Tibet House US held its 24th Annual Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall on Tuesday, March 11.
Philip Glass, the concert’s Artistic Director, once again brought together an amazing, original line-up of contemporary artists.
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS:
Artistic Director, 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). Symphony No. 7 and Symphony No. 8—Glass’ latest symphonies—along with Waiting for the Barbarians, an opera based on the book by J.M. Coetzee, premiered in 2005. In the past few years several new works were unveiled, including Book of Longing (Luminato Festival) and an opera about the end of the Civil War entitled Appomattox (San Francisco Opera). His Symphony #9 was completed in 2011 and was premiered by the Bruckner Orchestra in Linz, Austria on January 1, 2012 and his Symphony #10 received its European premiere in France on August 9th, 2013. Teatro Real Madrid and the English National Opera commissioned Glass’s opera The Perfect American, about the death of Walt Disney, which premiered on January 22nd, 2013 while the Landestheater Linz premiered his opera Spuren de Verirrten on April 12th, 2013. Upcoming projects include a song cycle for Angelique Kidjo and the Brussels Philharmonic as well as an opera based on Franz Kafka’s The Trial for Music Theatre Wales.
Nico Muhly has composed a wide scope of work for ensembles, soloists and organizations including the American Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony, countertenor Iestyn Davies, violinist Hilary Hahn, the Metropolitan Opera, choreographer Benjamin Millepied, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, Paris Opéra Ballet and more. Among Muhly’s most frequent collaborators are his colleagues at Bedroom Community, an artist-run label headed by Icelandic musician and producer Valgeir Sigurðsson. It was inaugurated in 2007 with the release of Muhly’s first album, Speaks Volumes. In spring 2012, they released Muhly’s three-part Drones & Music, in collaboration with pianist Bruce Brubaker, violinist Pekka Kuusisto, and violist Nadia Sirota. Muhly graduated from Columbia University with a degree in English Literature. In 2004, he received a Masters in Music from the Juilliard School, where he studied under Christopher Rouse and John Corigliano. His writings and full schedule can be found at www.nicomuhly.com.
Matt Berninger, Aaron Dessner & Bryce Dessner of The National
Formed in 1999, The National has released six studio albums. In 2004 they signed to Beggars Banquet releasing the critically acclaimed Alligator which features breakout anthem “Mr. November.” The album led the band to tour worldwide developing a passionate international fan base. Boxer reached an even wider audience with songs like “Fake Empire” which went on to be used in the 2008 Obama Presidential Campaign. 2010’s release High Violet sold over 600,000 copies. Their latest release Trouble Will Find Me debuted at #3 on Billboard’s Top 200, marking their largest first week of sales to date. The success of Trouble Will Find Me reached new audiences through appearances on The Colbert Report, All Things Considered, The Mindy Project, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live! The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan and more. Trouble Will Find Me was nominated for “Best Alternative Album” in the 2014 GRAMMY® Awards.
Iggy Pop: 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 Iggy’s iconic solo albums including Lust For Life, The Idiot, American Caesar and the more recent Skull Ring and Preliminaires have cemented his status as a true music innovator. In 2010, Iggy and the Stooges were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
New Order formed in 1980 out of the ashes of the legendary Manchester band Joy Division after the death of singer Ian Curtis. Their potent mix of pop, rock, dance and electronics brought worldwide commercial success. Their eight studio albums, from ‘Movement’ in 1981 to ‘Waiting For The Sirens Call’ in 2005, along with their biggest selling dance record “Blue Monday”, proved highly influential. They were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. New Order’s history was immortalised in film with ’24 Hour Party People’, & their ownership of world-famous Manchester nightclub, The Hacienda, only enhanced their iconic status. In 2011, with a new line-up of Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, Tom Chapman, Phil Cunningham, and Gillian Gilbert, New Order announced two small fundraising shows. Due to the massive success of these shows NO have spent the last two years touring.
Mike Garry is is a one-of-a-kind poet from Manchester, England. Described by iconic designer Peter Saville as ‘a genius’ his work focuses on the city and it’s people, finding beauty amongst ugliness and triumph amongst tragedy. When Anthony H Wilson died the BBC turned to Garry to write his eulogy. When Manchester United faced challenging times they commissioned Garry to inspire their fans. Fellow Mancunian & lauded British composer Joe Duddell is Professor of Music at Bath Spa University. Signed to Schott Music, Duddell is as much at home writing percussion concertos as he is his widely acclaimed orchestral collaborations with pop bands.
Robert Randolph and The Family Band, first gained national attention for their distinctive mix of rock, funk, and R&B with the release of the 2002 album Live at the Wetlands. Three albums later (Unclassified, Colorblind, and We Walk This Road) together with tireless touring and unforgettable performances at such festivals as Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, they had garnered a passionate fan base. Randolph’s unprecedented prowess on his instrument garnered him a spot on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” list, and also attracted the attention of such giants as Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana, who have collaborated with him on stage and in the studio. In July 2013, Randolph released the critically acclaimed album Lickety Split on his new label Blue Note Records.
Techung is a Tibetan folk and freedom singer/songwriter living in exile in the U.S. 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. He has participated in all the Tibetan Freedom Concerts, as well as in other major Tibet support events. His latest album Techung-Tibet – Lam La Che (On The Road, 2013), with Keb Mo and poet Tsering Woeser received four Best awards at the 2013 Tibetan Music Awards. Techung’s voice and music have been featured on the soundtracks of numerous feature films and documentaries. Together with band members Michel Tyabji, Kito Rodriguez, and Rinzing Wangyal, Techung creates a unique and captivating international sound, rooted in the band members’ Tibetan, Indian, African, North American and Caribbean heritage. Techung and his band had the honour of opening for His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s public talks in the U.S., Costa Rica and Japan. More information at www.techung.com
Michel Tyabji is a composer, performer, producer, arranger and recording engineer. Born in India and educated in་England and the United States, he has worked with a growing number of musicians from America, Africa, Asia and theMiddle East whose work is gaining the appreciation of discerning listeners around the World. He is the co-creator of Hollywood based Limitless Sky Records, through which he continues to release albums of critical acclaim (including 3 on the list of GRAMMY nominations). His great aunt was amongst Mahatma Gandhi’s favorite singers, his grandmother sang alongside Lata Mangeshkar, several cousins are among India’s most well known film stars and both his parents made their livings in media. His father’s job required the family move to a different country every few years and six years were spent in Thimphu, Bhutan. That is where Michel picked up his love and feeling for Himalayan sights and sounds. “Music has always been central to our family. I was taught by relatives and Gurus from an early age that music is a kind of liberation. I surround myself with concentric circles of like minded colleagues. Our goal is to insure that every client makes the hidden visible and their inner voice audible”. For more information on Michel, please visit: http://www.micheltyabji.com
Rinzing Wangyal was born in Darjeeling (India) and attended Melody Academy studying guitar. There he assisted Jiwan Pradhan (Director) in collaborating and teaching at the Academy. He performed with various rock bands throughout the 1970s and moved to New York City in the late 80s. He performed with reggae bands in local clubs (CBGB, Webster Hall and Central Park). His diverse musical interests include Eastern and Western Classical music, blues, funk, electronic and jazz. Rinzing has performed with accomplished musicians including Phiroj Shyangden of 1974D, Raju Lama of Mongolian Heart, Tsering Paljor/Tenzing of Rangzen Shonu (a prominent Tibetan band in the 80’s) and Shenpenn Khymsar/Tsering Purtag). He currently tours with Techung and assists in the development of young talents in New York.
Sherep Sangpo is a Tibetan singer and an opera star. She studied at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) which is based in Dharamsala, India. After moving to US in November 1997, she has been performing all around United States with Chaksampa Tibetan Dance and Opera Company and shared stagewith Beastie Boys, REM and Philip Glass to name a few. She had toured internationally as the leading star
with the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts and later as a solo artist. She had recorded several audio cds.
Ralph “Kito” Rodriguez was born and raised in East Harlem and Queens, New York City. He trained at Johnny Colon’s East Harlem Music School, studied bass guitar privately with Rob McDonald and attended Nassau Community College’s double bass program. He is a graduate of the Institute Of Audio Research Audio-Engineering and Music Production program (where he met Michel Tyabji). Since the 1990’s Kito has performed as a bass guitarist/ producer/ audio engineer and band leader for salsa, funk,reggae, soul and world music ensembles as well as sideman for various independent artists. For more info or to contact please visit: www.kitorodriguez.com
Patti Smith, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Patti Smith has had a very illustrious 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 been awarded several other 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. Patti Smith and her band continue to tour worldwide as well as lend support for human right issues.
The Patti Smith Band
Jay Dee Daugherty (drums) has lived in NYC since 1974. Soon after arriving, he met Patti Smith and has played with her ever since. He has also performed or recorded with artists Indigo Girls, The Waterboys, Tom Verlaine, The Church, Nick Cave, Marianne Faithfull, Yoko Ono and many others.
Lenny Kaye (guitar) is a 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, Kristin Hersh, Allen Ginsberg, and Waylon Jennings. 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: The Sensuous Song of the Croon, his book on the romantic singers of the early 1930’s, was published in 2004 by Villard / Random House; and on the web, he is the rock/pop columnist at eMusic.com.
Jack Petruzzelli (guitar) has been performing and recording with Patti Smith and her band since 2006. He has worked with a variety of valued artists including Rufus Wainwright, Ian Hunter, and Joan Osborne. Jack is co producer and co songwriter for Joan’s up coming album “Love and Hate ” due out April 1st this year. He is a founding member of the Fab Faux, a Beatles tribute band (that doesn’t dress up) together now for 16 years that sells out acclaimed venues in the United States including Radio City Music Hall in NY. For more info, visit www.jackpetruzzelli.com
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.
Jesse Paris Smith and Eric Hoegemeyer began performing as WaterOx Vs FireRabbit in late 2012. Born out of a desire to create sonic representations of the human dream state, they incorporate both organic and electronic instrumentation to create non-traditional compositions. They were honored to perform at last year’s Tibet House benefit, as well as performances at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Rubin Museum of Art. Ms Smith is also a curator of the monthly event, Talking Stick at the Rubin Museum of Art and a member of the newly formed Associate Board at Tibet House US. Ms Smith and Mr Hoegemeyer also own and operate the Tree Laboratory studio in Brooklyn, where they compose music for film and television. In late 2013 they began producing short films.
Tim Fain Avery Fisher Career Grant-winning violinist Tim Fain was seen and heard on the Grammy-nominated soundtrack of film Black Swan, and gives “voice” to the violin of the lead actor in film 12 Years a Slave, as he did for Richard Gere’s violin in Fox Searchlight’s Bee Season. Winner of the Young Concert Artists award, he has appeared as soloist with the Baltimore Symphony, Brooklyn, Hague and Mexico City Philharmonics, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra among others, and performs world-wide in a duo evening with composer Philip Glass. He has toured with Musicians from Marlboro, performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and appeared at the Spoleto, Ravinia and Santa Fe Festivals. His discography includes “Arches,” “River of Light” (Naxos), and Glass’s Duo Concerto with the Hague Philharmonic. His solo multi-media evening “Portals” premiered to sold-out houses and features collaborations with Benjamin Millepied, Leonard Cohen, film maker Kate Hackett, and radio personality Fred Child and pianist Nicholas Brittel and a new work written for him, Partita for solo violin, by Glass. He plays a 1717 Franceso Gobetti, the “Moller,” which is on generous loan from Clem and Karen Arrison and the Stradivari Society.
Scorchio String Quartet:
Amy Kimball, violin; Rachel Golub, violin; Martha Mooke, viola; Leah Coloff, cello
Scorchio Quartet, an avant/progressive/cutting edge electro-acoustic string quartet that made its debut in Carnegie Hall at the 2001 Tibet House US Benefit Concert. Scorchio has worked with many prominent artists including David Bowie, Philip Glass, Trey Anastasio, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Michael Stipe, Lou Reed, Vampire Weekend, Regina Spektor, Gogol Bordello, Linda Thompson, David Byrne, Ziggy Marley, Rufus Wainwright, and the Kronos Quartet, among others. They are featured in the award winning documentary, “Inside the Perfect Circle: The Odyssey of Joel Thome”.