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Live Trey Anastasio Webcast Tonight!

Tune in to iClips.net for this very special FREE presentation of Trey Anastasio and Classic TAB Live from the Pageant in St. Louis, MO on February 23, 2010. Start times are 8:30 p.m. EST, 7:30 CST, 6:30 MST, & 5:30 PST.

Classic TAB, which has backed Trey on many of his solo projects, recently hit the road following the triumphant return of Phish in 2009. This tour is the first for Trey Anastasio and Classic TAB since they went out as a quartet last fall.

ALSO:

Trey Anastasio to Present at Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame: Trey Anastasio is inducting rock group Genesis into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month.  The presenters were announced Tuesday by the hall, which is based in Cleveland.  Wyclef Jean will honor Jimmy Cliff. Barry and Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees will induct ABBA. Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong is set to honor The Stooges. And Jackson Browne will induct David Geffen.  The induction ceremony takes place March 15 in New York and will air live on Fuse TV at 8:30 p.m. EST.

The Barr Brothers To Tour With The Low Anthem

Brad and Andrew Barr, best known as founding members of revered rock bands The Slip and Surprise Me Mr. Davis, are adding a third act to their repertoire. In the long tradition of brothers who've assumed their surname as a moniker, The Barr Brothers introduce themselves with a string of West Coast and Canadian shows opening for The Low Anthem.

The seeds for The Barr Brothers were first sown five years ago when Brad and Andrew relocated to Montreal. Brad's apartment shared an adjoining wall with harpist Sarah Page. The two would hear each other practicing through the cracks. Sarah's gentle melodies began weaving their way into the music that Brad was writing. A friendship was struck and songs were born. This latest endeavor for Brad and Andrew finds them exploring sounds quieter and more ethereal than anything in their previous work. Final touches are currently being added to a debut recording that will be released later this year.

Brad and Andrew Barr remain equally committed to their other bands, as well. Plans will be announced in the coming weeks for Surprise Me Mr. Davis tour dates and EP release, while work is also underway on the next full-length studio album by The Slip.

Upcoming tour dates by The Barr Brothers are:

March 24 | Coronet @ Largo | Los Angeles, CA*
March 25 | Bootleg | Los Angeles, CA*
March 26 | Great American Music Hall | San Francisco, CA*
March 28 | Doug Fir Lounge | Portland, OR*
March 30 | St. James Hall | Vancouver, Canada*
March 31 | Crocodile Cafe | Seattle, WA*
April 10 | Church Of The Redeemer | Toronto, Canada*
April 12 | Eglise du Gesu | Montreal, Canada*
April 27 | The Saturn Bar | New Orleans, LA**

*w/ Low Anthem & Timbre Timbr

Marco Benevento | 'BETWEEN NEEDLES & NIGHTFALL'

Back with his third full length studio album in as many years, Brooklyn-based pianist and sound sculptor MARCO BENEVENTO delivers BETWEEN NEEDLES & NIGHTFALL on May 11 via his label Royal Potato Family.

BETWEEN NEEDLES & NIGHTFALL was initially conceived at Trout Recording in Brooklyn, NY where engineer Bryce Goggin Marco Benevento (Pavement, Akron/Family) tracked and his trio, including bassist Reed Mathis and drummer Andrew Barr, over three days. The material was drawn from fragments of melodies and song ideas that Benevento had been collecting over the last year. To achieve the colors he envisioned for these compositions, Benevento recorded on a baby grand piano bolstered by guitar pick-ups, amplifiers and a myriad of pedals and circuit bent toys, while overdubbing Moog, Optigan, Mellotron and Farfisa. He then transferred the tracks to his home studio, taking the next two months to cut, loop and shape the pieces into full-fledged songs. Additional drum parts were added by Matt Chamberlain. As a last step, Benevento handed off his work to three of his favorite engineers: Mell Dettmer (Sunn O))), Eyvind Kang), Jesse Lauter (Low Anthem, Elvis Perkins) and Vid Cousins (Amon Tobin, Kid Koala) for final mixes. The results range from the day-glo electro-pop of "It Came From You" to the simply-stated lullaby "Katie's Song" to the shimmering Arcade Fire-meets-Brad Mehldau anthem "Two Of You."

2009 was a breakout year for Marco Benevento. In February, he released Me Not Me, an album featuring interpretations of songs by My Morning Jacket, Leonard Cohen and Deerhoof among others. Touring it across the U.S., Benevento and his trio made a number of high profile performances, including San Francisco Jazz Festival, Earshot Festival and Carnegie Hall. At the end of '09, Benevento released his first ever DVD, Live In NYC: The Sullivan Hall Residency, a two hour-plus documentary with performances and interviews from his historical five week 2008 engagement at the downtown New York City venue Sullivan Hall, featuring special guests like Brad Barr, Kaki King, Billy Martin, Stanton Moore and Steven Bernstein. As if all this wasn't enough, he toured and recorded with post jazz cognoscenti Garage A Trois, became a full time member of indie pop experimentalists Surprise Me Mr. Davis and welcomed his second daughter into the world.

With the release of BETWEEN NEEDLES & NIGHTFALL, Marco Benevento continues to define himself as one of the most prolific new voices of his era, blurring genres from song to song, and more often from measure to measure, with his own take on simple pop pleasures, dance party rave-ups and art jazz experimentation. He speaks in modern sonic tongues, all cut-and-pasted, tweaked-out and glitchy, but full of wide-eyed wonder that rejoices in the limitless horizons of sound and melody.

Krishna Das releases New Album, Tour Dates

Called the “Chant Master of American Yoga” by the New York Times, Krishna Das will release Heart As Wide As The World, his first studio album in ten years, on March 2nd. The album is a collaboration with David Nichtern (“Midnight at the Oasis”) who produced and played guitar. Jerry Marotta (Hall & Oates, Peter Gabriel) on drums, percussion.  As well as, world musicians Steve Gorn on bansuri flute and Benjy Wertheimer on esraj, amongst an array of other instruments.

Layering traditional Hindu kirtan with instantly accessible melodies and modern instrumentation, Krishna Das has been called yoga’s “rock star.”  With a remarkably soulful voice that touches the deepest chord in even the most casual listener, Krishna Das – known to friends, family, and fans as simply KD – has taken the call-and-response chanting out of yoga centers and into concert halls, becoming a worldwide icon and the best-selling chant artist of all time, with over 300,000 records sold.  His first studio recording in a decade, “HEART AS WIDE AS THE WORLD” invests KD’s magnetic chanting with an electrifying rock ‘n’ roll sensibility informed by a lifetime of experience and musical love.

Krishna Das has been recording his popular and much-loved albums of kirtan since 1996. Having made numerous pilgrimages to India throughout his career and meeting teachers of many spiritual traditions, Krishna Das follows the path of Bhakti yoga – the yoga of devotion – and brings a lifetime of spirituality into his music. Over the years, his collaborators in the studio have included Rick Rubin on Door of Faith, Sting on Pilgrim Heart and Mike D in a 50-person kirtan choir on Breath of the Heart, also produced by Rubin.


Krishna Das has toured extensively through North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and South America, and counts Madonna and Mike D of the Beastie Boys amongst his fans. Krishna Das will be touring this spring with Deva Premal & Miten, dubbed “The Johnny and June Carter Cash of chant” by Yoga Journal . Together they are creating an extraordinary series of concerts across the US, highlighting the newfound popularity of kirtan and mantra chanting. These musicians, who have enjoyed a worldwide grassroots success the past decade, are each celebrating the release of new albums with their first co-headlined tour.

Krishna Das LIVE with Dava Premal & Miten:
03/24    Seattle - Moore Theatre
03/25    Portland - Crystal Ballroom
03/27  Los Angeles - Wilshire Ebell
03/28   San Francisco - Warfield Theater
03/30    Phoenix - Mesa Arts Center
03/31    Tucson - Rialto Theatre
04/01     Santa Fe - Lensic Theatre
04/03     Denver  - Paramount Theatre
04/05     Dallas - Unity Church
04/07     Atlanta - Variety playhouse
04/09     Philadelphia - Keswick Theatre
04/12  Chicago North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
04/14    Boston - Somerville Theater
04/15    New York - Webster Hall

The Infamous Stringdusters Reach New Heights w/ Things That Fly

About the most important question a young bluegrass band faces right out of the gate is whether they can play. The Infamous Stringdusters wasted no time in providing their answer—an emphatic “yes”—winning IBMA Album, Song and Emerging Artist of the Year the very same year they released their debut, Fork In the Road. On Things That Fly, their third album, due out April 20, 2010 on Sugar Hill, they venture into virtually uncharted territory for an acoustic group: a sonically and thematically expansive album that lends itself to absorbed listening from start to finish, much like the great rock albums do.

Holed up in the Charlottesville, Virginia studio Haunted Hollow, with significant preproduction under their belts and Gary Paczosa (Nickel Creek, Dixie Chicks, Tim O’Brien) on board as engineer and co-producer, the ‘Dusters did things they’d never done before: guitarist Andy Falco put his hidden keyboard talents to use on smoldering organ parts; voices and instruments alike were splashed with reverb; and, though the band has no shortage of quality lead singers in fiddler Jeremy Garrett, dobro player Andy Hall and upright bassist Travis Book, a few fine-singing friends—country standout Dierks Bentley, Americana songwriter-chanteuse Sarah Siskind and Crooked Still frontwoman Aoife O’Donovan added novel tones.  All this—and more, much more—makes for a lush, new ‘Dusters experience.

Says Book, “I think string bands have a tendency to feel like when they go to record, doing anything that they can’t necessarily replicate 100 percent live is off-limits. Instead of saying ‘This is how it sounds when the six of us play it standing around in a circle, so we’re just going to put mics up and capture it and that’s going to be it,’ we really got deeper in the production aspect.”

Factor in that every member of the band—rounded out by de facto tour videographer Chris Pandolfi (banjo) and Jesse Cobb (mandolin)—is a stylish, consummate picker with a hardly strictly bluegrass background, as well as a skilled songwriter, and you see that this band is genuinely built for breadth. “We wanted to make sure everyone had writing input on the record,” Hall relates. “We’d never done that before, and it’s a lot of why we started the band.”

Speaking of formidable rock albums, the 'Dusters drew the second track on Things That Fly from U2's Joshua Tree. Not only did they transform "In God's Country" into their own propulsive, virtuosic vehicle, they wrote transcendent anthems in a similar spirit: "Taking a Chance on the Truth" and "Love One Another." Surprising covers, unusual arrangements and other departures from the expected make Things That Fly something different - namely a sign that they've elevated their sound and set their sights higher than ever before.

Upcoming Tour Dates:


2/4 - Lexington, KY 
2/5 - Granville, OH
2/6 - Cleveland, OH 
2/8 - Ames, IA 
2/10 - Billings, MT
2/12+13 - Big Sky, MT
2/16+17 - Steamboat Springs, CO 
2/19 - Logan, UT
2/20 - Salt Lake City, UT
2/21 - Park City, UT
2/25 - Eugene, OR
2/26+27 - Tacoma, WA
3/17 - Tuolumne, CA
3/18 - Crystal Bay, NV
3/19 - Grass Valley, CA
3/20 - Felton, CA
3/21 - Berkeley, CA
3/22 - West Hollywood, CA
3/24 - Albuquerque, NM
3/25 - Durango, CO
3/26 - Telluride, CO
3/27 - Glenwood Springs, CO
3/28 - Denver, CO

EOTO Takes The Country By Storm With Innovative Live Electronic Music

From dance halls to intimate theaters worldwide comes EOTO - the nation’s top innovator in glitchy electronic, bass thumping, dub-step themed music. With performances booked well into 2010 including dates in Tucson, Albuquerque, San Diego and all along the western seaboard, EOTO is taking the country by storm with their innovative brand of live electronic music.

What EOTO achieves on stage is nothing short of astounding. Performed with all of the bells and whistles of a traditional electronic artist plus the addition of live drums, vocals, bass and guitar, the duo creates each and every bass ridden noise right before your eyes -without the addition of a single pre-recorded track. Known for their 100% live improvised performance, EOTO is breaking ground into a new sub culture of music while standing against some of the nations best live DJ’s in the country.

With leagues of sold-out theater performances in 2009, the project started out as an avenue for the duo to blow off steam and generally just have a good time playing around with technology with music. Now, a full time project for the pair with a seemingly endless tour featuring over 600 shows in 4 years and sold out performances in every market in the country. With no signs of stopping, EOTO fine-tunes their approach and skill with each and every show they play, leaving the next performance more unique then the last.

The project will be careening the countryside in 2010 with back-to-back performances scheduled well into late spring and festival dates booked swiftly behind it. The project will be playing along the mountain west and up the west coast before heading back to middle America, through the South, and over to the East Coast in support of their third release, Fire The Lazers, which is now available on iTunes or at a show near you.

For more information about EOTO check out the MySpace

TOUR DATES:
2/5/2010 Rialto Theater - Tucson, AZ
2/6/2010 Aggie Theatre - Fort Collins, CO
2/15/2010 Three20South - Breckenridge, CO
2/16/2010 Samana Lounge - Vail, CO
2/17/2010 Belly Up - Aspen, CO
2/18/2010 Eldo - Crested Butte, CO
2/18/2010 Eldo - Crested Butte, CO
2/19/2010 Fly Me To The Moon - Telluride, CO
2/20/2010 Abbey Theatre - Durango, CO
2/21/2010 Santa FE Brewing Co - Santa Fe, NM
2/22/2010 The Launchpad - Albuqurque, NM
2/23/2010 The Sail Inn - Tempe, AZ
2/24/2010 Orpheum Theatre - Flagstaff, AZ
2/25/2010 E -String Bar and Grill - Henderson, NV
2/27/2010 Winston's - San Diego, CA
2/28/2010 SOhO - Santa Barbara, CA
3/3/2010 Cooper's Ale Works - Nevada City, CA
3/4/2010 Crystal Bay Club Casino - Crystal Bay, NV
3/5/2010 103 Harriet - San Francisco, CA
3/6/2010 Don Quixote's - International Music Hall Felton, CA
3/7/2010 Hopmonk Tavern - Sebastopol, CA
3/8/2010 Red Fox Tavern - Eureka, CA
3/11/2010 The WOW Hall - Eugene, OR
3/12/2010 Berbati's Pan - Portland, OR
3/17/2010 The Palace - Missoula, MT
3/24/2010 The Cider House - Knoxville, TN
4/9/2010 Fox Theatre - Boulder, CO
4/23/2010 Cabooze - Minneapolis, MN

My Morning Jacket Hit The Road With The Preservation Hall Jazz Band

It’s been almost a full year, but the wait is finally over.  My Morning Jacket are ready to bring their electrifying live show back on the road.  The guys will make their way around the Southeastern United States this Spring, including a performance at this year’s Jazzfest in New Orleans.  MMJ are also excited to both try something new with their choice for an opening act, and bring some of the spirit of NOLA along with them.  The band is honored that the historic Preservation Hall Jazz Band will be supporting them on the run.

The connection with the PHJB originated in the Spring of 2009 when MMJ frontman Jim James was invited to sing with them at their home turf, New Orleans’ legendary Preservation HallJames recorded two songs with the band: “St. James Infirmary” and “Louisiana Fairytale.”  The tracks will appear on the bands forthcoming album,  PRESERVATION: An Album To Benefit Preservation Hall & The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program, out February 16th.

“When I got the invitation to go to the legendary Preservation Hall – where SO much of the music we now know and love on this earth found its early roots – I did not waste a minute,”  James reminisces.  “Getting to sing while the guys played with such glorious bursts of sound – all live in that holy room with the ghosts and garbage trucks crankin’ along – was an experience I’ll never forget.”

The PHJB’s leader Ben Jaffe shares his memory of playing with James: “I couldn’t have imagined Jim fitting in any better with the guys at Preservation Hall.  Creating music is not a science.  There is no tried and true formula.  There is an unspoken bond amongst musicians.  One that exists in the notes we choose.  Jim’s like our long lost cousin coming home for the first time.”

MMJ Tour Dates With The Preservation Hall Jazz Band:

04/20:  Birmingham, AL @ Alabama Theater

04/21:  Nashville, TN @ Municipal Auditorium

04/23:  Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park

04/24:  New Orleans, LA @ Jazzfest

04/27:  St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheater

04/28:  Charleston, SC @ Family Circle

04/30:  Raleigh, NC @ Koka Booth

05/01:  Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion

05/02:  Columbus, OH @ LC Outdoor Pavilion

Toubab Krewe Co-Headlining Tour with John Brown's Body!

On March 11th, progressive reggae band John Brown's Body and West African-influenced quintet Toubab Krewe kick off a 13-city co-headlining U.S. tour. The tour begins in Brooklyn, NY, and ends in Solana Beach, CA.

Each group has achieved mainstream success by performing their own forward-thinking approach to traditional roots styles, John Brown's Body with reggae and Toubab Krewe with West African music.

In recent years both groups' music has spread like a grassroots wildfire to the farthest corners of the world. While Toubab Krewe performed in Mali and Portugal, John Brown's Body completed first-ever tours of New Zealand and the UK in late 2009.

This month, the musicians were re-introduced aboard Jam Cruise -- the celebrated, floating music festival in the Caribbean. Returning from stops in Jamaica and Grand Cayman Island, the bands met up during an all-artist basketball tournament (neither advanced past the first round). Despite a disappointing showing on the court, they spent the night catching up and watching each other perform as the ship sailed out to sea.

The upcoming tour will build on the friendly vibe forged in far away places, where the bands found common ground.

John Brown's Body & Toubab Krewe Co-Headlining U.S. Tour Dates:

March 11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
March 12 - Ithaca, NY - Castaways
April 03 - Chicago, IL - Double Door
April 04 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
April 05 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
April 08 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre
April 09 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre
April 12 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
April 16 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
April 17 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
April 19 - San Francisco, CA - Independent
April 20 - Los Angeles, CA - Roxy Theatre
April 21 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern

Complete Toubab Krewe Tour Dates (*Indicates co-bill with JBB):

February 4 - Boone, NC - Legends at Appalachian State

February 5 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle

February 6 - Charleston, SC - Pour House

February 12 - Richmond, VA - The National

February 13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

February 18 - Knoxville, TN - Cider House

February 19 - Birmingham, AL - Zydeco

February 20 - Nashville, TN - Exit In

February 25 - Greenville, SC - Handlebar

February 26 - Wilmington, NC – Soapbox

February 27 - Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre

*March 11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg

*March 12 - Ithaca, NY - Castaways

March 13 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground

March 16 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom

March 17 - Columbus, OH - Rumba Cafe

March 18 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Small's Theatre

March 19 - Harrisburg, PA - Abbey Bar

March 20 - Philadelphia, PA - The Note

March 24 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall

March 25 - Allston, MA - Harper’s Ferry

March 26 - New Haven, CT - Toad's Place

March 27 - Providence, RI | Jerky's Live Music Hall

*April 3 - Chicago, IL - Double Door

*April 4 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre

*April 5 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center

*April 8 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre

*April 9 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre

*April 12 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot

*April 16 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern

*April 17 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge

*April 19 - San Francisco – Independent

*April 20 - Los Angeles, CA - Roxy Theatre

*April 21 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern

April 27 - Austin, TX – Stubbs

James McMurtry gets iPhone app, embarks on Western tour

James McMurtry fans can now stay up to date with concert information, photos, videos, music and blog posts while they are on the go with the  his new official iPhone application.  The app also allows users to post photos from their iPhone directly to the fan community and engage other fans across Facebook and iLike. The app is available for $.99 at the link here.

McMurtry and his band will be touring the western United States in support of his latest release, Live in Europe (Lightning Rod Records). The album is a document of McMurtry’s first European tour, on which he was joined by keyboardist Ian McLagan and fellow Texas songwriting legend Jon Dee Graham. The set is available as a CD with a bonus DVD, or as a deluxe vinyl LP package with a CD and DVD insert.

Live in Europe, available as a CD/DVD set or as a vinyl LP/DVD set, has earned praise from the critics. Mike Seely, writing in the Seattle Weekly, wrote: “The great Texan James McMurtry released a new album of old material in 2009—in other words, a live album. No matter: Mere mention of its drop date gave me an excuse to delve deeper into McMurtry's supremely underrated oeuvre. . . This re-exposure made me surer than ever that McMurtry is the Springsteen of the South.”

Blurt’s Steve Pick added, “With a new administration in office, he's taken six of the less directly political songs from that record, added two other older cuts, and brought out Live in Europe. It's another chance to notice how in and around the anger about macroscopic events, McMurtry is capable of extraordinary nuance in describing the lives of ordinary people on a microscopic level.”

In addition, McMurtry’s 2005 song “We Can’t Make it Here” was listed as the “Song of the Decade” both by the Lefsetz Letter’s Bob Lefsetz, and by NoDepression.com’s Grant Alden, the latter of whom called it, “Angry and musically adventurous and pissed off, which is different from angry. And a summary of how this decade felt, from my side of the typing.” The Nation declared McMurtry “Most Important Rocker.”

TOUR DATES
Sat., Jan. 16  NEW BRAUNFELS, TX Gruene Hall
Sat., Jan. 30  SPICEWOOD, TX Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill
Sat., Feb. 6 ALPINE, TX Railroad Blues
Tues., Feb. 9 TUCSON, AZ Club Congress
Wed., Feb. 10 PHOENIX, AZ Rhythm Room
Thurs., Feb. 11 LOS ANGELES, CA The Mint
Fri., Feb. 12  SANTA MONICA, CA McCabe's Guitar Shop
Sat.-Sun., Feb. 13-14  SANTA CRUZ, CA Don Quixote's Int’l Music Hall
Tues., Feb. 16  SAN FRANCISCO, CA Great American Music Hall
Wed., Feb. 17  WINTERS, CA The Palms
Fri., Feb. 19  PORTLAND, OR Aladdin Theater
Sat., Feb. 20  EUGENE, OR WOW Hall
Sun., Feb. 21  SEATTLE , WA Tractor Tavern
Tues., Feb. 23  BOISE, ID Neurolux
Wed., Feb. 24  SALT LAKE CITY, UT The State Room
Thurs., Feb. 25  PAONIA, CO Paradise Theater
Fri., Feb. 26  FT COLLINS, CO Aggie Theater
Sat., Feb. 27  BOULDER, CO Fox Theater
Sun., Feb. 28  OMAHA, NE The Waiting Room
Tues., March 2 KANSAS CITY, MO Knuckleheads
Wed., March 3 COLUMBIA, MO Mojo's
Fri., March 5  OKLAHOMA CITY, OK Wormy Dog Saloon
Sat., March 6  FORT WORTH, TX The Aardvark

Tibet House US Adds Regina Spektor and Gogol Bordello to 20th Annual Benefit Concert Line Up

Tibet House US has added Regina Spektor and Gogol Bordello to the bill of the 20th Annual Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall. Already confirmed in the line-up, which is brought together by the concert’s artistic director Philip Glass, is Patti Smith, Jesse Smith, Michael Campbell, Baaba Maal and Pierce Turner. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling Carnegie Charge at 212.247.7800 or in person at the Carnegie Hall Box Office (57th Street and Seventh Avenue). Tickets to the concert and a fundraising reception with the event’s Honorary Chairpersons and artists (following the performance) are available through Tibet House US.  Please note: Concert only tickets are not available through Tibet House US. For more information or to reserve tickets for the concert and reception call Tibet House US Monday- Friday, 10 A.M.- 5 P.M. at 212.807.0563 or visit http://www.tibethouse.org.

For twenty years, the annual concert has assembled some of the biggest names in music and offers audiences a mix of unprecedented musical collaborations and solo offerings.  Past unforgettable concerts have featured such talents as David Bowie, Paul Simon, Sheryl Crow, Moby, Sigur Ros, Bright Eyes, R.E.M., The National, Natalie Merchant, Rufus Wainwright, Vampire Weekend, Emmylou Harris, Live, Ray Davies and Damien Rice, among many others.

The Tibet House US Benefit Concert commemorates the Monlam Prayer Festival traditionally held at the time of the Tibetan New Year. The festival drew vast numbers of monks, citizens and pilgrims from all over the country who gathered to pray for world peace and prosperity. Tibet House US is a non-profit organization founded in 1987 at the behest of His Holiness the Dalai Lama that serves as a center for the preservation and presentation of the endangered Tibetan culture.

About Tibet House US

Tibet House US is a non-profit organization founded in 1987 at the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to serve as a center for the preservation and presentation of endangered Tibetan culture. This annual fundraiser supports the work of Tibet House US. Each year a portion of the event proceeds are shared with other charitable organizations. This year’s recipients are the local Tibetan group, Tibetan Community of New York and New Jersey, and others to be announced.

About the Performers

Philip Glass Through his operas, his symphonies, his compositions for his own ensemble, and his wide-ranging collaborations with artists ranging from Twyla Tharp to Allen Ginsberg, Woody Allen to David Bowie, Philip Glass has had an extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times.  In the past 25 years, Glass has composed more than twenty operas, large and small; eight symphonies (with others already on the way); two piano concertos and concertos for violin, piano, timpani, and saxophone quartet and orchestra; soundtracks to films ranging from new scores for the stylized classics of Jean Cocteau to Errol Morris’s documentary about former defense secretary Robert McNamara; string quartets; a growing body of work for solo piano and organ. He has collaborated with Paul Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Yo-Yo Ma, and Doris Lessing, among many others. He presents lectures, workshops, and solo keyboard performances around the world, and continues to appear regularly with the Philip Glass Ensemble.

Baaba Maal Senegalese master-musician Baaba Maal has just released Television (Palm Pictures), the groundbreaking successor to 2001’s Missing You. Television is a collaboration primarily between Baaba Maal and singer Sabina Sciubba and keyboardist Didi Gutman, members of New York’s Brazilian Girls. The result is a disarmingly beautiful and diverse record that meshes two genres, generally unfamiliar to each other, to produce an eclectic and romantic sound. The enigmatically named title-track refers to a relatively recent phenomenon in Africa - ubiquitous TV screens. “The television set is like a stranger you didn’t ask for coming into your living-room,” explains Baaba. “You don’t care about who he is: he just seems to come from nowhere and gives you information.” Baaba Maal’s mission in West Africa extends beyond his music. He is committed to the concerns of families, young people and the future of the continent, as is reflected in his role as Youth Emissary for the United Nations’ Development Programme, about which he says: ‘It strengthens my determination to work harder to contribute more to improving the living conditions of disadvantaged people of the African continent, especially young people, whose future is seriously threatened by illiteracy, poverty and HIV/AIDS. When I am talking about Africa, it is about how Africa will grow into the new millennium. This is why I really wanted to make music, so people can listen more to the music and the messages I am talking about.’

Gogol Bordello Internationally acclaimed Gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello has spent its career electrifying audiences across the globe including performances at some of the most popular music festivals such as Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Glastonbury, Fuji Rock and Ruisrock just to name a few. The band took a break from the road in the first half of 2009 to record their forthcoming album with producer Rick Rubin.  Breaking down musical barriers since 1999, Gogol Bordello’s supercharged music is based on a brutal gypsy two step rhythm augmented by punk, flamenco, samba, roots reggae, Italian spaghetti, Western twang, dub and other sounds generated by gypsies and rebels from across the globe. Gogol Bordello’s philosophy is simple and pragmatic. Music makes it possible to make the contradictions of life sound harmonious, at least for the duration of a song. Their transcontinental rebel rock is based on the belief that music and art can transform negative energy to positive and inspire individual action.

Patti Smith Born in Chicago and raised in South Jersey, poet/singer/songwriter Patti Smith moved to New York City and gained recognition as one of the first visionary artists of the 1970’s - known for the mergence of poetry and rock.  She and her band released 8 studio albums on Arista Records 1975-2002: Horses, Radio Ethiopia, Easter, Wave, Dream of Life, Gone Again, Peace and Noise, and Gung Ho and a compilation of rare studio and live performances entitled Land. April 2004 marked the release of Patti Smith and her band’s first Columbia recording trampin’, critically acclaimed for its diversity, which subjects range from motherhood to the preemptive strike on Iraq. In September 2002, the Andy Warhol Museum launched Strange Messenger, an exhibit containing drawings, silkscreens inspired by the events of 9.11.01, and photographs from 1967-2002.  Her published books include Babel, Early Work, The Coral Sea, Complete, and Auguries of Innocence. In June 2005, she was awarded by the French Republic; the grade of "Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres" The grade of "Commandeur" is the highest grade which can be given. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. In 2007 Patti and her band issued twelve, a CD of cover songs.  2008 included the retrospective exhibit Land 250 at the Cartier Foundation in Paris, the award winning release of Dream of Life: the Movie documentary by Steven Sebring, and an honorary doctorate degree in arts and letters from Rowan State University.  In 2009 Patti Smith was a recipient of the Pratt Institute's Legends Award.  Smith's latest book, Just Kids, will be published in January 2010 by Harper Collins/Ecco Press, about her early life, discovering art and literature, leaving New Jersey for New York City, meeting Robert Mapplethorpe, and their journey together into their respective careers as artists.  Patti Smith continues to create photographs, drawings, and installations for exhibits that are planned for the next year, as well as recording, spoken word performances and touring with her band.

Jesse Smith & Michael Campbell Jesse Smith spent her early childhood in Michigan, and moved to New York City in 1996.  She has had many unique opportunities, such as touring globally with her mother's band, and the chance to be involved in many artistic, musical, and environmental projects. Jesse composes instrumental pieces for piano. She has also written and performed music for her mother and recorded on various albums.

Michael Campbell grew up in Michigan as well, though met Jesse after coming to New York City. Since arriving in New York, he has been able to perform and record with various musical groups, as well as continue to develop his own musical style, with the addition of the aquarion, a glass percussion instrument. Michael and Jesse work together and individually on many musical projects, writing their own compositions. They have recently begun exploring the medium of film scoring, and have performed live film soundtracks at New York galleries. They look forward to recording their own music and continuing to work on environmental sustainability projects.

Regina Spektor Since emerging on the NYC café circuit in 2001, this Russian-born, Bronx-bred artist has been hailed as a truly special talent. With an uninhibited imagination and acute sense of detail both in music and words, Regina Spektor has gone from practicing on an out of tune piano in the basement of her local synagogue to hypnotizing small crowds in NYC's lower East Side to selling out venues like New York's Radio City Music Hall worldwide. Continuing to showcase her amazing ability to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary with her unique and provocative vocal style and prodigious piano skills garnered through years of classical training, Spektor recently released her latest album "far," to an overwhelming response from both fans and critics and it debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200. “far” is the follow up to Spektor’s breakthrough album “Begin To Hope” which spent 5 weeks in a row at #1 on the Billboard new artists chart before moving to #20 on the Billboard Top 100 and selling 1 million copies worldwide (Gold or Platinum in 7 countries). Regina recently appeared on Saturday Night Live and has an upcoming performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Pierce Turner Pierce Turner is a songwriter and a composer of music for film and dance.  His first album for BMG was produced and arranged by Philip Glass.  The BBC described this critically acclaimed album as “Joyce with a voice” Many of Mr. Turner’s themes come from his early years in his native Ireland and subsequent years in America. His music has made it’s way into the HBO show The Wire, he was voted Irelands solo performer of the year in 1998 and has had his songs covered by Ireland’s legendary folk singer, Christy Moore.  The Irish Film Director Jim Sheridan went so far as to say; seeing Turner live gave him the strength and inspiration to make the Oscar winning “My Left Foot.” He is currently working on a book of his stories and lyrics and a track for his forthcoming album “Yogi with a Broken Heart “with Philip Glass on Keyboard (they plan to perform it at this event).  He is also preparing a full length performance of his 2001 time based CD “3 Minute World” for European festivals next summer.