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Everest Awakening - Gathering for Nepal and Beyond

  • City Winery 155 Varick St New York, NY, 10013 United States (map)

Patti Smith 
Loudon Wainwright III
Kaki King 
Jesse Paris Smith
Martha Mooke 
Shyam Nepali
Nicole Atkins*

Tara Lobsang*
Karanjit Singh 
Pema Kunsang 

Plus VERY special guests
and more TBD 

*There will be live painting by Tara Lobsang and Nicole Atkins!

Everest Awakening was founded in light of the recent earthquake to bring together musicians, artists, writers, poets, activists, politicians, and scientists in an effort to raise awareness and funds for Nepal and neighboring territories of the Himalayan region. Using our skills and various platforms, we are doing what we can to spread awareness and hope, using our voices and resources to keep people informed and educated, and to help others to direct their efforts and donations to where they are needed most.

The funds generated by all efforts of Everest Awakening will be collected and delivered to a select few organizations, monasteries, and individuals in Nepal, Tibet, India, and Bangladesh who are using the highest amount of donation money to help the people directly. These groups have been suggested by Robert Thurman, Tibet House US, and include our dear friends who are there in Nepal now experiencing the devastation first hand.

Everest Awakening was founded by Jesse Paris Smith. Jesse recently spent time in Nepal, and in light of the recent Earthquake, was inspired to create a community whose goal is to directly give relief to those affected in the region. The name 'Everest Awakening' was chosen by Tenzin Choegyal, Tibetan musician, and a friend and collaborator of Jesse. The name represents a symbol of the issues faced today in the Himalaya. We think of Everest as so firm, untouchable, and almighty, and yet it was fragile, not spared in the face of this disaster. Mother Earth no longer accepts our presence with silence, so we need to rise up to awaken our hearts.



JESSE PARIS SMITH is a composer, pianist, and multi instrumentalist. She performs globally in multiple configurations, and her compositions have been commissioned for films, commercials, art installations, audio books, and live film scores. She is a graduate of the Sound and Music Institute, trained in integrative practices of music and sound therapy. She is on the Associate Board at Tibet House US, curating a weekly event called Mindful Music and Sound Series and is a regular participant of the Tibet House US Annual Benefit concert at Carnegie Hall. She also co-curates and hosts Talkingstick, a monthly true storytelling and music event at the Rubin Museum of Art. In September 2014, with cellist, Rebecca Foon, she launched Pathway to Paris, a year long event series and online portal, focused on innovative solutions for climate change.

City Winery is all about giving back. In past years, City Winery has raised $200,000+ to aid in disaster relief for crises including 2013 Hurricane Sandy, 2011 Tsunami in Japan and 2010 Earthquake in Haiti with the power of awareness through live music.

Earlier Event: May 13
To Nepal with Love
Later Event: June 5
House world at Roulette