The 26th annual Tibet House Benefit Concert is scheduled to take over New York City's Carnegie Hall on February 22, 2016 and the initial lineup has just been announced. All proceeds from ticket sales and otherwise go to Tibet House US which was founded in 1987 as a long-term cultural institution to ensure the survival of Tibetan civilization and culture, whatever the political destiny of the six million people of Tibet itself. As usual, this coming year's lineup is pretty musically diverse including former Stooges frontman Iggy Pop, contemporary minimalist composer Philip Glass, funk and soul revival pioneer Sharon Jones, FKA Twigs, Basia Bulat and Dechen Shak-Dagsay and Helge van Dyk. You can grab tickets here.
Each artist has a lot going on. Sharon Jones, Iggy Pop and Philip Glass are all legends who have each been active musicians for decades, each known for their groundbreaking work in three very different genres as well as for never once resting on their myriad of laurels. Meanwhile, the newer artists like FKA Twigs and Basia Bulat have been busy in studios and on stages across the globe as the rigors of a fresh career as a musician demands.
Basia Bulat is the Canadian folk singer-songwriter known for playing the auto harp. As Brooklyn Vegan reports, she has a new band with Arcade Fire members Tim Kingsbury and Jeremy Gara. Bulat's fourth studio album, Good Advice, is coming out February 12th via Secret City records. She is also touring, including stops at SXSW and NYC in April.
As Stereogum reports, this past year's star-studded Carnegie Hall concert featured performances from A-list artists like Debbie Harry, Dev Hynes, Patti Smith, the Flaming Lips and others; Iggy Pop performed last year as well. In 2014, Joy Division was also among the star-studded roster. Watch Joy Division's performance of "Love Will Tear Us Apart" from the 2014 benefit concert below.