His Holiness the Dalai Lama presented by the World Ethical Foundations Consortium May 6, 2009 Albany, NY
The Event - the Dalai Lama speaking in Albany, NY May 6, 2009, Denise Reis and Simply Human

Denise Reis

Denise Reis is a Brazilian singer, violinist and composer. Born in Belo Horizonte, in the State of Minas Gerais, she began studying the guitar at age 10. Four years later she attended Julia Pardini's Choral, where she was promptly invited to take part in a European tour in 1986. As her musical career progressed, she found widespread acceptance and support from the Brazilian people and media. This success was greatly due to Denise's remarkable ability to imitate the trumpet using only her lips and voice.

Her latest album, Alfandega, was launched last year featuring musical production by Denise Reis, Marcelo Nami and acclaimed percussionist Marcos Suzano. Nine of the eleven songs in Alfandega were composed by Denise in partnership with Renata Thurler and Ronaldo Serruya. Worthy of mention are the album's remake recordings of Miss Celie's Blues by Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie, and Gato Negro by Getulio Cortes, in which Denise renders with utmost precision and beauty her unique vocal trumpet.

Simply Human

The idea for Simply Human was first conceived by renowned polymath Keith Raniere. Keith, an Albany, NY-based scientist with an immense passion for music, discovered the college-level a cappella community while researching music on the Internet. He suspected this would be a wonderful way for music-minded people to come together and joyously express themselves. In February of 2007, Keith called six of his musical friends and arranged a meeting. The result of that meeting was the birth of Simply Human.

No one in the group had ever sung a cappella before, but each member had a passion for music and an enthusiasm to try something new. They set out to learn just what they could do with the human instrument - the voice - and quickly created an innovative blend of sounds, rhythm, and expression. While their primary goal has been to build their musical skills, the members of Simply Human also share a common principle of building humanity. One of their main goals is to represent an ideal of how individuals can relate to one another in a harmonious way, and the effect can be clearly seen in their joyous and expressive live shows. Each performance gives the group an opportunity to showcase both the broad range of their unique personalities and their synergy as a team.