Award nominations for Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She has also received Critics’ Choice and SAG Award nominations for this role. Additionally, she hosted the 2019 Golden Globe Awards alongside Andy Samberg. The 3rd season of “Killing Eve” is set to premiere is set to premiere this spring, and ahead of the premiere BBC America has renewed the show for season 4.
Sandra won a Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for her role as Dr. Cristina Yang on the hit ABC series “Grey’s Anatomy,” as well she received two Emmy Award nominations. Previously, Sandra starred in the enormously successful Fox Searchlight feature film Sideways, for which she won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
On stage, Sandra starred in Death and the Maiden at the Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago and completed a sold-out run of the World Premiere of Satellites at New York’s Public Theater for playwright Diana Son.  She won her first Genie Award (Canada’s Oscar) for her leading role in Double Happiness, a bittersweet coming-of-age story about a young Chinese-Canadian woman – a performance that brought her much acclaim and secured her place as one of Canada’s rising young film stars. Never straying far from her theatre roots, Sandra has also starred in the world premieres of Jessica Hagedorn’s Dogeaters at the La Jolla Playhouse and Diana Son’s Stop Kiss at Joseph Papp’s Public Theatre in New York, a role for which she received a Theatre World award. She also performed the Vagina Monologues in New York. Recently, Oh was back at The Public in New York, in Hansol Jung’s “Wild Goose Dreams” which participated in the 2016 Sundance MENA workshop in Morocco.
Sandra was previously seen in the British production of Thorne: Scaredy Cat. Her additional feature film credits include Tammy, Defendor, Blindness, The Night Listener, For Your Consideration, Three Needles, Long Life Happiness and Prosperity, Under the Tuscan Sun, Sorry Haters, Ramona and Beezus, Rick, Bean, Guinevere, The Red Violin, Waking the Dead, The Princess Diaries, and Pay or Play. She also starred in Michael Radford’s improvised Dancing at the Blue Iguana, a bleak and raw view of life in a strip club in Los Angeles.  Her performance in Last Night, a Canadian film about the end of the world, led to her winning a second Genie Award for Best Actress in 1999. Most recently, she starred in “Catfight” opposite Anne Heche, and the animated feature “Window Horses”.
She moved to Los Angeles in 1996 to begin the first of six seasons as Rita Wu, the smart and sassy assistant on the HBO comedy series “Arliss,” for which she won the final Cable Ace award for Best Actress in a Comedy. Her additional television credits include HBO’s “Six Feet Under,” and Showtime’s “Further Tales of the City.”
Sandra resides in Los Angeles.

Iggy Pop: “A lot of what I did was: If you’re not gonna do it, I’ll do it for ya, I’ll do it first.” There’s a reason why many consider Iggy Pop the godfather of punk – every single punk band of the past and present has either knowingly or unknowingly borrowed a thing or two from him and his late ’60s/early ‘70s band, The Stooges. Widely acknowledged as one of the most dynamic stage performers of all time, Iggy Pop pre-figured both ‘70s punk and ‘90s grunge and has built a legendary career filled with both critical acclaim and fanatic cult success. There are never-ending migrations back to the Stooges’ three seminal LPs, starting with the classic self-titled debut of 1969, The Stooges, 1970’s Funhouse and 1973’s Raw Power, while some of Iggy’s iconic solo albums including Lust For Life, The Idiot, New Values, Zombie Birdhouse, Blah Blah Blah, Brick by Brick, American Caesar and the more recent Skull Ring, Preliminaires and Apres, along with many features and collaborations, have cemented his status as a true music innovator. Some of those albums produced anthemic sounds like The Passenger, commercially successful collaborations like Candy (with Kate Pierson) and hits featured in cult movies (Lust for Life and In the Death Car). In 2010, Iggy and the Stooges were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Iggy makes a welcome solo return to the live stage in 2015 after successfully touring the globe with The Stooges for the last decade.

Patti Smith: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Patti Smith has had a very notable career. In 1975 Smith’s first recording, Horses, was inducted into the National Recording Registry then in 2010 at The Library of Congress by the National Recording Preservation Board. Represented by the Robert Miller Gallery in New York since 1978, her art has been exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide. Patti Smith was awarded the honor of “Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres” from the French Ministry of Culture, and has been awarded honorary doctorates from several other institutions. In addition she has received prestigious awards representing lifetime achievement, significant achievements in music and The Kathryn Hepburn Medal which recognizes women whose lives embody the same drive and accomplishments as the four-time winning actress. Her 2010 acclaimed memoir, Just Kids, was awarded the National Book Award. She is a four-time Grammy nominee, most recently nominated in 2017 for the spoken word recording of her latest book, M Train, and a Golden Globe nominee for the song Mercy Is from the film Noah. Patti Smith and her Band continue to tour worldwide as well as lend support for human rights issues.

Jesse Paris Smith is a composer, pianist, and multi instrumentalist. She performs globallyin multiple configurations, including Tree Laboratory- her music production company with Eric Hoegemeyer, specializing in sound and music for film. Her compositions have been commissioned for art installations, book soundtracks, and live film score performances. She is a graduate of the Sound and Music Institute, trained in integrative practices of music and sound therapy. She is on the Associate Board at Tibet House US, curating a weekly event called Mindful Music and Sound Series and is a regular participant of the Tibet House US Annual Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall. She also co-curates and hosts Talkingstick, a monthly true storytelling and music event at the Rubin Museum of Art. In September 2014, with cellist, Rebecca Foon, she launched Pathway to Paris, a year long event series and online portal, focused on innovative solutions for climate change.

Scorchio Quartet
Lorenza Ponce, violin
Katie Jacoby, violin
Martha Mooke, viola
Leah Coloff, cello

Scorchio is a cutting edge electro-acoustic string quartet that made it’s debut at Carnegie Hall performing with David Bowie at the 2001 Tibet House Benefit Concert. Scorchio has performed with Philip Glass, Trey Anastasio, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Michael Stipe, Sturgill Simpson, Regina Spektor, David Byrne, the Kronos Quartet and others and are featured in the documentary “Inside the Perfect Circle: The Odyssey of Joel Thome”.
Scorchio played on Bowie’s 2002 release “Heathen” produced by Tony Visconti and “Trey Anastasio and the Scorchio Quintet: Live from Princeton”. They have performed with Blur at Madison Square Garden and Damon Albarn at Bonnaroo, the Governor’s Ball and on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

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