AWAKEN Season 3 Launch Party

K2 Friday Night

Friday, 10.6.23
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Join us for a special K2 Friday Night to celebrate the Season 3 launch of our AWAKEN podcast! Free admission from 6:00 to 10:00 PM. Enjoy cocktails, art, music, podcast listening party, and special performance by Grammy Award-winning vocalist and composer and AWAKEN podcast host Falu.


Rubin members will be greeted by our membership team and given two free drink tickets to use at the K2 Lounge from 6:00 to 10:00 PM. Ready to renew or curious to learn more about Rubin membership? Visit the membership table! There will be an opportunity to renew or join at the event.


6:00–10:00 PM

Live DJ performance by Navarro in the K2 Lounge

6:00–8:00 PM

AWAKEN temporary tattoo station in the K2 Lounge

6:30–7:00 PM

Exhibition tour highlighting themes and artworks from AWAKEN Season 3

7:15 PM

Musical invocation by AWAKEN host and Grammy Award-winning vocalist and composer Falu in the lobby

7:30 PM

AWAKEN Season 3 listening party hosted by Falu in the theater. Limited seating available on a first-come first-served basis.


When something ends, something new begins. Our lives are full of countless such transitional moments that propel us into the unknown and compel us to wake up to what comes next. Season 3 of AWAKEN delves into the notion of life after and explores how we navigate the key events and qualities of human life—birth, learning, emotion, aspiration, morality, conflict, and death—as well as grapple with the ultimate mystery: the afterlife.

Hosted by Grammy Award-winning vocalist and composer Falu, AWAKEN uses artworks as a jumping off point for artists, writers, scientists, poets, Buddhist teachers, and more to share stories of transformation. By hearing about their life-defining moments, we can better understand how to move through change and emerge on the other side.

Listen to AWAKEN.


photo by Swapnil Junjare

Falu is a Grammy award-winning, internationally recognized vocalist, composer, and educator known for her ability to seamlessly blend a signature modern inventive style with a formidable Indian classically shaped vocal talent. Falu’s career in the United States has led to a series of collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma, Wyclef Jean, Philip Glass, Ricky Martin, Blues Traveler, and A. R. Rahman, among others. She was appointed Carnegie Hall’s ambassador of Indian Music in 2006, and her shows at Zankel Hall have consistently sold out. Falu’s highlight performances include the 2022 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony and former President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s White House State Dinner. During Diwali in 2022, the Mayor of New York City Eric Adams awarded her a citation for successfully representing immigrants in the city. Later that year she received a proclamation by the NYC Council “for fostering greater harmony around the world.”

Described by the New York Times as “East and West, ancient and modern” and named one of the twenty most influential global Indian women by the Economic Times, Falu continues to record and perform globally, and she serves as the Board of Governor for the Recording Academy’s New York Chapter.



Navarro is a true musicologist, adept at stringing together eclectic songs to create soundtracks for any occasion. With over two decades of experience playing all over the city, from neighborhood bars to the fanciest and most formal of settings, from free-form fm radio and public access television to celebrity birthday parties, Navarro is a master of unearthing forgotten gems to make a room sparkle in sound.

AWAKEN Season 3 and Death Is Not the End are supported by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Ellen Bayard Weedon Foundation, Robert Lehman Foundation, and The Prospect Hill Foundation.

Death Is Not the End is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Lead support for the Rubin Museum is provided by the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Bob and Lois Baylis, Barbara Bowman, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Noah P. Dorsky, Fred Eychaner, Christopher J. Fussner, Agnes Gund, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Global, the Estate of Lisina M. Hoch, Henry Luce Foundation, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, Mellon Foundation, Matt and Ann Nimetz, The Randleigh Foundation Trust, Shelley and Donald Rubin, Tiger Baron Foundation, and Ellen Bayard Weedon Foundation.

General operating support of the Rubin Museum of Art is provided by Daphne Hoch Cunningham and John Cunningham, Anne E. Delaney, Dalio Philanthropies, Janet Gardner, Dan Gimbel of NEPC, Inc., Gerry Ohrstrom, The Prospect Hill Foundation, Basha Rubin and Scott Grinsell, Namita and Arun Saraf, Linda Schejola, Eric and Alexandra Schoenberg, Eileen Caulfield Schwab, Jesse Smith and Annice Kenan, Tsherin Sherpa, Tong-Tong Zhu and Jianing Liu, with generous donations from the Museum’s Board of Trustees, individual donors and members, and corporate and foundation supporters.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

The Rubin Museum’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation,

Advanced online reservations are recommended. Enter any time between 6:00 and 10:00 PM. Walk-up tickets are not guaranteed and will be available only as capacity allows.

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