Tibet House‘s 22nd Annual Benefit Concert will take place tomorrow night 13 February, 2012, at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Since 1989, Tibet House has held an Annual Benefit Concert and Dinner Party celebrating the Tibetan New Year, which has been held at legendary Carnegie Hall since 1993. Composer Philip Glass, Vice President of Tibet House serves as the concert’s artistic director and curator. This year, he’ll be joined by Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Antony, Stephin Merritt, Dechen Shak-Dagsay, Rahzel, James Blake and others. Proceeds benefit the Tibet House US, a 7,000-square foot cultural center in New York that includes gallery space, a Tibetan Buddhist shrine, photographic archives and a library with over 1,000 volumes.
Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson
The consistently sold-out concert always features up and coming musicians and world artists, together with some of the music industry’s biggest legends (past benefit concerts have included Michael Stipe, Ben Harper, Patti Smith, Philip Glass and Ray Davies), famous for the more or less spontaneous and memorable onstage collaborations (Philip Glass and Flaming Lips image comes to mind). The concert and dinner party have become an anticipated annual event in New York City. And this year doesn’t disappoint, Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson and the talented newcomer James Blake, arguably three of my favorite musicians/artists, in the same concert -amazing. Great performers performing for a great cause. Doesn’t get better than this.
James Blake, The Wilhelm Scream, 2011
Tibet House has long been the preeminent institution dedicated to preserving Tibet’s rich cultural, artistic, and spiritual traditions. Dedicated to the proposition that the wisdom and arts of all human civilizations vitally enrich the emerging global culture, Tibet House has a special concern for Tibet, its people, its spectacular highlands, and its civilization of extraordinary wisdom and beauty. It is part of a worldwide network of Tibetan institutions committed to ensuring that the light of the Tibetan spirit never disappears from the face of the earth.