Building on the momentum of last year’s “Music for a Sustainable Planet” concert, which featured the Kronos Quartet and ÆON Music Ensemble, the festival continues to push the boundaries through innovative programing at the 2nd Annual Global Arts’ “Music for a Sustainable Planet” concert at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall on September 21, 2016, at 7:30 pm.

The concert features DJ Spooky and ÆON performing works in response to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As world leaders gather at the UN General Assembly this month to discuss the ‘SDGs: a universal push to transform our world,’ the concert offers a musical interpretation of what is at stake and what is possible. Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of SDSN, will offer opening remarks.

Concert Highlights:

Artists from China, Austria, Japan, Israel, Korea, Germany, and the U.S. come together to inspire audiences and illuminate the SDGs:
Music: Three world-premieres (complete program found on Carnegie’s website).
Visualizations: Graphic projections by Ming-Che Tu, designer and creative technologist at Harvard Arts Museum.
Dance: Premiere of InAll, a dance-science piece by Gloria Benedikt, Austrian Choreographer and Associate for Science and Arts at IIASA, and music by Yuri Boguinia, NYC-based composer and PhD Candidate at Princeton University.
Fashion: Eight new sustainable, zero-waste garments designed by Jack Burns and the Parsons School of Design, to be modeled by musicians.
Hip-Hop legend DJ Spooky weaves together an evocative multimedia trip to the Arctic landscape.
Israeli pianist Revital Hachamoff performs the music of Ronen Shapiro.
Max Kassoy, boy soprano, sings hauntingly gripping text in a composition by Vladislav Boguinia, reminding us that “we do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”
All concert attendees receive one-month, free membership to Kadenze, an online education platform specifically created for creative arts courses: www.kadenze.com

Tickets can be purchased here.

About the Sustainable Development Solutions Network – www.unsdsn.org

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) operates under the auspices of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to mobilize leaders from academia, business, civil society, and other development organizations to promote problem solving and practical solutions for the pressing challenges of sustainable development. Following the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals at the UN last year, the SDSN is now committed to supporting the implementation of the SDGs at local, national, and global scales. The SDSN aims to accelerate joint learning and help to overcome the compartmentalization of technical and policy work by promoting integrated approaches to the interconnected economic, social, and environmental challenges confronting the world. The SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector, and civil society. The organization and governance of the SDSN aims to enable a large number of leaders from all regions and diverse backgrounds to participate in the development of the network, while at the same time ensuring effective structures for decision-making and accountability.

For media inquiries, contact Michael Shank at 646.574.8903 or michael.shank@unsdsn.org.