LIVE CD OUT JULY 10TH ON ANTI- TO BENEFIT HEALING THE DIVIDE’S TIBETAN HEALTH INITIATIVE
In advance of the July 10th Anti- release of Healing The Divide: A Concert For Peace And Reconciliation – a live benefit CD recorded at September 21, 2003 concert at NYC’s Avery Fisher Hall featuring Tom Waits and the Kronos Quartet with Greg Cohen, Philip Glass and his Holiness The Dalai Lama, among others – a digital single for the track “Diamond In Your Mind” will be released June 26th.
The Waits/Brennan penned song, initially recorded by Solomon Burke for his critically acclaimed 2002 CD Don’t Give Up On Me, is an ultimate tale of survival and hope. Previously unreleased and one of four tracks by Waits on the forthcoming disc, “Diamond In Your Mind” highlights his iconic voice vividly braced against sparse and haunting arrangements performed with the Kronos Quartet and Cohen.
According to Waits, “Working with the Kronos Quartet was like firing a .38 Special with a clam shell holster: beauty meets brains.”
A review of the event by New York Times critic Jon Pareles praised the legendary singer’s headlining performance for its “ingenious variations on Mr. Waits’ waltzes and hymnlike tunes, skewing the oom-pah-pah to various places around the beat.” Healing The Divide: A Concert For Peace And Reconciliation is a musical meeting of East and West, transcending cultural boundaries through music and chronicled during the Dalai Lama’s 20-day tour of the U.S.
As with the concert, the artists, Anti- and Healing the Divide are donating all proceeds from iTunes and CD sales to the aforementioned 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 will provide one year of health insurance.
Founded by Richard Gere in 2001, Healing the Divide is a nonprofit organization dedicated to collaborative solutions to humanitarian crises.