Philippines Benefit Concert for Typhoon Yolanda Philippines Benefit Concert for Typhoon Yolanda

with Philip Glass, Tyondai Braxton + Ben Vida, Prefuse 73, Satomi Matsuzaki (of Deerhoof), Dan Friel (of Parts & Labor), DJ Jon Santos & very special guest

Thu December 19th, 2013


Main Space

Minimum Age: All Ages

Doors Open: 7:00PM

Show Time: 8:00PM

Event Ticket: $25/$50/$75/$100

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START HERE collaborates with Tyondai Braxton and Le Poisson Rouge to present a benefit concert bringing aid to the Philippines in response to super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). All proceeds raised at this event will go to A Single Drop (ASD). ASD is an NGO dedicated to shaping mid- to long-term aid in water and sanitation, as well as sustainable strategies for shelter, food security, and livelihood.
START HERE is the international qualitative team of Clara Balaguer (Manila/Office of Culture and Design), Kristian Henson (NYC/Manila), and Grace Villamil (NYC).Start Here is dedicated to creating a network of events to raise funds, forment dialogue and build awareness for the long-term problematic disasters in the Philippines, concentrating most recently on the earthquake in Bohol, Cebu (October 2013), and SuperTyphoon Haiyan (Yolanda).
Contribute what you can:
This is a general admission, standing event.
(main photo via Dummy Mag)

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Philippines Benefit Concert for Typhoon Yolanda

Philip Glass

Through his operas, his symphonies, his compositions for his own ensemble, and his wide-ranging collaborations with artists ranging from Twyla Tharp to Allen Ginsberg, Woody Allen to David Bowie, Philip Glass has had an extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times.
The operas – “Einstein on the Beach,” “Satyagraha,” “Akhnaten,” and “The Voyage,” among many others – play throughout the world’s leading houses, and rarely to an empty seat. Glass has written music for experimental theater and for Academy Award-winning motion pictures such as “The Hours” and Martin Scorsese’s “Kundun,” while “Koyaanisqatsi,” his initial filmic landscape with Godfrey Reggio and the Philip Glass Ensemble, may be the most radical and influential mating of sound and vision since “Fantasia.” His associations, personal and professional, with leading rock, pop and world music artists date back to the 1960s, including the beginning of his collaborative relationship with artist Robert Wilson. Indeed, Glass is the first composer to win a wide, multi-generational audience in the opera house, the concert hall, the dance world, in film and in popular music — simultaneously. (read more at

Tyondai Braxton + Ben Vida

Tyondai Braxton has been actively involved in music composition and performance since the mid 90’s.
His music consists most prominently of “orchestrated loops,” a real-time overlaying of guitar, voice and found objects designed to simulate an ensemble. As the former guitarist, keyboardist and singer of Battles, he received world-wide acclaim for the group’s debut album Mirrored, which, amongst other honors and awards the album received, was hailed by Time Magazine as one of the ten best records of the year. With over 2.5 million views on YouTube of the band’s single Atlas, the 10 month tour for the record brought the band to such venues as The Cartier Foundation Museum in Paris, The Fuji Rock Festival in Northern Japan, and the Sydney Opera House in Australia for Brian Eno’s Luminous Festival.
Most recently completing “Central Market” a record for large orchestra and orchestra on Warp Records. Central Market was adapted for ballet by Baryshnikov Art Center-resident choreographer John Heginbotham, and premiers at Lincoln Center, Library of Congress, in addition to The Walker Arts Museum, and, in the U.K, Steve Reich’s Reverberation Festival, Barbican, in 2011. He’s received commissions ranging from multimedia art/music installations (Lower Manhattan Cultural Council) to scoring composition for world renowned ensembles (Kronos Quartet, Bang On A Can) and contemporary dance troupes (Merce Cunningham protégé Alan Good). Braxton currently lives in NY.
photo credit: Grace Villamil
Ben Vida has worked with artists Siebren Versteeg, Meredyth Sparks, Marina Rosenfeld, Luke Fowler, Hisham Bharoocha, Nadia Hironaka and Mathew Suib and has played in ensembles led by Tony Conrad, Rhys Chattam, and Werner Dafeldecker. He has performed with with David Behrman, Tyondai Braxton, Nate Wooley, Ryan Sawyer, Chad Taylor, Eli Keszler, Yamatsuka Eye and C. Spencer Yeh among many others. He has released over twenty records on such labels as Thrill Jockey, Drag City, PAN, Amish, Bottrop-Boy, Hapna and Kranky.
In 2011 Vida was Composer in Residency at Diapason Space, NYC and at EMS Studios, Stockholm and was awarded a Swedish Arts Committee Travel Grant, ISSUE Project Room Emerging Artists Commission and Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona “Composing with Process” Exclusive Works Commission. 2012 he premiered a new composition for fixed electronics and small ensemble commissioned by the ACM/Palomar Ensemble in Chicago. In the spring of 2013 he will be an Artist in Residence at Clocktower, NYC and Issue Project Room, Brooklyn and will stage a solo show at Audio Visual Arts Gallery in Manhattan. As both a solo artist and in collaboration Vida has presented his work in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, South Korea and Japan.
Ben Vida on Blogspot
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Prefuse 73

Guillermo Scott Herren is nothing if not proven. It’s hard to think of a name that carries as much weight in both hip-hop and avant-rock circles as Prefuse 73, who in the past year alone has been asked to remix TV On The Radio, Pelican, BLK JKS, Cornelius, and producing the L.A. duo: “Voices Voices” e.p. on Manimal Records. Not to mention his collaborations with School of Seven Bells and Battles. These interactions have clearly helped to shape the evolving Herren’s sonic aesthetic, which has expanded to include Diamond Watch Wrists twisted visions of prog-rock & “machine funk” and Savath y Savalas global psychedelia.
Last year, Prefuse 73’s Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian, Herren rejected the idea of straight digital recording and instead went the much more intensive route of recording to analog Ampex tape, giving the album the sound of a lost tape of exploratory studio musicians from the not-too-distant past. In addition to the recording process, …Ampexian also differs in its composition, existing as a tapestry of tracks of varying lengths and moods, albeit with a remarkable linear flow and, of course, unmatched rhythmic bump. The album features appearances by fellow Savath Y Savalas member Lange (also co-produced), School of Seven Bells vocalist Claudia Deheza, Zach Hill, Dimitri Grimm and Gaslamp KIller. He continued with an e.p. entitled: The Forest of Oversensitivity” and a Japanese Only release entitled: “Meditations upon Meditations”.
This past year has taken him on a whirlwind of of shows and tours in a number of configurations around the world and back. South America, Japan, random lofts in the middle of nowhere and so on. Now, into this new year of 2010, he has already completed a U.S. tour with: The Gaslamp Killer and Voices Voices. With plans to continue with more shows, tours and a full fledged composition and performance written for the: “Aukso Orchestra of Poland” in August.

Satomi Matsuzaki (of Deerhoof)

Dan Friel (of Parts & Labor)

Dan Friel is an experimental electronic musician based in Brooklyn, NY. He has been releasing solo recordings since 2001 and is a founding member of the indie/noiserock band Parts & Labor. Friel has also performed in Tyondai Braxon’s Central Market, Glenn Branca’s Symphony 13, and Damo Suzuki’s Network. Friel’s music has been featured in the New York Times, Pitchfork, Spin, Rolling Stone, and Wire.In 2005, Friel co-founded the independent record label Cardboard Records, releasing albums for Gowns (feat. Erika Anderson of EMA), Ecstatic Sunshine (feat. Dustin Wong of Ponytail and Matt Papich of Co La), and the “Love and Circuits” compilation featuring Thee Oh Sees, Matt and Kim, Fuckbuttons, High Places, Oneida, Japanther, and dozens of others).

Parts & Labor is on indefinite hiatus following their 10th anniversary show in February 2012. Friel is currently working on his next solo album, due out in early 2013.

The music he ends up with sounds like little else out there, a heaving mass of static beats, monolithic distortion, and bending, diving tones.. a unique and uncompromising sound that ultimately transcends its limitations.” – Pitchfork

“Strange and wonderful, and best of all, unlike anything else we can think of.” – Time Out New York

“There’s really no scene that you could file this album under – Friel is out there on his own. As such, the best tracks on Ghost Town feel like revelations, like new ways of communicating shared musical ideas.” – Dusted Magazine

Listen “Ghost Town Pt. 1

DJ Jon Santos

Jon Santos is an artist living and working in New York City. He works in video, sound, performance and sculpture. Recent projects include The Last Weekend with Peter Coffin, Telegraph at the Storefront for Art and Architecture Gala and Social Mirroring at the New Museum. Jon is an adjunct professor at Pratt Institute and is the principal of Common Space Studio, a multidisciplinary design and art studio. He has exhibited widely in group exhibitions at BAM, NY, WalkerArt Center, MN and the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, NY.
Jon Santos official site

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