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Tom Waits, Kronos Quartet, Dalai Lama On Live CD

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 1June07

On July 10th, the wonderful label/catalog known only as ANTI- will release to the public the recording of Healing the Divide: A Concert for Peace and Reconciliation which was hosted by the Lincoln Center in NYC on September 21, 2003. This concert was the grand finale on the Dalai Lama’s 2003 US tour and featured live performances by Tom Waits, Kronos Quartet, Greg Cohen, Philip Glass, Anoushka Shankar and more. In fact, here is the cd tracklist:

TRACKLIST FOR Healing The Divide:

01 Speech by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
02 The Gyoto Tantric Choir – “Invocation”
03 Anoushka Shankar – “Nivedan”
04 Nawang Khechong and R. Carlos Nakai – “Peace Chants”
05 Phillip Glass and Foday Musa Suso – “The Gambia”
06 Tom Waits and Kronos Quartet with Greg Cohen – “Way Down in the Hole”
07 Tom Waits and Kronos Quartet with Greg Cohen – “God’s Away on Business”
08 Tom Waits and Kronos Quartet with Greg Cohen – “Lost in the Harbor”
09 Tom Waits and Kronos Quartet with Greg Cohen – “Diamond in Your Mind”
Healing The Divide is a non-profit organization created in 2002 in NYC that according to wiki, “maintains an international focus on conflict resolution, as it works in four “program” areas: health, justice, peace, and education/culture.” According to HTD’s own website:

Healing the Divide was created to challenge existing, failed modes of thought and action and to foster the kind of revolutionary transformations needed to break the bonds of ignorance, intolerance and injustice.

According to the press release:

All of the artists, Anti- Records, and Healing the Divide are donating all their proceeds from sales to Healing the Divide’s Tibetan Health Initiative, a program that provides health insurance and medical care to impoverished Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns living in refugee settlements. Each CD purchase provides one year of health insurance.

Tom Waits is quoted in the release as describing his involvement with the concert thus:

I’m no fool. It’s a spiritual insurance policy. Hell, at my age, the next group I put together, everyone may be playing a harp. All kidding aside, I owed His Holiness a favor. He did all my papers in school.

The cd will be available in stores and by download from iTunes starting on July 10th, and a DVD of the concert is also in the works according to some sources.

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