Posted in music | pictures on February 22, 2013

"Highlights of amazing @tibethouseus concert: Ira Glass dancing, Jim James singing, & Patti Smith & Phillip Glass performing a Ginsberg poem." - Ann Napolitano

Jim James and Ariel Pink (via Force Field)
Jim and Ariel

The 23rd Annual Tibet House Benefit Concert went down at Carnegie Hall last night (2/21) with Jim James, Merrill Garbus (aka tUnE-yArDs), Ariel Pink, Patti Smith, Rahzel, Tenzin Choegyal, Jesse Smith, and artistic director Philip Glass, with backing from Scorchio Quartet, dancing from This American Life's Ira Glass, and an opening Monk chant.

As these shows usually go, the participating musicians all collaborated with each other on stage throughout the show. Some highlights include Ariel Pink being joined by Philip Glass at one point and then Merrill Garbus at another, Patti Smith reading Allen Ginsberg's "Wichita Vortex Sutra" as Philip Glass played backing piano, and the concert's final song, which saw everyone but Pink coming on stage for Patti Smith's "People Have the Power."

If you were there, did you see Uma Thurman in the audience? She was there with her father, Robert, a Buddhist writer who is President of TIbet House US, and who, along with Philip Glass, gave an introductory speech at the concert.

The full setlist and a couple shots of Jim James' set below...

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photo by Tracey Ketcher
Tibet House

photo by Tracey Ketcher
Tibet House

Tibet House 23rd Annual Benefit Setlist

Monks Chant
Bob Thurman Remarks
Philip Glass Remarks
tUnE-yArDs & Scorchio Quartet - Warrior Women
tUnE-yArDs & Scorchio Quartet - Gangsta
Ariel Pink & Scorchio Quartet - Grey Sunset
Ariel Pink & Scorchio Quartet - The Drowning of the Queen Mary
Rahzel & Scorchio Quartet - Lord of the Rings
Ira Glass - One Radio Host, Two Dancers
Tenzin & Scorchio Quartet - Nomad Song
Tenzin & Scorchio Quartet - Himalaya
Jim James & Scorchio Quartet - Exploding
Jim James & Scorchio Quartet - Of the Mother Again
Jim James, Scorchio Quartet, House Band - A New Life
House Band - For Your Love
Philip Glass, Patti Smith - Wichita Vortex
Philip Glass, Rahzel - Etude No. 10
Patti Smith, Jesse, Eric, Scorchio Quartet - Poem
Patti Smith, Jesse, Eric, Patti Smith Band - Ghost Dance
Patti Smith, Patti Smith Band - Amerigo
Finale - People Have the Power

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Comments (14)

jim james has been wearing the same suit since tuesday. it has to smell like death

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2013 2:55 PM

Looking forward to the beatboxing part of the show.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2013 3:01 PM

Cool, rock and roll heaven. Never thought I'd get to see Jerry Garcia AND Kurt Cobain.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2013 3:35 PM

^ HAHAHAHAHAHA. Amazing. Impressed that Ariel looks so good.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2013 4:31 PM

looking good guys

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2013 5:00 PM

The Geico Caveman plays guitar for Jim James?

Posted by Venkman | February 22, 2013 5:03 PM

Isnt that the fat guy who wears the cloak? Maybe hes a wizard.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2013 5:36 PM

- Tune-Yards would have been better without the awkward Ono cover.

- Ariel Pink was awful, as if he'd never been onstage before.

- Rahzel wasn't as interesting as I expected.

- Ira Glass's routine was pretty entertaining.

- Tenzin Choegyal was great.

- Jim James was phenomenal, best of the night.

- The "house band" listed above was just the Patti Smith Group, sans Patti.

- Setlist is missing the beautiful xylophone piece performed by Patti Smith's daughter Jesse and another guy. I think it was right before the Ginsberg poem.

Overall, kind of a strange night with a few bright spots.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2013 6:06 PM

Patti Smith needs to stop playing that stupid "People Power" song.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2013 10:11 PM

6:06 is 100% on target

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2013 2:45 PM

6:06 - that "guy" was Patti Smith

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2013 3:34 PM

@3:34 Nope, it was Jesse Smith and Eric Hoegemeyer. They performed a piece called "Water Ox vs. Fire Rabbit" on stone marimba, glass marimba and analog synthesizer.

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2013 2:36 PM

I like his long hair.

Posted by Jamie | March 9, 2014 6:12 PM

One of the best things about music, and probably the thing that keeps me always looking for and listening to new things, is the sheer joy of discovering something completely new.

Posted by Sessions | September 18, 2014 11:58 AM

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