On Friday, April 25, Esperanza Spalding and Kenny Werner will headline the Buddhist Global Relief’s annual Concert To Feed the Hungry. The concert will aim to raise awareness and funds to support the global fight to end hunger and malnutrition. Spalding and Werner will be joined by some of New York’s leading musicians at Manhattan’s Interchurch Center (475 Riverside Drive) at 7 p.m. for the show. The concert is being produced by jazz saxophonist Dan Blake (who will also play in Kenny Werner’s quartet), along with a team of volunteers from Buddhist Global Relief.
Bassist, singer and composer Spalding (pictured above) is no stranger to activism in her work, having teamed up with UNESCO and Herbie Hancock for International Jazz Day. She also recently produced and performed in a music video that advocates for the closing of the Guantanamo Bay prison, enlisting the support of Stevie Wonder, Harry Belafonte and others. She’ll be joined at the Concert To Feed the Hungry by pianist, composer and longtime collaborator Leonardo Genovese.
Pianist and composer Werner was awarded the 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship Award for his seminal work No Beginning No End, a musical journey exploring tragedy and loss, death and transition, and the path from one lifetime to the next. His groundbreaking work Effortless Mastery is one of the most widely read books on music and improvisation. He’ll be joined in New York by percussionist Richie Barshay, Johannes Weidenmueller and saxophonist Blake.
Funds raised from the concert will go to support BGR’s projects, which give vital food aid to poor communities around the world and promote greater food productivity at the grass-roots level, both locally and globally.
Tickets for the concert are $40 for general admission seats and $100 for VIP seats. VIP ticketholders will be invited to a pre-concert talk given by the artists. Tickets and more information are available at www.concerttofeedthehungry.org.
To learn more about Buddhist Global Relief, go to www.buddhistglobalrelief.org.