There are so many parties in New York City, you could go out every night of the week and never attend even a minuscule number of them. One filled with star-power was held at Bruno Jamais restaurant last week on August 6th. It was the launch party for the Lokah Music’s latest CD, “The Ivy Ceiling” hosted by Kathy Rothman’s KMR Communications, Inc. That’s the talented and glamorous Kathyherself, looking stunning in my favorite color: green. You probably recognize the couple to her left as being stars on “The Real Housewives of New York.” The owner of Bruno Jamais restaurant is to Kathy’s right.
Those lucky enough to get in got to see special guests such as Sting and his gorgeous and fashionable wife, Trudie Styler. Sting looks really different with that distinguished beard and hat–maybe he’s channelling the 60’s as in the TV show, “Mad Men?”
Russell Simmons, and the cast members from Bravo TV’s “The Real Housewives of New York ( Countess Lu Ann De Lesseps, Jill and Bobby Zarin, Ramona and Mario Singer, Alex Mc Cord and Simon Van Kempen, and the newest addition to the show, Kelly Killoren Bensimon) were also part of the star-studded gathering (sorry I don’t have a photo of Russell, but here are more of “The Houswives” for fans of this show).
But the Music CD is the reason these stars got together. Lokah is the collective creation of two artists– Sri Michael and Uma Nanda Saraswati. Lokah’s debut release, The Ivy Ceiling merges the ancient Indian art of Kirtan with modern musical styles of the 21st century, fusing east and west. The music is soothing, somewhat hypnotic…a way to stop for a moment and consider something other than what’s on your Blackberry!!! As the press literature explains it: “Sanskrit Mantras and highly textured beats coalesce in a cross-cultural expanse of sound. ” For those who are familiar with Seattle’s underground band, Sky Cries Mary, Roderick and Anisa Romero are featured on backing vocals. Legendary producer Russell Simmons is featured on a spoken intro on track 1 *interesting to hear him talk about the CD –very well done. Sting performs the hauntingly beautiful “Ma Durga” on track 3.
Cruiserweight boxing Champion BJ Flores was also in attendance. Per Sting’s request, guests were served vegetarian only canapés and the champagne flowed endlessly (trust me, Bruno Jamais has the absolute BEST h’ors d’oeuvres . Upon Sting’s arrival, the media went wild, and three security guards shielded him from the throng of paparazzi. This evening was a precursor to a special night for Sting. The following evening was his last public performance ever with the Police. Proceeds from a raffle benefited PETA, one of Sting’s favorite charities.