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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.
Alabama Shakes: Praised by The New York Times for their “fervent, rip-roaring rock and roll”–debuted in 2012 with Boys & Girls (ATO Records), which subsequently has been certified Platinum by the RIAA and earned the band four GRAMMY® nominations. The single “Hold On” – also certified Gold – was voted the #1 Best Song of 2012 by Rolling Stone and featured on the 2013 GRAMMY Nominees compilation. Their sophomore album, Sound & Color, debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and also topped the Independent, Digital, Rock, Alternative, Internet and Vinyl Albums charts. It appeared on many critics’ best-of-2015 lists, including The New York Times,NPR Music and Rolling Stone, which hailed it as “one of the year’s most daring interstellar groove journeys.”Sound & Color, which is certified Gold, won a GRAMMY Award for Best Alternative Music Album while the first single, “Don’t Wanna Fight,” took honors in the Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song categories, bringing the band’s GRAMMY awards tally to three. In addition, Sound & Color was named the Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. The Athens, AL-based band – comprising Brittany Howard, guitarist Heath Fogg, bassist Zac Cockrell, drummer Steve Johnson, and touringkeyboard players Ben Tanner and Paul Horton and touring background vocalist Karita Law, Shanay Johnson and Lloyd Buchanan –was named Emerging Artist of the Year at the Americana Music Association’s Honors and Awards ceremony in 2012 and has been nominated for two NAACP Image awards, two BRITs, a Q and two NME awards.
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.
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.
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 Patti Smith Band:
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.
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: The Sensuous Song of the Croon, 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. On March 27, Sony/Legacy will release his production of Jessi Colter’s improvisations on the classic sacred poems that are The Psalms.
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.
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.
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’.
Sufjan Stevens is a singer-songwriter currently living in New York City. A preoccupation with epic concepts has motivated two state records (Michigan& Illinois), a collection of sacred and biblical songs (Seven Swans), an electronic album for the animals of the Chinese zodiac (Enjoy Your Rabbit), two Christmas box sets (Songs for Christmas, vol. 1-5 and Silver & Gold, vol. 6-10), and a programmatic tone poem for the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (The BQE). In 2010 Sufjan released an expansive EP (All Delighted People) and the full length The Age of Adz, a collection of songs partly inspired by the outsider artist Royal Robertson. His most recent release is Carrie & Lowell, released in March of 2015. Born in Detroit and raised in Northern Michigan, Sufjan attended Hope College, in Holland, Michigan, and the masters program for writers at the New School for Social Research.
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.
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.
Lavinia Meijer is recognized worldwide as one of the most successful harpists of this generation, renewing and elevating the ways music is being performed. Born in South Korea and adopted into a Dutch family, she now lives in the Netherlands. She is invited regularly to perform as a soloist in Europe, Asia and America. She collaborated with composers Philip Glass, Ludovico Einaudi, Ólafur Arnalds and JacobTV. Her dedication to arrange the music of Philip Glass to the harp, together with him as well, has resulted in two albums devoted to his music: Metamorphosis/The Hours (2012) reached a platinum status within half a year. The Glass Effect was released in November 2016, as a special celebration of Philip Glass’s 80th birthday for which she transcribed 10 of his Etudes, as well as the Koyaanisqatsi theme, astonishing critics who didn’t believe this was possible on the harp.
Scorchio String 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 DzHeathendz produced by Tony Visconti and are featured on DzTrey Anastasio and the Scorchio Quintet: Live from Princetondz. 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 DzInside the Perfect Circle: The Odyssey of Joel Thomedz.
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