A concert at the Luminato Festival in Toronto on June 16, 2013 featuring the queen of New York Performance Art, Laurie Anderson, together with musicians Greg Saunier, Eyvind Kang and Doug Wieselman. Internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei joined in via Skype from Beijing for a duel rant about China and the United States.
The concert was also a tribute to the whistleblowers Julian Assange, Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden. “Your silence will be considered your consents,” Laurie told the audience.
The concert starts at 2:45 and there were a few minor technical problems in the beginning.
More about the event at: Luminato Festival 2013
Laurie Anderson is the widow of the late Lou Reed who died just recently. Below is her obituary for him:
To our neighbors:
What a beautiful fall! Everything shimmering and golden and all that incredible soft light. Water surrounding us.
Lou and I have spent a lot of time here in the past few years, and even though we’re city people this is our spiritual home.
Last week I promised Lou to get him out of the hospital and come home to Springs. And we made it!
Lou was a tai chi master and spent his last days here being happy and dazzled by the beauty and power and softness of nature. He died on Sunday morning looking at the trees and doing the famous 21 form of tai chi with just his musician hands moving through the air.
Lou was a prince and a fighter and I know his songs of the pain and beauty in the world will fill many people with the incredible joy he felt for life. Long live the beauty that comes down and through and onto all of us.
— Laurie Anderson
his loving wife and eternal friend
Also see this Rolling Stone exclusive: Laurie Anderson’s Farewell to Lou Reed