In the Spirit will feature the New York City premiere of
Songs of Milarepa
composed by Philip Glass and set to poems
by Milarepa (1052-1135), one of the most famous saints and poets of Tibet.
The premiere will be performed by
baritone Gregory Purnhagen, and
pianist Nelson Padgett.
Noted for its luminous sound, the 15-member vocal ensemble has been described as the "most venerable of New York's early music vocal ensembles"
(Wall Street Journal), and "the standard by which early music vocal groups are measured" (The New York Times)
Foday Musa Suso
A renowned Gambian master of the
kora, he is known for his hypnotic performances of traditional Mandingo music, as well as for his collaborations with Herbie Hancock, Philip Glass, Jack DeJohnette, and the Kronos Quartet.
The Qawwali-music ensemble performs ecstatic improvisational Sufi vocal music made famous in the West by group's spiritual predecessor, the late Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
A celebrated Chinese
pipa virtuoso, she has been acclaimed for "her consummate musicality and brilliant technique" (The New York Times). She was named Musical America's 2013 Instrumentalist of the Year, the first traditional musician ever to receive this prestigious award.
Performing with Wu Man, this cutting-edge electro-acoustic quartet have worked with artists including Philip Glass, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Michael Stipe, Lou Reed, David Byrne, Ziggy Marley, Rufus Wainwright, and the Kronos Quartet.
Omar Faruk Tekbilek
Known for the spiritual passion of his music, this versatile instrumentalist will sing and play the
ney (Turkish flute) in a rare performance of mystical Sufi music of the Middle East with accompaniment on frame drum.
For the past 10 years, the Garrison Institute has worked to build a compassionate and resilient future
by integrating the wisdom that comes from deep reflection with scientific research to solve the pressing
social and environmental challenges of our time.
"Fifty years from now… I can’t believe the world will be livable without institutions like the Garrison
Institute... important places to seed ideas, to develop new ways to view and understand the world…and as
places that provide true leadership and inspiration."
– Philip Glass