May 8, 2013

The Kitchen Spring Benefit Gala Honoring Brian Eno at Capitale

Jimi Celeste

"Almost 30 years ago to the day, I left New York," said Brian Eno at The Kitchen Spring Gala Benefit, where he happened to be the guest of honor. "For the first time, I realize how important New York has been to me," he shared. "This time around, I remember exactly why I stayed, and I'm quite tempted to do the same... So, perhaps I will."

"Stay!" someone yelled, over cheers.

The gala, held at Capitale and sponsored by Interview, mixed the music and art communities—all were united in support for Eno, who everyone agreed has been a tremendous positive influence in their work spheres, and often their lives.

David Byrne, the former lead singer of The Talking Heads, met Eno through John Cale after a Talking Heads' London performance. How does he feel about how far they've come? "It's pretty bizarre... I would have never guessed in a million years we'd be here."

Eno himself did not perform, but the resonance of his music was in the air. The musician Owen Pallett remembered listening to Eno's music in music school. "Brian had a lasting impact on my life," he said, before giving a recital that, between singing and playing the violin and keyboard, amounted basically to a one-man symphony.

The a cappella group The Persuasions serenaded guest over dessert. "The control he has over his voice is incredible" marveled Phillips business director Joe Carlucci, mid-bite. He was not alone in his accolades. "There's nothing more beautiful than The Persuasions," said performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson, also an old friend of Eno's.

And her thoughts on honoring him?  "Brian is a shining light in our world, and I'm so privileged to be a part of it." Aren't we all. —Rachel Small

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