Annual Benefit Concert – 2017










2017 Press Articles & Reviews


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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.


occ-logo_sigil_colorAlabama 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.


occ-logo_sigil_colorIggy 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.

laurieLaurie 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 orderNew 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:

occ-logo_sigil_colorPatti 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.

occ-logo_sigil_colorLenny 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.

jayJay 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.




occ-logo_sigil_colorTony 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 yorkAndy 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’.




occ-logo_sigil_colorSufjan 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.


jesseJesse 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.



choegyalTenzin 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.


lavinLavinia 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.



occ-logo_sigil_colorScorchio 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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