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From the New York Times: “Strum, Pluck, Rescue, Rebuild – Concert for Japan”

This article is copyright protected, so just a glimpse.

“The hair was a little grayer, and the chins were a little weaker, but early Saturday afternoon at Japan Society it was like the 1980s again. The performers — Philip Glass, Hal Willner, John Zorn, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed — were the same ones you might have found together back then, joined now for the first part of a 13-hour Concert for Japan, one of several earthquake relief benefits organized by the tireless Mr. Zorn.

From left, Laurie Anderson, John Zorn and Lou Reed together at Japan Society.

Mr. Glass played a bustling, ragtime-flavored piano score to one of Harry Smith’s abstract films and accompanied Mr. Willner’s reading of several Allen Ginsberg poems. Mr. Glass is not the most polished interpreter of his own work, but he was at his powerfully emotional best in the subtle undercurrent he gave Ginsberg’s “To Aunt Rose.” Ms. Anderson, Mr. Reed and Mr. Zorn’s set focused on Mr. Zorn’s eloquent and expressive alto saxophone playing, which shifted from mournfulness to lurid rage.

Philip Glass performing during the marathon concert.

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