Posted in music | pictures on February 6, 2009

photos by Tim Griffin

Philip Glass

"It's been 10 years since Tibet was the hot issue in the rock community, but some stars still carry the torch. One of the biggest forums for this activism is the annual Tibet House benefit in New York, where an eclectic group of artists bands together to salute Tibetan culture.

This year's concert, held [Tueusday] at Carnegie Hall, started off on an energetic note, with Antibalas raising the sedate crowd to its feet. After playing a song, they were joined by Beninese singer Angelique Kidjo, who wowed with an energetic cover of the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter," before performing one of her own songs, "Emma." Antibalas then exited stage right, while bluesman Keb' Mo' joined Kidjo for one more tune.

Curator Philip Glass then took the stage to introduce his son Zack, who was performing with the Patti Smith Band. The younger Glass played two pleasant, mainstream folk-rock tunes, the furthest thing possible from his father's experimental compositions. He was followed by Vampire Weekend, who played with a string quartet and debuted a new song that sounded even more influenced by Paul Simon's "Graceland" than its previous work, as well as "M79" from its self-titled debut.

At this point, the tone of the show changed, with the elder Glass perforing an original piano composition with the string quartet. The piece was lovely, but felt out-of-place after so much upbeat rock. To add to the discombobulation, the National, who played two excellent new songs, followed Glass.

...Patti Smith, a fixture at many Tibet House benefits, took the stage with her daughter Jesse accompanying her on piano.... [full review @ BILLBOARD]

More pictures below...

Philip Glass

Philip Glass

Philip Glass

Robert Thurman (President of Tibet House)...

Robert Thurman

Robert Thurman

Angelique Kidjo...

Angelique Kidjo

Angelique Kidjo

Angelique Kidjo

Antibalas...

Antibalas

Antibalas

Antibalas

Antibalas

Keb' Mo'...

Kembo

Kembo

Kembo

Techung and the Lhasa Spirits...

Techung and the Lhasa Spirits

Techung and the Lhasa Spirits

Zack Glass...

Zack Glass

Zack Glass

Steve Earle...

Steve Earle

Steve Earle

Steve Earle

Monks from Drepung Gomang Monastery...

Drepung Gomang Monastery

Drepung Gomang Monastery

Drepung Gomang Monastery

Vampire Weekend...

Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend

The National...

The National

The National

The National

The National

The National

The National

Patti Smith...

Patti Smith

Patti Smith

Patti Smith

Patti Smith

Patti Smith

Patti Smith

Philip Glass...

Philip Glass

Philip Glass

Philip Glass

Group Sing...

Philip Glass

Philip Glass

Philip Glass

Philip Glass

Philip Glass

Philip Glass

Philip Glass

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Comments (18)

Patti, Philip, please get a babysitter next time and leave the whelps at home.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2009 2:28 PM

Really bummed I didn't go to this.

Posted by michaelways | February 6, 2009 2:28 PM

**Really bummed I didn't go to this.**

You should be. Even the people who hate the idea of old people playing anything ever managed to understand and react semi-positively to the PSG's run-through of the Big Bopper/Richie Valens/Buddy Holly songs. Loved the National. Loved Vampire Weekend. But Kidjo's Stones cover ruled, and none of these people can compete with Patti. Just get out of her way. Literally. Best Tibet since Bowie retired.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2009 2:55 PM

Wow, look at all that music.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2009 3:51 PM

Just the idea of Philip Glass and The National on the same bill made me quite excited. Do you know the names of the National songs?

Posted by michaelways | February 6, 2009 4:07 PM

found good quality live versions of the new national songs for download from the tibet show here:

http://getglucky.com/?p=296

Posted by Edward | February 6, 2009 4:11 PM

Patti Smith's contemporary live performances are terrible. Anyone who thinks otherwise is a questionable character, to be sure. Otherwise, this looked swell.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2009 4:11 PM

This show really disappointed. I bought tickets months ago, and was excited for it. But, the National and VW played for less than 10 minutes each. Why not let them play a decent set? Oh, right: because we need to listen to Philip Glass's son. Variety shows are lame.

Posted by lp | February 6, 2009 4:32 PM

more discussion of the new national songs is going on over on the allthewine board. according to a source cited there, the songs were titled 'wake up your saints' and 'karamazov.'

you tube videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDjdfX76-IE&feature=channel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Rgjvs5ZSTg

doveman played piano on the first song; aaron dessner played with him on the second song.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2009 4:42 PM

The only nepotism going on should have been Steve Earle's son, Justin Townes Earle. But other than the lackluster kids, and the fact that so many great acts meant each only got 2 songs, it was a very fun night.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2009 5:15 PM

Kidjo was by far one of the best performances of the night.

VW...personally, I'm not a fan but I really enjoyed the two songs they performed...maybe because of the arrangement or maybe because I closed my eyes and listened to....wait for it...Paul Simon.

The National. Flippin' sweet. As always.

Zack Glass. Snore.
Philip Glass. Snore.

Keb' Mo'. I want to have his babies.

Patti Smith was on some seriously happy pills last night. I didn't mind the read as accompanied by her daughter on the piano... it was somewhat singsongy and well-rehearsed but damn if there wasnt some superflous wording going on.

Steve Earle. Love.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2009 6:44 PM

I want to thank all the artists for their support for the cause of Tibetan people. I wish you all best of luck and may peace prevail on the earth and may all sentient beings be happy and may Tibet be free.
Thanks to all. Tibetan people will never forget you.

Posted by lhundup | February 6, 2009 10:21 PM

Great Cause ... looks like a good show

Posted by New Hip Hop Songs | February 7, 2009 5:16 PM

Patti Smith looks like Howard Stern.

The people in the final pics being forced to do a group-sing look seriously uncomfortable. Just look at the poor monk in the background rolling his eyes in complete embarrassment. Tibet will remain unfree and plagued by tacky benefits for the foreseeable future.

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2009 6:11 PM

re: the national's new songs... after the show, i asked bryan devendorf what the name of the new songs were, and he told me that they didn't have names yet

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2009 11:43 PM

Patti Smith ruins everything.

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2009 11:06 AM

anyone looking for the national songs from this set - there are also recordings posted on stereogum, in addition to the fileshare link above:

http://stereogum.com/archives/mp3/the-national-unveil-new-songs-line-up-a-tour-feat_052491.html

same song titles that have been tossed around on the band message board.

Posted by talkingtowalls | February 18, 2009 9:57 AM

bless you lhundup.

patti smith is amazing - always was, always will be :)

Posted by Lori | March 14, 2009 2:29 AM

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