Benefit Concert – 2016

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Tibet House US held its 26th Annual Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall on Monday, February 22, 2016

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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.

Basia Bulat
With an electrifying voice and lyrics like silver arrowheads, Basia Bulat has become one of Canada’s most conspicuous talents. Juno nominated and short-listed for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize, she often appears solo in gigantic halls, winning over crowds with an autoharp or charango, stomping feet and two mighty lungs. Her massive talent has also been recognized at scale: her songs have been adapted for major performances with symphony orchestras, and she’s been tapped for prestigious tributes to Leonard Cohen and The Band. Since releasing her debut in 2007, she has shared a stage with artists including: Arcade Fire, The National, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Daniel Lanois, St Vincent, Sufjan Stevens, Destroyer and Andrew Bird. Bulat was born in Toronto and grew up listening to her mother’s piano students, Sam Cooke and Stax on the oldies station. She will release her fourth album, Good Advice, produced by Jim James of My Morning Jacket, in 2016.

Dechen Shak-Dagsay & Helge A.van Dyk
Dechen Shak-Dagsay is a Swiss/Tibetan artist who has lived most of her life in Switzerland. Although Switzerland was to become her new home, she never forgot her roots. She is the eldest daughter of Dagsay Rinpoche, a Tibetan Lama who gave her the transmission of the precious Mantras that she is singing all over the world. After successfully releasing more than 10 albums with soothing calm meditation music and singing, she decided to make the ancient wisdom of Tibet accessible to an even broader audience. Therefore she started to collaborate with Helge A.van Dyk, composer and producer of her last album, Jewel, as well the current one. Helge inherited his genuine love for music from his family that has a long musical history. Dechen’s voice touches people’s heart all over the globe. People come to her and say “listening to your music makes me feel like a better person.” Dechen feels very privileged to be back and have the chance to present you with her latest album Day Tomorrow.

FKA twigs
FKA twigs creates some of the most critically acclaimed, genre-bending music of her generation. Following 2 EPs, her debut album LP1 was released in August 2014. Since then twigs has proved herself to be not only among the most creative recording artists working, but also an incredible live performer and director, leading The Guardian to name her “simply the most adventurous pop star working today.” Most recently, twigs released a new EP named M3LL155X, accompanied by a self-directed short film, and a dance-based performance project at Manchester International Festival called Soundtrack 7.

Foday Musa Suso
Foday Musa Suso is an internationally recognized musician and a Mandingo griot from the West African nation of Gambia. In 1977, he became the first kora player to establish himself in the U.S. and formed The Mandingo Griot Society with 3 American musicians, playing a fusion of traditional and jazz that is now known as “world music”. Since then, he has performed as a soloist throughout the world, and collaborated in a myriad of recordings with Herbie Hancock, Bill Laswell, Kronos Quartet, Jack De Johnette, Pharoh Sanders, and others. Foday also has a long history of collaboration with Philip Glass, beginning in 1985 when they co-wrote the soundtrack for the movie ‘Powaqqatsi’ and visited West Africa together. Since the early 1990’s, they have performed together at venues all over the world, and co-written many songs, including the music for ‘Orion’, a concert work commissioned for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens Greece.

Gogol Bordello
Gogol Bordello has spent over a decade electrifying audiences the world over with its internationally acclaimed gypsy-punk sound. A touring force, the band averages 200+ shows each year in locales across the U.S., Europe, S. Africa, Russia, Australia and Japan, and has performed at prominent music festivals such as Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Fuji Rock and Glastonbury.
As innovators and leaders of the Gypsy Punk genre, the group’s supercharged music is based on a gypsy two-step rhythm, and is augmented by styles picked up along the way including metal, rap, flamenco, roots reggae, Italian spaghetti, Western twang and dub. Their music and legendary concert performances have earned the band a global following and critical praise, including from former Village Voice Chief Music Critic, Robert Christgau, who called Gogol Bordello “the world’s most visionary band.”
Frontman Eugene Hutz founded Gogol Bordello in New York City in 1999, after leaving Ukraine in the aftermath of Chernobyl. In keeping with his vision of creating an international groove, he recruited musicians of all ages, nationalities and cultures to join the ever-evolving lineup. The band is currently recording the follow up to their last studio album, Pura Vida Conspiracy.

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.

Lavinia Meijer
Dutch harpist, Lavinia Meijer, is one of the most important and pioneering harpists of her time. Her passion to broaden the possibilities of her instrument by searching not only for the classical repertoire, but also newly written music and transcriptions has led to numerous awards, performances all over the world and a platinum album for her album Glass: Metamorphosis / the Hours. She is the only Dutch classical artist with three consecutive albums hitting the top 10 in the rock album charts. As a featured soloist she performed harp concertos with renowned orchestras, such as Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.

Sharon Jones
Acclaimed soul singer Sharon Jones, with her prolific band The Dap-Kings, is going strong after a 2014 Grammy nomination for the album Give The People What They Want. “May she remain unstoppable,” raves Pitchfork. Remarkably, this “5-foot-1 vocal powerhouse” (New York Times) began her solo career at age 40, after working for years as a wedding singer and a corrections officer at Riker’s Island in New York. Winning fans and making friends daily, Sharon has collaborated onstage and/or in-studio with Prince, Lou Reed, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, David Byrne, Michael Bublé and more. Her numerous appearances on TV, film and radio (Saturday Night Live, The Colbert Report, Late Show with David Letterman, The Wolf of Wall Street, NPR’s Fresh Air and Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me) and festival performances worldwide (Bonnaroo, Coachella, Monterey Jazz, Montreux, Roskilde) have come on the back of Sharon Jones’ immediately recognizable voice.

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 he is currently working on Lightning Striking, a journey through the legendary scenes of rock and roll for Ecco/HarperCollins.

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 latest album “Love and Hate He is a founding member of the Fab Faux, a Beatles tribute band (that doesn’t dress up) together now for 1 8 years . . For more info, visit

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.

Scorchio String Quartet:
Amy Kimball, violin
Rachel Golub, 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 for the 2001 Tibet House Benefit Concert. Scorchio has performed with Philip Glass, Trey Anastasio, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Michael Stipe, Vampire Weekend, Regina Spektor, David Byrne, the Kronos Quartet, 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 are featured on “Trey Anastasio and the Scorchio Quintet: Live from Princeton”. They recently performed with Blur at Madison Square Garden and with frontman Damon Albarn at Bonnaroo, the Governor’s Ball and on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

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