On Friday, December 5, the tenth “Playing For The Planet” benefit concert will showcase master musicians from three different musical traditions in a rare evening of pan-cultural improvisation, with all proceeds going to benefit the environmental advocacy group 350MA.org. The performers include Nima Janmohammadi, a contemporary master of Persian classical music; Triarky, a brilliant jazz […]
The Climate Message Video Festival is now underway! 133 performing artists from all over the world have submitted short videos of themselves — playing or singing, and speaking out (in a variety of languages) about the severity of the Climate Crisis… …and the urgency of action. In the first few months of 2014, musicians and […]
…Friday’s Recycled Instrument and Saturday’s Endangered Music will be back next week.
The Senior Senator from Massachusetts is part of a group of Senators who are planning an all-night marathon discussion of climate change, starting tomorrow. She asks us: Monday night, several other senators and I are pulling an all-nighter on the floor of the Senate to talk about the importance of pollution and climate change. We […]
There’s only so much vertebrate biomass to go around. If one vertebrate population increases, some others are going to decrease; it’s not rocket science. How much terrestrial vertebrate biomass is made of humans? And how much of it is made by the animals we domesticate for your food? The answer is surprising — and like […]
I play bass and sing with my dear friends Benjy and Heather Wertheimer of the kirtan ensemble Shantala. We travel around the U.S. and parts of Canada leading groups of people in a spiritual practice called kirtan, a lesser-known form of yoga which opens the heart through the singing of ancient mantras. As such, we […]
Here are some talking points you can reference when you’re making a public comment on the Keystone XL pipeline. • The powerful corporate interests who stand to profit from Keystone are happy to promise impossibilities to all Americans. They promise the pipeline won’t leak, and if it does leak, they promise to clean it up. […]
Music. Music. Music. Once I was working with a group of high-school students in a classroom that was undergoing minor renovations. I had asked them to define “music,” and the discussion that followed was vigorous and opinionated. A hard-hatted construction worker had entered the room and was busying himself with some repairs; he was standing […]
Organized Abrahamism and the fossil-fueled corporatocracy are locked in a folie a deux that will end in a self-fulfilling climategeddon. Thank you, James Inhofe.
Last fall, this happened: Me (in conversation with World-Famous Instrumentalist): I’m very concerned about global warming. W.F.I.: What is global warming? The biggest problem we face in coping with climate change is that when we actually realize the magnitude of the crisis, it’s so scary that we almost have to ignore it if we are […]