by Jim Catapano
It’s Jazz for a Cause: Buddhist Global Relief organization is holding its annual Concert to Feed the Hungry on Sunday April 29 at 5pm. The event will take place at St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery on East 10th street.
“This year is a special one as it is also the 10th anniversary of Buddhist Global Relief,” says Daniel Blake, musician, concert producer and board member. “To commemorate this milestone we are engaged in a fundraising campaign that will culminate with the concert.”
This year’s diverse group of artists will include Chilean songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Camila Meza, NYC-based singer and composer Kavita Shah, and the St. Mark’s Choir. There will be a performance of the sacred mask dances of Bhutan, and the evening will also spotlight a rare set of Candombe drumming from Uruguay.
Daniel notes that BGR is a “grassroots all-volunteer effort.” Its continuing mission is to help reduce hunger in poverty-stricken communities worldwide, by providing food directly and promoting sustainable agriculture. BGR also champions the empowerment of women in those areas, through education opportunities with the goal of securing livelihood. To that end, the organization is currently involved in 29 ongoing projects. These include the nutrition of children in Haiti, Food Scholarships to keep girls in school in Cambodia, and prosperity through resilient agriculture in India.
To reserve concert seats, become a fundraiser and/or make a donation, visit FlipCause.com.