Various Artists: Healing The Divide

By: Chris Pacifico

Peep this. Just by purchasing Healing the Divide- A Concert for Peace and Reconciliation (Anti) you can provide a Tibetan monk or nun with a whole year of health insurance. So why wouldn't you want to get this right now!!!??

If that's not enough then check out the who's who of world music that performs on this spectacular live benefit concert recorded at the Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City in September of 2003. It was a benefit for Richard Gere's Healing the Divide Foundation, an organization that raises funds to promote understanding between Eastern and Western societies.

With an opening address from His Holiness the Dali Lama, the album starts off with a mesmerizing chant called "Invocation" from the Gyuto Tantric Choir, Tibetan singers who sing whole chords instead of single notes. Anoushka Shankar, the 26-year-old daughter of Ravi, enlightens the crowd with her sitar skills on "Nivedan" and Nawang Khechog plays the Tibetan flute with Native American flute genius R. Carlos Nakai on "Peace Chants." Philip Glass is joined by Foday Musa Suso and his 21-string kora harp lute on "The Gambia."

The final four tracks are a collaboration between Tom Waits and the Kronos Quartet. Waits' sardonic banter with his gravel pitched voice keeps the crowd chuckling between songs, while Kronos gives a waltz feel to "Way Down in the Hole" and a tango strut to "Lost in the Harbor." Avery Fisher Hall is where the New York Philharmonic performs, and Waits encourages the crowd to sing along with him on the chorus of "Diamond in Your Mind" as the production fades out into mostly the audience singing in the beautiful acoustics of the room - a truly magnificent moment. Buy this for the cause. Love it for the music.

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[Published on: 12/16/07]

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