The Concert for Nepal started as an awareness event after a devastating earthquake that struck Nepal in 2015 as a benefit concert hosted in support for Govinda e.V. & Shangrila initiated by Knox Chandler and Christina Voigt.
Since 1998, Govinda supports more than 8.000 people in Nepal, together with 80 nepalese employees in 8 different projects. The Association has 630 members and 4200 sponsors in Germany. Govinda built an orphanage and 12 schools in Nepal, giving an opportunity to learn to more than 6.000 children. Especially disadvantaged children and their families are supported with vocational training, education, grants and a special re-integration program for orphans from the Shangrila Orphanage.
Based in Berlin, Ajvar plays a spicy mixture of itchy Balkan instrumental pieces, that may lead to involuntary dancing, perspiring and smiling.
New-school folk band Night were formed in Kathmandu in 2006. Originally they were an avant-garde metal band until founding member Jason Kunwar took a series of journeys across Nepal for his job, during which his mind was opened to the richness of Nepali music and the songs of remote villages. Back in Kathmandu, the band began procuring and learning to play an array of regional instruments such as the tungna fretless lute, sarangi fiddle, mahali reed trumpet and the original shepherd’s instrument, the paluwa, a fresh young leaf used as a reed held between the fingers, as well as an arsenal of percussion instruments and tuned drums.
Knox Chandler’s career has spanned for over three decades, including performing, recording, arranging and producing, with such acts as REM, Depeche Mode, Grace Jones, Marianne Faithful, Natalie Merchant, The Creatures, and The Golden Palominos etc.. His long stints as a member of The Psychedelic Furs, Siouxsie and the Banshees and Cyndi Lauper‘s band; has given Knox the experience of a worldwide touring musician.
Knox attended Bard College in the late 70’s. He is a brilliant musician and likes to experiment. After graduating from college with honors in composition and performance, his professional career took off. Recent shows with X-Patsy’s (Robert Longo, Barbara Sukowa), J.G.Thirwell, Butterfly Percussion Parade (Budgie, Mabi, Sugizo, Leonard Eto) and his solo guitar performances demonstrate his current importance in contemporary music. He has recently scored a documentary-installation at the Deutsches Historisches Museum.
This year we are hosting Melodies and Stories from supported by Embassy of Nepal featuring Night, a Nepali Band.
Melodies and Stories from Nepal at Zukunft am Ostkreuz
Wednesday, 8th November 2017 | Doors 18:00 CET | Starts 19:00 CET
Zukunft am Ostkreuz | Laskerstr 5 | 10245 Berlin