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Yoko Ono Performs to Benefit Quake Victims

(New York) Yoko Ono, her son Sean Lennon and Sonic Youth were just a few of the musicians who joined together to hold a benefit concert to support recovery efforts in Japan on Sunday night (March 27).

The sold out show was held at Columbia University's Miller Theater. The concert was the brainchild of musician John Zorn and all the funds will go directly to Japan Society's Earthquake Relief Fund. The concert raised over $34,000 U.S. dollars in ticket sales.

"When John Zorn was in touch with me on Monday night after the earthquake and said that he was thinking of putting together this concert my immediate reaction was yes, what can we do to help. So he actually came to the office the very next day and he had a lineup of the artist who had agreed to participate and so we set about making the concert happen, said Miller Theater director Melissa Smey.

Within 48 hours Smey and Zorn had arranged the concert and tickets completely sold out within six hours.

"All of the people in New York are with them and our hearts go out to them and for us to do this small tribute this small concert for them, that our hearts are with them," said Smey when asked what she wanted the people of Japan to know.

Also on the bill were Japanese-American indie duo Cibo Matto, and the influential band Sonic Youth. Vocalist Mike Patton, Mephista, Marc Ribot and Uri Caine also donated their time by performing.

Zorn has organized a total of five concerts in the New York area with 100 percent of the proceeds going to relief efforts. The Japan Society's fund was selected as the recipient organization in consultation with the artists.


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