Transcendental Meditation

DLF 10: The Music of David Lynch

On April 1st, 2015 an all-star lineup performed music from David Lynch’s films in Los Angeles, celebrating the 10th Anniversary of The David Lynch Foundation. 

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FOR THE BENEFIT OF MANY: Before the music the sold-out crowd of approximately 1,600 heard about Transcendental Meditation. The show’s goal was to raise enough money to fund TM sessions for 1,000 students on a waiting list within the Los Angeles Unified School System.

The tribute marked the first time ever that music from David Lynch’s iconic films, Twin Peaks, and his albums has been performed and interpreted live in concert by his original collaborators.

A very “Lynchian” concert

Here’s what reviews published in major music magazines had to say about the event.

david lynch music concert dlf ten anniversary rolling stone“The night’s first standing ovation went to Rebekah Del Rio, who became a cult figure after her stunning rendition of “Llorando” in Mulholland Drive. Effortlessly turning the venue into her own Club Silencio, Del Rio sang the song a cappella with the same aching purity as she brought to Lynch’s 2001 film.” — Rolling Stone

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A MOMENT OF MAGIC: Demanding “silencio” as she appeared onstage, Rebekah del Rio sang her Spanish-language version of Roy Orbison’s “Crying” a cappella, flawlessly. Photo: Rolling Stone.

david lynch music concert dlf ten anniversary billboard“Each performance had a spark of personality, a rarity in these tribute shows. As is to be expected, much of the music was moody and slow, picking up greatly with Moby’s set of “Go,” on which he played congas, and “The Perfect Lie,” which he led on rhythm guitar.” — Phil Gallo, Billboard

david lynch music concert dlf 10 yahoo“At the end of the epic evening, Lynch appeared, grandly intoning: “May everyone be happy. May everyone be free of disease. May auspiciousness be seen everywhere. May suffering belong to no one. Peace.” Really, every rock ‘n’ roll show should conclude with a David Lynch recitation. The world, ordinary or otherwise, would be a better place.” — Lyndsey Parker, Yahoo! Music

Stars on the stage, and behind the scenes

The concert featured the following artists:

Angelo Badalamenti – “Laura Palmer’s Theme” (from Twin Peaks)
Donovan – “Love Me Tender” (from Wild at Heart)
Chrysta Bell – “Swing With Me” (from the Lynch-produced album This Train)
Tennis and Twin Peaks – “In Dreams” (Blue Velvet)
Rebekah Del Rio- “Llorando” (Mulholland Drive)
Sky Ferreira – “Blue Velvet” (Blue Velvet)
Jim James with Jim Bruening – “Sycamore Trees” (Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me)


Jim James performing “Sycamore Trees” from the movie Fire Walk With Me.
Photo: Billboard.

Karen O – “Pinky’s Dream” (Crazy Clown Time)
Angelo Badalamenti -”Dance of the Dream Man” (Twin Peaks)
Angelo Badalamenti and Kinny Landrum – “Dark Spanish Symphony” (Wild at Heart)
Lykke Li – “Wicked Game” (Wild at Heart)
Moby – “Go”
“The Perfect Life”
Kid Moxie – “Mysteries of Love”
Zola Jesus – “In Heaven” (Eraserhead)
Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd – Soundscape from Eraserhead/score from The Elephant Man
Duran Duran – “The Chauffeur”, “Ordinary World”, “Hungry Like the Wolf”

The show was directed by Rob Mathes, an Emmy-winning and Grammy-nominated arranger/composer and music producer/director who has worked with Sting, Bruce Springsteen, and Elton John, as well as classical artists like Yo Yo Ma and Luciano Pavarotti. Mathes was also responsible for directing President Obama’s Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial.

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The Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles was developed in what was once the West Coast headquartersof United Artists. It still features U.A.’s original, 1,600-seat theater used for theater and music performances.

Anniversary of the David Lynch Foundation

In its ten years, the David Lynch Foundation has provided scholarships to teach Transcendental Meditation to more than 500,000 at-risk youth in underserved schools, veterans with post-traumatic stress (PTS), women who are survivors of domestic violence, and homeless and incarcerated individuals.

david lynch foundation changing lives from withinSince its formation in late 2013, DLF Live has organised incredible, one-night-only experiences with some of the biggest, most lauded creatives of our time, to help raise money for the DLF programs. From shows featuring the likes of Ringo Starr, Dixie Chicks, Jack White, Jakob Dylan, Sky Ferreira, The Head and the Heart, Rick Rubin, Damien Rice, Ben Folds, Peter Frampton, and so many more, DLF LIVE’s events are bringing the best in talent together with the highest in consciousness to create something very life-changing indeed.

Transcendental Meditation was first brought to the public eye in 1968 when the Beatles, Donovan, the Beach Boys and others famously traveled to India to study with TM founder Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Since then, the benefits of the technique for reducing stress and promoting creativity and health have been verified by more than 340 scientific studies and offered to adults and youth across the globe.

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The director himself made a brief onstage appearance at “The Music of David Lynch”. Photo: Billboard.