BEST OF 2015: FIVE OF THE MUSEUM’S MOST CAPTIVATING PERFORMANCES
December 15, 2015
As the year draws to a close, we’re looking back at our favorite programs of 2015. Last week we discussed the year’s most memorable speakers and now we are revisiting the performances that stunned and captivated Rubin audiences in 2015. From the riveting Brooklyn Raga Massive concert in August to the solemn poetry and song of our To Nepal with Love concert in May, the performances below left a lasting impression on all who attended.
1) Tenzin Choegyal with Jesse Paris Smith and Guest Laurie Anderson
In February, we hosted a sold-out show starring international award-winning Tibetan singer/songwriter Tenzin Choegyal, his composer friend Jesse Paris Smith, and two accompanying musicians for a special concert inspired by the Tibetan Book of the Dead. The concert, Bardo Songs for In-between, also featured live narration by performance artist, Laurie Anderson. Tenzin’s beautifully evocative vocals combined with Anderson’s words and the enthralling layers of music, setting a meditative ambiance that unlike any other.
2) Brooklyn Raga Massive All-Stars Perform Terry Riley’s “In C”
In honor of Ganesha’s birthday in September, the Rubin’s Himalayan Heritage Meetup group hosted an event with India Home, Inc., a senior daycare center in Jackson Heights, Queens that brings culturally dynamic programming to members of the South Asian community. The dancers, many of whom were in their eighties, heated up the stage as they performed the vigorous folk dance from Gujarat, India ““ Raas Garba. The vibrantly-dressed dancers swirled rhythmically in unison as the beats of the traditional dhol quickened, leaving the audience in awe. It was truly a treat for the senses!
4) Honor Nepal: To Nepal with Love – Spiral Music Concert with Jesse Paris Smith and Friends