LAUNCH EVENT 2019

Aspen, CO

May 17th - 19th

To celebrate the launch of Earth’s Call, we are hosting a three-day festival in Aspen, Colorado, which will introduce Earth’s Call to the world.

The three-part event will convene artists and academics, musicians and messengers of conscience, experts and youth leaders. The common thread shared by all attendees is a commitment to heal our planet.

SATURDAY, MAY 18

The Concert

The concert (7:00-9:30 pm MT), will be live streamed here and features world-renowned artists — including Colbie Caillat, Michael Fitzpatrick, Anthony Hamilton, Mickey Hart, Patti LaBelle, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Natalia Lafourcade, Alan Parsons Band and the Earth Symphony Orchestra led by Conductor CheChe Alara. And introducing the incredible Compton Kidz Club—and inspirational talks from messengers of conscience, performing and speaking to inspire others to join the cause.

The performances will be synchronized with immersive visual effects produced by Batwin + Robin, the video artists behind wildly popular Broadway productions, interactive museum experiences, and awe-inspiring events.

The National Center for Supercomputing Application’s Advanced Visualization Laboratory (AVL) is committed to communicating science and inspiring audiences to learn about scientific concepts through capturing the thrill of scientific discovery and the wonder of complex systems. Working in close collaboration with domain scientists, AVL creates high-resolution, cinematic, data-driven scientific visualizations.

Performers

Cheche Alara

Cheche Alara is a composer and conductor with over 20 years in music and winner of multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy awards. He has worked with scores of music luminaries, including Barbra Streisand, Ricky Martin, Christina Aguilera, Mike Patton, Lady Gaga, Natalia Lafourcade, and Colbie Caillat. He is the composer for ``The Titan Games`` (hosted by Dwayne Johnson, NBC), ``Death By Magic`` (Netflix), ``To Tell the Truth`` (ABC), and The ALMA Awards (NBC), among others.

Colbie Caillat

Colbie Caillat is a Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum-selling singer-songwriter. Her latest album, ``The Malibu Sessions`` — the first for her newly minted label, PlummyLou Records — was made exactly the way she wanted. Eschewing traditional recording studios, it was recorded over a two-month period in a rented house in Southern California’s beautiful Broad Beach. The result is a sun-kissed collection of breezy, buoyant, yet often vulnerable, songs, with timeless harmonies, catchy melodies, and a harmonious vibe that recalls classic ’70s rock.

Compton Kidz Club

Described as ``Mickey Mouse Club meets High School Musical,`` Compton Kidz Club is a collective of 15 astonishingly talented young women — ages 12-17 — from Compton, California. All of the girls in this group are triple threats who can sing, dance, and act, and they will have their own reality show on YouTube this year. Founder Fred Martin grew up in Compton as one of ten siblings who could not afford a saxophone rental. He vowed then to help encourage and hone the skills of any child in Compton who wants to pursue the performing arts.

Anthony Hamilton

Proclaimed a “national treasure” by the Los Angeles Times, Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, and actor Anthony Hamilton has achieved global sales of over 50 million albums. The North Carolina Music Hall of Fame inductee notably performed for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle. His raw, awe-inspiring performances garnered the attention of NPR, where he starred in their ``Noteworthy`` documentary series. And he rocked this year's NBA All-Star Game with a riveting rendition of the National Anthem.

Mickey Hart

Mickey Hart is best known as a drummer in the Grateful Dead, which for three decades channeled the voices and visions of rock’s psychedelic counterculture and blended them with folk, blues, country, jazz, and other American music streams. On the strength of that work, Hart was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and named to Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Drummers of All Time. In addition to his Dead-related work, Hart has a longstanding musical mission: to break the rhythm code of the universe and probe its deepest vibrations. That effort earned him two Grammys in the World Music category.

Patti LaBelle

Soulful songbird Patti LaBelle — who belts out classic rhythm and blues, pop standards, jazz, and spiritual sonnets — has created a unique platform of versatility. She has also written six books and stars in her own highly rated cooking show, Patti LaBelle's Place. World renowned for her dynamic career as an entertainer, her work as a humanitarian is just as legendary. She remains an advocate for adoption, diabetes, cancer, HIV/AIDS and many other causes and non-profit initiatives. In 1994, she was diagnosed with diabetes and shortly thereafter became a spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

For over 50 years, South Africa’s five-time Grammy Award winners Ladysmith Black Mambazo have thrilled audiences with their uplifting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves, and charming onstage banter. Since the world discovered their powerful a cappella vocals from Paul Simon’s “Graceland” album, the band is now led by the four sons of group founder Joseph Shabalala, giving an infusion of youthful energy to the group anointed by Nelson Mandela as “South Africa’s cultural ambassadors to the world.”

Natalia Lafourcade

One of Mexico’s biggest music stars, singer-songwriter Natalia Lafourcade creates an infectious mix of pop, rock, folk, and bossa nova that has earned her multiple chart-topping albums and Grammy Award nominations — and a 2016 Grammys tie with Pitbull for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album. The daughter of French-Chilean musician Gastón Lafourcade, the Coatepec native began making music as a child. At the age of 19, she released her acclaimed self-titled debut, which went to #1 on the Mexican charts.

Alan Parsons Band

Michael Fitzpatrick

Michael Fitzpatrick is the recipient of The Prince Charles Award for Musical Excellence conferred by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, he is also recipient of the prestigious Aspen Fellowship from the Aspen Music Festival, and was a member and Music Advisor of the Aspen Institute’s Global Initiative on the Arts, Culture and Society. Hailed by The New York Times as possessing “A sense of humour, virtuosity, and an ear for musical dialogue” and by NPR/National Public Radio as “An interpreter of the Muse,`` he has performed the Musical Keynotes on the world stage with His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama for the past two decades, prompting His Holiness to state: “The emotion induced by Michael Fitzpatrick’s music is so powerful it seems almost verbalized. His sound is Clear Light.” Mr. Fitzpatrick is the Music Director of the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards, and is the Founder of Millenia Music, which brings healing music to the underserved. He concertizes as soloist around the world, spotlighted by performances at the Hollywood Bowl, the United Nations, the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., the United States Capitol West Lawn, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra in Israel, for His Majesty King Abdullah II at The Royal Palace in Jordan – and most recently at The Vatican for the Holy Father, Pope Francis.

Rami Yadid

Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, Rami Yadid is a master multi-instrumentalist performer on Electric-Guitar, Acoustic-Guitar, Electric-Bass, Piano, Keyboards, Percussion, Digital Percusion, and Vocals, as well as a composer, arranger, producer and recording-engineer. Yadid is the Co-Founder of VEHICLE with Michael Fitzpatrick and has designed its sonic signature and transporting capacities from an engineering standpoint. Yadid performed as soloist with soprano Gail Hadani and the Bronisław Huberman Philharmonic of Częstochowa in honor of Bronislaw Huberman – the Founder of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra – and in support of The Museum Of The History Of Polish Jews. Yadid has been a collaborator with Pick Withers and Allan Clark of Dire Straights, and with Yaron Gershovsky of Manhattan Transfer, with whom he co-produced the original music CD for Steven Spielberg’s Righteous Man Foundation. Yadid is Chief of Music Technology at the prestigious Ramaz School in New York City.

SUNDAY, MAY 19

Harmonizing the Future

A full-day of specially curated, environmentally focused events for guests (9:00 am-5:00 pm MT), “Harmonizing the Future” will feature topical breakout sessions, panel discussions, nature activities, performances, and more. Attendees will have unique opportunities to engage with some of the world’s foremost environmental experts and help co-create a flourishing future.
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SATURDAY, MAY 18

Composing
the Future

An exclusive, invite-only convening of specialized experts in a variety of SDG-related topics, “Composing the Future” is Earth’s Call’s very own innovation lab. The eight roundtables — with a dozen academics, scientists, private-sector leaders, artists, and a youth representative, and each devoted to a different SDG — will attempt to develop their own solutions.

The private nature of the event is intended to spur disruptive thinking and approaches to the world’s most insoluble problems.

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