Percussionist Mickey Hart and concert pianist Lorin Hollander will be honored at the third annual Music Has Power Awards Dec. 1 in New York. Presented by the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, the awards recognize significant accomplishments of those bringing “new understanding to the use of the power of music to awaken and heal.” Remo Belli, CEO of drum maker Remo Inc., will also receive an award.
Hart is a member of the Grateful Dead, the Dead (formerly the Other Ones), New Riders Of The Purple Sage and the Rhythm Devils, along with his world music and solo pursuits. A trustee of the U.S. Library of Congress, the renowned drummer has long been involved in rhythm-based therapy and has testified to its benefits to a Congressional subcommittee on aging.
“It’s really quite amazing what’s going on in the world of neurological function, and basically how the brain works when exposed to rhythm,” Hart told Billboard.com in April 2002. “It helps [people stricken with Alzheimer’s and dementia] reconnect. Their motor responses start coming back — their memory, speech — once they are involved in a coordinated rhythmic activity that has to do with low end, drumming. There seems to be 40 cycles missing universally in the motor-impaired. So when you put back that low end, they start reconnecting and coming out of the darkness. It’s amazing.”
In 2004, Hollander will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 11. Along with performing in concert halls, he regularly plays in hospitals, prisons and similar facilities. According to his Web site, he also “lectures on, and leads explorations of, human consciousness and creativity, transpersonal psychology, transformational education and mentoring, spiritual and personal growth and integral health.”
Moby, a member of the Institute’s board and a co-organizer of the intimate event at Lincoln Center’s Stanley Kaplan Penthouse, will lead a special film and musical presentation. Others scheduled to perform and/or present at the Gwyneth Paltrow-hosted ceremony are broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite, actor/choreographer Ann Reinking, composer Marvin Hamlisch, soprano Korliss Ueker accompanied by Dr. Len Horovitz, rock act the Bacon Brothers and an unnamed special guest.
Attendance is limited to 225 people, with tickets priced at $500. All proceeds from the event will support scientific and clinical music therapy research and patient care. For more information, contact Diane Domenech at firstname.lastname@example.org.