2015 Press Articles & Reviews
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Set List: 2015
Monks – Chant
Robert Thurman – Remarks
Philip Glass – Remarks
Laurie Anderson – two short songs, “Story about a Story”
Dev Hynes – “Of the World”, “Bad Girls”
Ashley MacIsaac and Maybelle Chisholm McQueen – “Miss Lyall’s Medley”, “Mockingbird Medley”
Tenzin Choegyal – “Jhi Chung”, “Heart Strings”, Heart Sutra” (w/ Laurie Anderson)
Sturgill Simpson – “Just Let Go”, “Turtles All the Way Along”
Ira Glass and Philip Glass – “On the Cremation of…”, “Wichita Vortex Sutra”
Debbie Harry – “Lovelight”, “Rose by Any Name”, “Heart of Glass”
The Flaming Lips – “She’s Leaving Home”, “Warszawa”
Patti Smith – “Birthday Poem”
Patti Smith and Her Band with Jesse Paris Smith – “Gandhi”
Patti Smith et all – “People Have the Power”
Thanks to following in individuals & companies for their generosity
Brian M. Jackson
Farmaesthetics – Fine Herbal Skincare From the Farm
Fast Speaking Music
Kabo Leather Handbags
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
Pathway to Paris
Rubin Museum of Art
Teen Talking Circles
Twisted Trunk Yoga
About the Presenters
For more than five decades, Philip Glass continues to be at the forefront of contemporary music and art. 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). Several new works have been unveiled, including two operas in 2013 (The Lost, for the opening of the new opera house in Linz Austria, and The Perfect American, about the death of Walt Disney). Glass’s newest opera, based on Kafka’s The Trial, premiered at London’s Covent Garden in October 2014. The Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel with Katia and Marielle Labeque will premiere his Concerto for Two Pianos & Orchestra in May 2015.
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 Moon”. 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 “Boat” 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.
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.
The Flaming Lips
Three-time Grammy Award winning psychedelic alt-rock band, The Flaming Lips, fronted by Wayne Coyne, have set themselves apart in all the right ways. In 1993, their song “She Don’t Use Jelly,” launched their mainstream success into the Billboard Hot 100 and the Top 10 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. Widely considered to be one of the group’s most accessible and undeniably popular songs, “Do You Realize??” from the 2002 gold-certified album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots continues to enjoy a life all its own and has been utilized and licensed in countless TV shows, films and advertising campaigns due to the universally profound lyrical sentiments that have touched the hearts of so many people around the world. It was been adopted as the Official Rock Song of Oklahoma from 2009 to April 2013 and ranked #31 on Rolling Stone’s “100 Best Songs of the 2000s”. Critically acclaimed for their elaborate live shows featuring puppets, balloons and even a man-sized bubble, it’s only right that Q Magazine named The Flaming Lips one of the “50 Bands to See Before You Die.
Ashley MacIsaac is known as the bad-boy of World Music, this Nova Scotian found international acclaim in folk and roots music circles playing the fiddle in the working-class, pub-stomp Cape Breton way: fast, furious and with phenomenal precision. He is one of the top Celtic influenced Roots artists in North America of all time. Considered a traditionalist who takes the old fiddling conventions in newfangled directions, MacIsaac puts his own spin on the sounds he was brought up with. A rebel who recreates Celtic music with an updated, mass-appeal quality is the approach that led to MacIsaac working with an impressive array of talent: David Byrne, Phillip Glass & the Chieftains to name a few. MacIsaac broke through to the mainstream with the genre-bending Hi!, How Are You Today? in 1995. International radio play for the single, Sleepy Maggie, and a regular slot on Canadian video channel Much Music, MacIsaac was soon a Canadian icon.
Patti Smith, born in Chicago and raised in South Jersey, migrated to New York in 1967. Her first recording, Horses, was inducted into the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress in 2010. Her subsequent albums are: Radio Ethiopia, Easter, and Wave, Dream of Life, Gone Again, Peace and Noise, Gung Ho, trampin, Land, twelve, and most currently, Banga. As a musician, she holds multiple honors including: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, “Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres” from the French Ministry of Culture, the ASCAP Founders Award, and Sweden’s Polar Award. Outside of music she is the author of acclaimed memoir, Just Kids, and an artist whose work has been exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide. Today, she continues to write, perform readings, work on artistic projects, and support human rights issues. She and Her Band are continually touring worldwide and preparing for future recording projects. Patti has been a regular performer at the Tibet House US Benefit Concert, generously lending talent to the cause throughout the years.
Hailing from Eastern Kentucky, Sturgill Simpson is consistently referred to as the “real deal” – the second coming of the true Outlaws of Country music, yet with an edge that has brought him attention from David Byrne and Dan Auerbach to Dwight Yoakam and Jason Isbell. Beloved by critics across all genres, Sturgill’s Grammy-nominated sophomore album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, was featured on year-end “best of” lists at Rolling Stone, The New York Times, NPR Music, the Village Voices’ Pazz and Jop, American Songwriter, Stereogum and the Nashville Scene’s 13th Annual Country Music Critics’ Poll among countless others. Equally at home performing on an Indie rock bill, an Americana bill, or traditional Country, Sturgill has graced the stages of the “Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Conan,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” as well as on the BBC’s “Later…with Jools Holland,” American Public Media’s “A Prairie Home Companion” and The Grand Ole Opry. He’s currently in the midst of a sold-out U.S. tour.
Jesse Paris Smith
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.
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.” 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, Debbie Harry will forever be synonymous with that punk spirit that lives somewhere in all of us.
Ira Glass is the host and executive producer of the documentary radio program This American Life, produced by Chicago Public Media and distributed by Public Radio International. The program is heard on over 500 public radio stations each week, by more than 3 million people, and is downloaded as a podcast more than 900,000 times weekly.
Under Glass’ editorial direction, the program has won the highest honors for broadcasting, including the Peabody, duPont-Columbia and Robert F Kennedy Awards. The American Journalism Review declared that the show is “at the vanguard of a journalistic revolution.” In 2001, Time magazine named Glass “Best Radio Host in America.” In 2006 Glass and his staff began producing a television version of This American Life, which won several Emmys.
Glass started working in public radio in 1978, when he was 19, as an intern at National Public Radio. Over the next 17 years he did nearly every production job they had: tape cutter, desk assistant, newscast writer, editor, producer, reporter and substitute host. He moved to Chicago in 1989 and put This American Life on the air in November of 1995.
Devonté (Dev) Hynes
Devonté (Dev) Hynes is a producer, songwriter, and artist currently based in New York City. He has written and produced songs for a wide range of artists including Solange Knowles, the Chemical Brothers, Florence and the Machine and Sky Ferriera. Dev also writes music under the moniker of Blood Orange, and has released two albums, titled Coastal Grooves and Cupid Deluxe, on Domino Recording Co. Most recently, Dev composed the score for the Gia Coppola directed, and TriBeCa Film Festival featured film, Palo Alto; and in addition, was a speaker at the 2014 TED conference held in Vancouver..