Benefit Concert – 2018


PRESS ARTICLES & REVIEWS

 


SET LIST

Monks – Chant
Opening Remarks
Los Vega  Sisquisiri 
Los Vega  Cascabel
Blood Orange/Dev Hynes – Etude #6
Blood Orange/Dev Hynes  Nobody’s Fault But Mine
Angel Olsen  White Fire
Angel Olsen  I Found A Reason
Stephin Merrit  Wonder Where I’m From
Stephin Merrit  Josephine
Stephin Merrit  1971 – I Think I’ll Make Another World
Rhiahnon Giddens – Pretty Saro
Rhiahnon Giddens – At the Purchaser’s Option
Patti Smith  For What It’s Worth
Patti Smith  Peaceable Kingdom
Resistance Revival Chorus – Woke Up this Morning wth My Mind Stayed On Freedom
Resistance Revival Chorus – Light In the Soul
St. Paul and the Broken Bones with Philip Glass  Broken Bones & Pocket Change
St. Paul and the Broken Bones – Flow With It
Techung – Karma Tatsok
Techung with Philip Glass  Gamp Lama 
Philip Glass  Etude #10 
Ben Taylor  Friday 
Carly Simon  Let the River Run 

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ARTIST BIOS:

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Philip Glass: Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Philip Glass is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the Juilliard School. In the early 1960s, Glass spent two years of intensive study in Paris with Nadia Boulanger and while there, earned money by transcribing Ravi Shankar’s Indian music into Western notation. By 1974, Glass had a number of innovative projects, creating a large collection of new music for The Philip Glass Ensemble, and for the Mabou Mines Theater Company. This period culminated in Music in Twelve Parts, and the landmark opera, Einstein on the Beach for which he collaborated with Robert Wilson. Since Einstein, Glass has expanded his repertoire to include music for opera, dance, theater, chamber ensemble, orchestra, and film. His scores have received Academy Award nominations (Kundun, The Hours, Notes on a Scandal) and a Golden Globe (The Truman Show). In the past few years several new works were unveiled, including an opera on the death of Walt Disney, The Perfect American (co-commissioned by Teatro Real, Madrid and the English National Opera), a song cycle entitled, Ifé, written for Angelique Kidjo, a new touring production of Einstein and the publication of Glass’s memoir, Words Without Music, by Liveright Books. In May 2015, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, performed the world premiere of a double piano concerto Glass wrote for Katia and Marielle Labèque. In November, the Washington National Opera will premiere a revised version of Glass’s opera, Appomattox, created in collaboration with librettist Christopher Hampton. He will celebrate his 80th birthday on January 31st, 2017 with the world premiere of his 11th Symphony.

Carly Simon: Since first appearing on the musical landscape in the early 70’s as a solo artist, Carly Simon has enjoyed an unparalleled career. She has released over thirty albums of music, chart-topping hit singles, multiple award-winning film scores including two Disney movies based on Winnie the Pooh, treasured children’s books, a New York Times bestseller, Boys in the Trees: A Memoir, as well as composed Romulus Hunt, a family opera. Her hit songs include “That’s The Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be,” “Anticipation,” “You’re So Vain,” “Nobody Does it Better,” “Mockingbird,” “Coming Around Again,” from Heartburn, and “Let the River Run” which was featured in Mike Nichols’ movie Working Girl and earned Simon an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Grammy, making her the first and only female artist in history to win all three awards for a single song as a performer and composer. She has been inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame as well as presented the prestigious Founders Award by ASCAP. Carly Simon has had an indelible impact on popular music and continues to create, influence and inspire.

angelAngel Olsen: How do you best describe Angel Olsen? From the lo-fi, sparse folk-melancholy of her 2010 EP, Strange Cacti, to the electrified, polished rock ‘n’ roll bursting from 2016’s beloved and acclaimed My Woman, Olsen has refused to succumb to a single genre, expectation, or vision. Impossible to pin down, Olsen navigates the world with her remarkable, symphonic voice and a propensity for narrative, her music growing into whatever shape best fits to tell the story. Phases, her latest collection culled from the past several years, comes at the ideal time – a quiet extension of what has been a monumental whirlwind of a year for Olsen. My Woman, one of 2016’s most universally extolled albums, catapulted Olsen, an already revered songwriter, into a larger, beaming spotlight. The record made regular appearances on year-end Top 10 lists in Pitchfork, Time, American Songwriter, Esquire, Newsweek, amongst other publications. My Woman was also awarded Album of the Year at the 2017 A2IM Libera Awards.

 

devonteDevonté Hynes/Blood Orange: Devonté Hynes is a producer, songwriter, and artist based in New York City. He has written and produced songs for a wide range of artists including Solange, Florence and the Machine, and Carly Rae Jepsen. Hynes also writes music under the moniker of Blood Orange, and has released three albums, Coastal Grooves, Cupid Deluxe, and Freetown Sound, on Domino Recording Co.

 

 

 

 

 

Los Vega: Los Vega is a music ensemble of traditional Son Jarocho who began as a project of the new generation of the Vega family. In their career they have recorded 5 albums, they have participated in traditional celebrations, festivals and concerts, and they have appeared in radio, TV and films. With the experience they have gained throughout their career, they have become professional, proudly displaying their music in national and international settings. In addition, all of the members of the group are among the best teachers of the tradition of Son Jarocho. The following musicians from the group Los Vega will be participating in this concert: Claudio Naranjos Vega, Raquel Palacios Vega, Fredi Naranjo Vega and Rosario Cornejo Duckles. In this instance the group will include the participation of Leo Heiblum, who has been Los Vega’s musical producer for many years and who is an accomplished film composer and promoter of traditional music, and also by Joel Cruz Castellanos from Santiago Tuxtla, Veracruz, another leader of this tradition, who was part of the group for several years. Thanks to bands like Los Vega, Son Jarocho is now alive and well and is spreading throughout the country among the new generations.

Mick Rossi: Performing diverse and progressive work rooted in the NY Downtown scene at venues including the Knitting Factory, The Stone, MoMA and most recently as curator and artist-in-residence at Spectrum NYC (Outliers Series), Rossi is celebrated as “an exemplar of the cross-fertilization between jazz and classical music worlds” and “one of the most lucid, original and creative minds of the New York scene” (All About Jazz). He is simultaneously a longtime member of the Philip Glass Ensemble as well as the Paul Simon band as pianist and percussionist, showcasing not only technical proficiency but capable of divergent idiomatic disciplines. He has appeared on eleven recordings with Philip Glass, and eight with Paul Simon (including “Koyaanisqatsi Live with the NY Philharmonic,” “Einstein On The Beach” and “Austin City Limits” respectively). Rossi has also conducted for Mr. Glass, including “Book of Longing” (Sydney Opera House) and “Dracula” with the Kronos Quartet. Rossi has served as music director and curator of the MATA Festival, music director of the Public Theater’s “The Bacchae” (dir. JoAnne Akalaitis), percussionist with Philip Glass and Laurie Anderson at Carnegie Hall, and conductor and co-orchestrator of Renée Fleming’s “Dark Hope.” Recent feature articles include The Sydney Morning Herald (“A prodigiously gifted musician and composer”) and Keyboard Magazine (“Pyrotechnics with Paul Simon”). Upcoming fall releases include recordings with John King and Peter Hess, respectively, and his recent score for the forthcomingfilm “Variant”.
Mick Rossi’s music reveals a commitment to a strong classical foundation and rigorous approach to improvisation. Rossi’s recent accomplishments include his “String Quartet No. 3” at Merkin Hall premiered by JACK QT (“Bartokian and energetic” – NY Times), “OMNI” commissioned and performed by yMusic, “Songs From The Broken Land” “…virtuosic, intense and humorous – a master improviser is at work” – AAJ (Orange Mountain Music), MoMA Live, and his tenth solo album “160” released by Innova (“A masterpiece difficult to label” – AAJ).

occ-logo_sigil_colorPatti 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.

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.

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Rhiannon Giddens: Singer-songwriter Rhiannon Giddens is the co-founder of the GRAMMY award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, playing banjo and fiddle. Giddens’ 2014 Grammy nominated solo debut, Tomorrow Is My Turn, blends gospel, jazz, blues, and country, and showcases her dazzling vocal prowess. Giddens follow-up album Freedom Highway, largely comprised of original songs, was released to widespread critical acclaim in February. She performed at the Obama White House and duets with country star Eric Church on his powerful anti-racism hit “Kill a Word.” Last year she received the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Singer of the Year and the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Bluegrass and Banjo and in 2017 won the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” award. In 2018, Giddens will be the guest curator for the Cambridge Folk Festival. Giddens also has a recurring role on the recently revived television drama Nashville.

 

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Stephen Merritt releases albums under the band names the Magnetic Fields, the 6ths, the Gothic Archies, and Future Bible Heroes. Merritt has written and recorded eleven Magnetic Fields albums, including his popular 1999 album, 69 Love Songs. The song “The Book of Love” was covered by Peter Gabriel and has become an unlikely wedding favorite. Merritt composed original music and lyrics for several music theater pieces, including an off-Broadway stage musical of Neil Gaiman’s novel Coraline, for which he received an Obie Award. Merritt scored the academy award nominated film “Pieces of April” (dir. Peter Hedges). In 2017, Merritt released his latest Magnetic Fields album, 50 Song Memoir, on Nonesuch. Additional information on Stephin Merritt can be found at www.houseoftomorrow.com.

 

 

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St. Paul and the Broken Bones, the high-voltage Birmingham, Alabama-based band recently released their second full-length album, Sea of Noise, which features an expanded eight-peace lineup of the widely praised soul-based rock unit. Longtime members Paul Janeway (lead vocals), Jesse Phillips (bass, guitar), Browan Lollar (guitars), Andrew Lee (drums), Al Gamble (keyboards) and Allen Branstetter (trumpet) are joined by Jason Mingledorff (saxophone, clarinet, flute) and Chad Fisher (trombone). The album is a successor to the Broken Bones’ 2013 debut Half the City, which introduced the group’s blazing mating of ‘60s soul fire- daubed with latter-day influences like Sly Stone, David Bowie and Prince – to Janeway’s impassioned singing and writing while the new album witnesses a deepening and broadening of the unit’s musical reach and lyrical concerns. For more information please visit http://stpaulandthebrokenbones.com.

Techung is a Tibetan singer/songwriter living in exile in New York. In addition to being looked up to as one of the key keepers of traditional Tibetan musical traditions, Techung is also respected for the original solo and collaborative music he creates by drawing on both his own heritage and his familiarity with other world music traditions.

Techung had the honor to open for His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s public speech in USA,Costa Rica and Japan. His latest album Techung-Tibet-Lam La Che (On The Road) (2013), with Keb Mo and poet Tsering Woeser received four Best awards in the category of: Best Album, Best Song, Best album cover design and Best Love song at the Tibetan Music Award.

 

 

Scorchio Quartet
Hailed as a cutting edge electro-acoustic string quartet known for its artistry and eclecticism, Scorchio made its debut at Carnegie Hall performing with David Bowie in the 2001 Tibet House Benefit Concert produced by Philip Glass. Since then, Scorchio has performed with Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Trey Anastasio, Iggy Pop, Michael Stipe, Rahzel, Sturgill Simpson, Flaming Lips, Sharon Jones, the Kronos Quartet, Vampire Weekend, Regina Spektor, David Byrne and many others including Tibetan musicians Tenzin Choegyal, Dechen Shak-Dagsay and Techung. Scorchio played on Bowie’s 2002 release “Heathen” produced by Tony Visconti and are featured on “Trey Anastasio and the Scorchio Quintet: Live from Princeton”. They have performed with Blur at Madison Square Garden and Blur frontman Damon Albarn at Bonnaroo, the Governor’s Ball and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Scorchio is featured in the documentary “Inside the Perfect Circle: The Odyssey of Joel Thome”.

PATTI SMITH’S BAND
Andy York (guitar & bass) is a guitarist, arranger and producer most notable for his work in the John Mellencamp band for the past 23 years. His other playing credits include Patti Smith, David Gray, David Johansen, Robert Plant and Donovan Leitch. He also co-produced and played on the last five Ian Hunter albums, including the 2016 release, Fingers Crossed.

Jay Dee Daugherty is most well known for having worked with Patti Smith since 1975, when her landmark album Horses was recorded. He’s since performed and recorded with a wide variety of artists.

Lenny Kaye is a founding member of Patti Smith and Her Band, and a musician, producer, and writer who has worked with such diverse artists as Suzanne Vega, Soul Asylum, Allen Ginsberg, Waylon Jennings, and Pussy Riot.  His 1972 compilation of garage-rock, Nuggets, was chosen by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the most important rock albums of all time. You Call It Madness, his book on the romantic singers of the early 1930s, was published in 2004 by Random House, and he is currently working on Lightning Striking, a journey through the legendary scenes of rock and roll for Ecco/HarperCollins. In 2017 Sony/Legacy released his production of Jessi Colter’s improvisations on the classic sacred poems that are The Psalms. He can be heard spinning discs weeknights on Sirius Radio’s Underground Garage.

Tony Shanahan (bass & piano) grew up in New Brunswick, New Jersey. As a musician, songwriter, and producer, he founded the Slaves of New Brunswick and was also part of the New York based Health and Happiness Show in the early ’90s. He has worked with artists such as Michael Stipe, David Gray, Ryan Adams, Robert Plant, Ian Hunter, Faith Hill, Aimee Mann, Natalie Merchant and Suzanne Vega. He has been a member of Patti Smith’s band for the past 20 years. The song “1959” from their album Peace and Noise, written by Smith and Shanahan was nominated for a Grammy in 1998.

 


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