One of the longest-running and most renowned live cultural events in NYC, the 32nd Annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert returns to The Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall on February 7, 2019 at 7:30PM for an evening full of amazing music and one-night-only collaborations. Joining esteemed composer and artistic director Philip Glass, who once again curated this year’s line-up, will be television personality Jon Batiste, founding member of New Order Bernard Sumner, psychedelic California rock band Chris Robinson Brotherhood and Tibetan artist, composer, activist, musical director and cultural ambassador Tenzin Choegyal with more artists to be announced soon.
There are few events that stand the test of time in the ever-changing Big Apple, and for more than three decades this annual event has been one of them. The consistently sold-out concert has assembled some of the biggest names in music and often dazzles concertgoers with its mix of unique musical collaborations, solo performances and many surprises.
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.
Jon Batiste: Born into a long lineage of Louisiana musicians, Jon Batiste is a globally celebrated musician, educator, bandleader and television personality whose musical skill, artistic vision and exuberant charisma has made him a triple threat and the newly “crowned prince of jazz.” Jon is recognized for his originality, jaw-dropping talent and dapper sense of style. Jon effortlessly transitions from commanding the piano with virtuosic skill to soulfully crooning to wailing on the “harmonaboard” (a hybrid of a harmonica and keyboard) to curating unique “social music” experiences all over the world, whether solo or with his band Stay Human.
Stephen Colbert currently hosts the Emmy Nominated late-night talk show “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”. From 2005 to 2014, he hosted “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central, following his eight years as a correspondent on “The Daily Show.” “The Report” received two Peabody Awards, two Grammy Awards, five Emmy Awards, and thirty-seven total Emmy Nominations. Stephen is the author of five books. His most recent publication, Whose Boat Is This Boat?, reached #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List. All of the proceeds for the book benefit the victims of Hurricane Florence and Michael.
Joe Duddell is a British composer, arranger and conductor renowned for his orchestral collaborations with artists such as New Order, Richard Hawley, Elbow, Steve Mason and Daughter.
Joe studied composition with Steve Martland at Salford University and Royal Academy of Music and was quickly signed by prestigious classical publisher Schott Music with multiple classical commissions including The BBC Proms, at the time the youngest composer to receive a Proms commission. His works have been performed around the world, most recently recording with the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios and for composition a new piece for world-famous soloists Hakan Harden berger and Colin Currie.
Joe started collaborating with bands in 2009 with the now infamous Elbow & The Halle for Manchester International Festival. This was followed by BBC Philharmonic Presents commissions with Richard Hawley and Nero with live broadcasts on 6Music and BBC Radio 1 respectively. He was invited by Composer Philip Glass to perform the Tibet House Annual Benefit at Carnegie Hall, performing with Iggy Pop and New Order. He went on to write the string arrangements for New Order’s album Music Complete, orchestrated their collaboration with ACO for Vivid Festival, and arranged their critically acclaimed show L(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) with a synthesiser orchestra for MIF. Joe is also an arranger for Burberry creating orchestral soundtracks for their catwalk shows.
Joe was appointed Composer-in-Residence at Festival No. 6 in 2011. For the past seven years he has curated a series of intimate Town Hall Sessions with an 8 piece classical ensemble and artists such as Daughter, Everything Everything, Steve Mason, Gaz Coombes, Charlotte Church, Blossoms, Temples, Tim Burgess, Nadine Shah and East India Youth. One of the most sought-after seats at the festival, these unique performances take place in Portmeirion’s Town Hall to an intimate audience of just 120 fans. www.joeduddell.co.uk @joeduddell
Debbie Harry: The name Debbie Harry evokes many images: seminal rock-n-roll figure, complex songstress, incandescent front woman and fashion icon. As a vibrant global force and a shaper of pop culture, Debbie’s chart-topping success, fearless spirit and rare longevity led to an induction into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame for Blondie in 2006, more than 40 million albums sold worldwide and acclaimed solo projects to boot. She has even engaged in an acting career with over 30 film and television roles to her credit. She has become and still remains a true national treasure, one whose influence continues to impact the worlds of music, fashion and art. With Blondie, undeniably one of the most trailblazing and influential bands of our time, she and co-founder Chris Stein brought the worlds of rock, punk, disco and ska together with “Heart of Glass” and “Call Me” and broke ground by combining hip-hop and pop on “Rapture.” Blondie’s most recent album, Pollinator, received much acclaim for its dynamic blend of their trailblazing sound and contributions from some of modern music’s greatest innovators that “pollinated” the new album with the very influences that Blondie imparted to them, including Sia, Dev Hynes, Charli XCX, Dave Sitek, Joan Jett and more. Blondie’s BEE Connected campaign launched on conjunction with the aptly titled album, raising awareness of the decline in the bee population. As a solo artist, Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards co-produced her first release Koo Koo in 1981 and she continued to defy expectations with such genre-busting efforts as “French Kissing in the U.S.A.,” “Rush Rush,” “Rain” and “The Jam Was Moving.” Her spectacular voice drips with a sophisticated elegance rarely heard in pop music and she continues to infuse her work with an exquisite artistic sensibility. From an irreverent Lower East Side punk goddess to bona fide international ambassadors of New York cool, DebbieHarry will forever be synonymous with that punk spirit that lives somewhere in all of us.
Leonardo Heiblum is a composer born in Mexico City. He owns “Audioflot” where he records and mixes everything that he produces. Original work, traditional Son Jarocho, and music from other composers, including “Spirit of the Earth” with Philip Glass and 2 Wixarika musicians, and “Introducing the Suso & Glass Quartet” with Foday Musa Suso, Philip Glass and Asher Delerme, where he also plays tabla.
He is working on the Encyclopedia Sonica, a music project created with sounds recorded by him.He has been doing music for films from all over the world for 20 years and has won major awards, including Fénix in 2018 and 2016 and Ariel in 2009, 2013 and 2014.
Films with his music have been presented and have won awards in the most important festivals in the world. The last 2 films with his music, Birds of Passage and The Silence of Others were shortlisted for the Academy Awards.
Jason Isbell has become one the most respected and celebrated songwriters of his generation. He possesses an incredible penchant for identifying and articulating some of the deepest, yet simplest, human emotions, and turning them into beautiful poetry through song. Isbell sings of the everyday human condition with thoughtful, heartfelt, and sometimes brutal honesty. His last two studio albums, The Nashville Sound, and Something More Than Free, both won Grammy Awards for Best Americana Album & Best American Roots Song. This October, Isbell and his band, the 400 Unit, released Live From The Ryman, a stunning collection of tracks primarily recorded during the group’s six sold out nights at Nashville’s legendary Ryman Auditorium in 2017. Rolling Stone remarked that the live album is “easily among the finest of the past decade, in any genre.”
Angélique Kidjo: Three-time Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo is one of the greatest artists in international music today, a creative force with thirteen albums to her name. Time Magazine has called her “Africa’s premier diva”. The BBC has included her in its list of the continent’s 50 most iconic figures, and in 2011 The Guardian listed her as one of their Top 100 Most Inspiring Women in the World. Forbes Magazine has ranked Angelique as the first woman in their list of the Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa. She is the recent recipient of the prestigious 2015 Crystal Award given by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and the 2016 Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award. As a performer, her striking voice, stage presence and fluency in multiple cultures and languages have won respect from her peers and expanded her following across national borders. Kidjo has cross-pollinated the West African traditions of her childhood in Benin with elements of American R&B, funk and jazz, as well as influences from Europe and Latin America. Angélique’s latest project is her interpretation of The Talking Heads’ classic 1980 album, Remain in Light. She recorded her version of the album with superstar producer Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Jay Z, Drake, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, and Taylor Swift), taking classic songs such as “Crosseyed and Painless,” “Once in a Lifetime,” and “Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)” and reinterpreting them with electrifying rhythms, African guitars, and layered backing vocals. Angélique will bring this musical extravaganza to concert halls and festivals across the globe including a premier performance at Carnegie Hall and other performances in LA, London, Seattle, Berkeley, and Abu Dhabi. Her star-studded album DJIN DJIN won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Album in 2008, and her album OYO was nominated for the same award in 2011. In January 2014 Angélique’s first book, a memoir titled Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music (Harper Collins) and her twelfth album, EVE (Savoy/429 Records), were released to critical acclaim. EVE later went on to win the Grammy Award for Best World Music Album in 2015, and her historic, orchestral album Sings with the Orchestre Philharmonique Du Luxembourg (Savoy/429 Records) won a Grammy for Best World Music Album in 2016. Angelique has gone on to perform this genre-bending work with several international orchestras and symphonies including the Bruckner Orchestra, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the Philharmonie de Paris. Her collaboration with Philip Glass, IFÉ: Three Yorùbá Songs, made its US debut to a sold out concert with the San Francisco Symphony in June 2015. In addition to performing this new orchestral concert, Angelique continues to tour globally performing the high-energy concert she’s become famous for with her four-piece band. Her rousing live show was recently captured at the revered Austin City Limits and made its television debut in January 2016. Angelique also travels the world advocating on behalf of children in her capacity as a UNICEF and OXFAM goodwill Ambassador. She created her own charitable foundation, Batonga, dedicated to support the education of young girls in Africa.
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.
Nathaniel Rateliff: Growing up in rural Missouri, Nathaniel Rateliff got his early music education from his family, who performed in the church band in which Nathaniel played drums, and his father’s record collection. At 19, Rateliff moved to Denver where he worked night shifts at a bottle factory and a trucking company while testing out songs at open-mic nights. Rateliff’s 2010 solo album, In Memory of Loss, propelled him to the forefront of Denver’s tight-knit folk scene, with The New York Times dubbing him “a local folk pop hero.” and launched his career as a touring musician. His debut as well as subsequent solo albums continued to receive critical acclaim while Rateliff continued to explore his sound. A set of rough demos recorded in 2013 pointed Rateliff in a new direction, and somewhere between Sam & Dave and The Band, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats was born. The band’s debut, self-titled album was a breakout success—now certified Gold in the U.S., it has sold over a million records worldwide. Their sophomore album Tearing at the Seams was released in March 2018 to widespread critical acclaim. The album includes two #1 singles at Triple A radio and was featured in NPR Music’s list of their “40 Favorite Albums Of 2018 (So Far).” Rateliff and the band have appeared on nearly every late night television program and toured extensively worldwide, playing major festivals and selling out iconic venues including their hometown Red Rocks Amphitheater multiple times. In 2018, Rateliff also launched a Denver-based foundation called The Marigold Project to support community and nonprofit organizations working on issues of economic and social justice.
New Order: Rising from the ashes of the legendary British post-punk band Joy Division, the enigmatic New Order triumphed over tragedy to emerge as one of the most influential and acclaimed bands of the 1980s. When Joy Division’s Ian Curtis tragically took his own life, the remaining trio, Bernard Sumner (guitarist), Peter Hook (bassist) and Stephen Morris (drummer) immediately disbanded, but re-formed the same year as New Order, with the addition of Gillian Gilbert (keyboardist and guitarist) and Sumner reluctantly taking over as vocalist. While their debut album Movement (1981) was shadowed by the legacy of Joy Division, going forward the band began to combine their original post-punk sound with influences from Ibiza’s acid house scene. The result was their brilliant sophomore album Power, Corruption & Lies (1983), released with Manchester-based label Factory Records. From this album came the single ͞Blue Monday͟, which has since become the best-selling 12-inch single of all time, moving over three million copies worldwide. Throughout the late 80s New Order remained as popular as ever, releasing a string of albums such as Low-Life (1985), Brotherhood (1986) Substance (1987) and Technique (1989). Between several brief hiatuses and line-up alterations, Republic (1993) Get Ready (2001) and Waiting for the Sirens’ Call (2005) were all released, before the announcement that New Order were to disband in 2006. A 2011 reunion saw New Order take to the stage alongside Blur and the Specials at London’s Hyde Park for a spectacular closing concert for the 2012 Olympics, before releasing Lost Sirens at the end of the year. In 2015, the band made an exultant return with their critically acclaimed tenth studio album Music Complete. The record stormed the album charts, coming in at Number 2, and features guest vocals from Iggy Pop, Brandon Flowers and Elly Jackson of La Roux. On the live circuit they have played critically acclaimed sell out tours in the UK, Europe, USA and Australia, performing in prestigious venues, Royal Albert Hall and Sydney Opera House among many others. The summer months saw the run continue with huge headline slots at Glastonbury, Latitude, Roskilde, Bilbao BBK, Sonar and Electric Picnic, followed by a special extended edition of their album, Complete Music. The album’s title seems to shine a hue on New Order’s new manifesto: new line-up, newly eclectic sound, reinvigorated in their fourth decade as a unit.
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood are in the middle of one of their most prolific periods to date. The band is riding a creative wave with a slew of studio and live records amidst a rigorous tour schedule that only seems to fuel their fire even further. Their most recent album—the stellar ‘Barefoot In The Head’—marks The CRB’s third studio release in just two years, and it finds them pushing boundaries and breaking new ground with more joy and wonder than ever before. Overspilling with stunning musicianship and infectious energy, the album showcases the continued growth of Robinson’s songwriting partnership with his bandmates: guitarist Neal Casal, drummer Tony Leone, keyboardist Adam MacDougall, and bassist Jeff Hill. It revels in the kind of adventurousness that can only come from five artists tuned into the same sonic wavelength, leading Uncut Magazine to call The CRB’s music, “a celebration of how American musical traditions can be at once honored and psychedelically expanded.”
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.
Cameron Glass was born in New York City in 2002. He began studying piano at Third Street Music School Settlement at the age of four. He was awarded a fellowship from the Robert Shapiro Fund for New Music in 2011 for his original composition “Plain Skillz” which was featured in a concert that year at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. He is a passionate cyber security activist and has been published four times in the quarterly hacker magazine 2600 and was commissioned in 2018 to compose original music for the H.O.P.E (Hackers on Planet Earth) four-day NYC cybersecurity conference. Currently, Glass is composing and producing punk, metal, and experimental music. He is a junior at Brooklyn Technical High School majoring in Software Engineering and can be seen and heard on SoundCloud (SoundCloud.com/SadVibesOnly) and most every weekend playing for a devoted following on the streets of the East Village.
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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