Happy 200th birthday to Henry David Thoreau.
On June 27th, Pathway to Paris held a fundraising event at City Winery NYC, which also served as my 30th birthday celebration. Knowing that July 12th would be the 200th birthday of Henry David Thoreau, we performed this piece, my favorite of Henry's poems. I changed a few of the words for the performance, and hope that he would understand and welcome an adjustment for the 21st century. His writings have been a companion for me since my teenage years, and he is a great symbol of the environmental justice movement, of our need to keep pushing forward, reinventing our ways to take care of each other and our planet. It isn't difficult to imagine him pushing for a transition off of fossil fuels, into a renewable energy revolution, and a carbon neutral world. Thank you so much for everything, Henry. Happy Birthday to you.
My Love Must Be as Free
by Henry David Thoreau
My love must be as free
As is the eagle's wing,
Hovering o'er land and sea
I must not dim my eye
In thy saloon,
I must not leave my sky
And nightly moon.
Be not the fowler's net
Which stays my flight,
And craftily is set
T' allure the sight.
But be the favoring gale
That bears me on,
And still doth fill my sail
When thou art gone.
I cannot leave my sky
For thy caprice,
True love would soar as high
As heaven is.
The eagle would not brook
Her mate thus won,
Who trained his eye to look
Beneath the sun.
Music: Aesop Room Spray Launch
On July 4th Aesop launched their new collection of beautiful room sprays that I am so proud and happy to have scored music inspired by. You can watch the videos, listen to the music, and download it for free on the website. I've been using the room sprays for over a year since we started the project, and if you are needing something like that, I highly recommend them :)
Thank you to everyone who collaborated on this project and helped to make such beautiful music. Thank you so much to Eric Hoegemeyer, to Rubin Kodheli on cello, Avram Fefer on bass clarinet, Leah Coloff on cello, Phil Weinrobe and Figure 8, Chris Koltay, Tenzin Choegyal for recording the crickets in his yard in Brisbane, to Wendy Young, Nate Martinez, and Joshua Leeds for your feedback, to St. John the Evangelist Lutheran Church in Brooklyn for allowing us to record there, thank you to Aesop for a wonderful challenge and opportunity. I hope you all enjoy listening. I really love working with Aesop and am so happy to share a 30th anniversary with them.
Thank you for joining us at City Winery!
On June 27th, 2017 we had my 30th birthday which was also a fundraiser for Pathway to Paris, and the release of our new album, Pathway to Paris : Live at City Winery, recorded live at our Pathway to Paris event on September 19th in partnership with UNDP. We released the album with a special edition of USB drives which contained the album, videos, and our Citizen Action Toolkit. The album is available to download on our Bandcamp page, and features 30 tracks of music, poetry, and talks.
Thank you for joining us at form festival!
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Pathway to Paris programming at FORM Festival at Arcosanti. We had an incredibly inspiring group of panelists and performers that we look forward to continuing to collaborate with.
50 Voices: People's Climate March Solidarity - April 29, 2017
50 voices created this grassroots 'thank you' card for those who participated in the People's Climate March, and who fight every day to protect the Earth.
On April 29th, Pathway to Paris pulled together a compilation of a diversity of 50 voices in an effort to show support and solidarity to all of those who marched at the People's Climate Mobilization in Washington, D.C.
Click here for coverage on the march, including incredible photographs and videos which capture the energy of the day
50 contributors from around the world including Jesse Paris Smith and Rebecca Foon (Pathway to Paris), Bill Mckibben and May Boeve (350), Michael Stipe, Anne Waldman, Flea, Scott Patterson, Patti Smith, Tibetan activist Jigme Ugen, Rima Fujita, Alana Amram, Lenny Kaye, Good Leaf (Nfn Kenarahdiyoh) - International Representative to the Economic Social Council of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Brendan Patrick, King Tuff, and Uncle B. A celebratory, grassroots 'thank you' card to the activists fighting daily in this global movement, and a call to action to continue the momentum.
Happy Earth and Poetry month !! Click here to read my April newsletter!
PATHWAY TO PARIS : LIVE @ CITY WINERY
Released on March 8, 2017 to celebrate International Women’s Day
In honor of International Women’s Day, Pathway to Paris has released a live recording of ‘Imagine,’ performed at the last Pathway to Paris event which took place on September 19, 2016, on the first day of Climate Week NYC.
The event, presented in collaboration with UNDP, was entitled 'Maintaining the Momentum: A Call to Action on Climate Change', and highlighted the importance of turning the Paris Agreement into action.
Featuring Jesse Paris Smith (piano & vocals), Rebecca Foon (cello & vocals), Suzzy Roche (vocals), Martha Wainwright (vocals), Lucy Wainwright Roche (vocals), Nicole Atkins (vocals), Tony Shanahan (bass), Bill Dobrow (drums). Mastered by Phil Weinrobe.
Floral Peace Wreath by Flowers in December Design Studio,
Cover Design: Karen Kozy
Original music and words: John Lennon
International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. www.internationalwomensday.com
Pathway to Paris and UNDP Present: Maintaining the Momentum: A Call to Action on Climate Change, September 19
MUSIC AND WORDS FROM:
REBECCA FOON-JESSE PARIS SMITH-BILL MCKIBBEN(350.org)-MARTHA WAINWRIGHT-TECHUNG AND RINZING WANGYAL-DAVID JOHANSEN WITH MERCURY REV-TENDOR-LUCY WAINWRIGHT ROCHE AND SUZZY ROCHE-NICOLE ATKINS-XYLOURIS WHITE-UNDP-AND MORE TBA.
The event will call on world leaders to quickly turn climate commitments into action.
Monday, September 19
Doors at 6pm, Show at 8pm
Killer Road by Soundwalk Collective and Jesse Paris Smith, with Patti Smith releases on vinyl, digital and CD from Sacred Bones and Bella Union on September 2, 2016. Preorder is available now. More information, description, photos, videos here.
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TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY JULY 27, Pathway to Paris: Live @Le Trianon will be available for digital download from www.pathwaytoparis.com/album
This album features 11 songs and 6 speeches chosen from 2 evenings at Le Trianon in Paris, December 4 and 5, 2015. The evenings were the final culmination of a year of concerts and events in the lead up to the UN Climate Change Conference(cop21) which took place in Paris November 30-December 12.
Thank you so much to everyone for all of your support.
Japan Tour: May 25-June 13
Since Tenzin and I arrived in Japan, each day has been so different. Some days we are traveling, others we are taking in as many sights as we can, either tourist places and landmarks, temples and places of worship, or adventures suggested by our friends who live here. But many days have been filled with music, playing concerts in again, such a vast array of places. We have played in jazz clubs, tiny cafes, a Buddhist temple, an outdoor stage under the trees at the top of a hill in Wakayama, a Tibetan restaurant in Tokyo called Tashi Delek, theaters, and symphony halls. So really every day has been so different, no two days have been alike! For the first 10 days, Tenzin and I were traveling with our friends, playing music with our host, a beautiful Indian classical bansari(flute) player named Taro Terahara, and other musicians who live in Japan. Then we met up with my mom, and played concerts with her and Philip Glass, and have been traveling now with my mom and Lenny Kaye, continuing to play concerts with Tenzin and I as the opening act, performing as a duo with piano, dranyen(3 stringed Tibetan instrument), glingbu(Tibetan flute), singing, and poetry. It has been a wonderful and full experience.
This visit to Japan has been so rich and full, so diverse. We have been so fortunate to have seen and experienced the many cities and the culture of the people who live in them, and also the beautiful nature and wilderness. We have been on the busiest streets in Tokyo in midday and midnight, breathed the high mountain air, found hidden streams and rivers of the freshest water to put our feet in, visited the vast ocean, took our shoes off to walk in the samurai houses in Sakura, and walked the old towns still preserved in their earliest states. We have stayed in the most beautiful hotels overlooking the cityscape, and slept on tatami mats in the homes of our friends. We have gotten to experience so much, and it has all been so beautiful and amazing, but my very favorite place we visited was Koyasan, specifically the Great Tombstones on the Path to Okunoin. This was perhaps the most peaceful and yet spiritually charged place I have ever been to. This ancient cemetery on this path winding through the ancient forest, was such an incredible perfect melding of the nature of the earth and the culture of mankind. Seeing the modern people of today walking along so calmly through these moss covered grave sites of people gone thousands of years before was such a beautiful melding of old and new, ancient and modern society. It was just perfect. So magical like a dream. Second to this place though, I would have to say the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo. The energy there was one of a kind, another place that felt like a dream world. The pride of the fishermen and workers there is so inspiring. I am so grateful that I was able to see both of these incredible places.
This Saturday, my brother, Tony, my mom, and I return to Chicago for two additional evenings at the Old Town School of Folk Music. We will be performing there May 14 and 15. Tickets and schedule are available here
On May 20, for the second year in a row, we perform in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge for an annual fundraiser for Honzo Haven, a project by our dear friend Dr. Ken of Honzokaku Remedies Center. Please join us! Tickets and schedule are available here
Thank you to everyone for two magical and powerful evenings at Le Trianon. There are no words to express as everything continues to sink in. All I know is that we must continue. This work cannot end here in Paris, let's continue this movement and ride this inspiring energy in the fight for climate justice.
Here are two films that include moments from each day. Thank you to everyone who helped to make this all possible. Endless gratitude.
THE PATHWAY TO PARIS FINAL CONCERTS GO ON AT LE TRIANON IN PARIS ON DECEMBER 4th & 5th 2015
In light of the recent tragedies in Paris and Beirut, we would like to continue with the Pathway to Paris concerts and bring our voices together in solidarity, offering our love and commitment to a sustainable world.
Pathway to Paris is a call for peace, compassion, respect, equality, justice, democracy, love, human rights and a fight for the survival of our planet. It is about bringing together our voices to highlight our love for this world.
Here is our official press release: http://350.org/press-release/pathway-to-paris-concert-with-thom-yorke-patti-smith-flea-more-will-go-on-in-paris-for-cop21/?utm_content=buffer638c8&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR DECEMBER 5th: http://www.fnacspectacles.com/place-spectacle/manifestation/Pop-rock-Folk-PATHWAY-TO-PARIS-THWAY.htm?intcat=www.fnacspectacles.com&intter=edito_pathway_normal#/disponibilite/ddae89a3c0a8281072d7076199202f22/normale
It was a great honor to be a part of the 2015 Social Good Summit, speaking about music and it's role in social activism. Here is the video of our panel, which was live streamed all over the world, and broadcasted on MSNBC in multiple languages. Please keep up with Martin Fernando Jakobsen and his incredible work with Turning Tables. Here's to a better world in 2030, and even sooner in 2016, 2015..
Thank you so much to everyone who has supported Pathway to Paris, the fundraising and climate change awareness initiative founded by Rebecca Foon and me in collaboration with 350.org. We just completed our third event, a concert in Montreal, marking the one year anniversary of our very first PTP concert, and of the People's Climate March, which took place last September all over the world. Pathway to Paris is a labor of love, which means that Becky and I are dependent on fiscal help we receive from sponsors, funding, and donations. We want to raise as much money as we can for 350.org, and that will be made more possible if all of our expenses are fully funded. Please consider donating to our crowd rise page, or becoming a partner or sponsor of Pathway to Paris. :) Click here to go to our CrowdRise page to donate! Or follow this link: https://www.crowdrise.com/pathwaytoparis
Thank you to everyone who came to City Winery: Gathering for Nepal and Beyond. We raised $21,000 for earthquake relief efforts. Please click the photo below to read more about the event, see photos, and read about other relief effort updates in the Himalaya.
On May 5th, we launched Everest Awakening, an initiative to bring together musicians, poets, artists, writers, activists to raise awareness and funds for earthquake relief in Nepal and neighboring regions of the Himalaya. Please join us by going to www.everestawakening.com and please visit everestawakening.bandcamp.com to donate to Nepal relief in exchange for tracks donated by over 75 musicians, poets, politicians, etc. More to come, stay tuned. Sending love every day to Nepal, Tibet, India, Bangladesh.
On April 8th, we had our second Pathway to Paris event, which was hosted by David Garland at The Greene Space, recorded and broadcasted for his show, Spinning On Air. The show was also live streamed and you can watch it below. It was a wonderful line up of an array of musicians, poets, writers, and activists including Rima Fujita, Tsechu Dolma, Rachel Marco - Havens, and Executive Director of 350.org, May Boeve. Thank you to everyone who spoke and performed, and thank you to David Garland for hosting and making it possible.