"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...


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