2010 Juliet Hollister Awards Ceremony
Invocation for World Peace
Michael Fitzpatrick is the recipient of the Prince Charles Award for Outstanding Musicianship bestowed by H.R.H. the Prince of Wales. He has worked musicallywith His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama for the past 14 years on the COMPASSION RISING project, which was inspired by the friendship between the late Thomas Merton and The Dalai Lama. His signature composition the Invocation for World Peace was played at the historic meeting between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and United Nations Messenger of Peace Muhammad Ali.
Fitzpatrick has performed for His Majesty King Abdullah II at the Royal Palace in Jordan, at the United Nations Millennium Peace Summit of Religious & Spiritual Leaders, at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Barcelona and in Melbourne, Australia. He has performed as concert soloist around the world.
“The emotion of Michael Fitzpatrick’s music is so powerful it seems almost verbalized. His music brings peace to the world.”
~ His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama
Climbing PoeTree is the combined force of two boundary-breaking soul-sisters who have sharpened their art as a tool for popular education, community organizing and personal transformation. With roots in Haiti and Columbia, Alixa and Naima reside in Brooklyn and track footprints across the country and globe on a mission to overcome destruction with creativity. In five self-organized grassroots tours, Climbing PoeTree has rocked 500 miles and counting from Los Angeles to Johannesburg, led workshops in institutions from Cornell University to Riker’s Island, and painted murals on walls from the Bronx to Santiago de Cuba. Using cultural work as a medium, Alixa and Naima’s acclaimed performance is composed of dual-voice poems that explore diverse themes, including: healing from state and personal violence, environmental justice, civil rights, spirituality, global politics, and woman’s empowerment. www.climbingpoetree.com/live
Michael Leon Thomas’ Motion Theater Lab
Motion Theater Lab is a chamber dance company focused on creating works of deep passion and beauty and comprised of seven critically acclaimed performers under the direction of choreographer and dancer Michael Leon Thomas. Mr. Thomas performed principal roles with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Donald Byrd/ The Group, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Jennifer Dunning of the NY Times wrote, “Michael Thomas scorched the stage with his quiet intensity during his years with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.”
Recently, Motion Theater Lab celebrated the world premier of its new work, Aquarius Rising, at the Jackie Robinson Park in Harlem for the City Parks Summer Stage Series.
British pianist Simon Mulligan is, according to the Times of London ‘the most abundantly gifted of pianists.’ Pulitzer prizewinning composer Paul Moravec calls him ‘a pianist with complete mastery of the instrument'; while Herbie Hancock says ‘You have a phenomenal touch, man!’
In addition to his extensive discography and vast repertoire, Mulligan’s solo work gains praise from critics and audiences alike, and his collaborations include highly acclaimed performances and recordings with Joshua Bell, Lynn Harrell, Leonard Slatkin, and the late Yehudi Menuhin. He has performed all over the world, most notably at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Wigmore Hall and Royal Albert Hall in London, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. His work can also be heard on the soundtrack for the Steven Spielberg film Band of Brothers and he continues to lead his own Jazz Quartet, which he started when he was thirteen years old.
His eclectic work has led to profiles in Downbeat, JazzTimes, BBC Music, Classic fM, and Gramophone magazines, among others. www.SimonMulligan.com