Al Jardine and Friends
Over fifty years since it was first heard publicly, the voice of Beach Boys co-founding member Al Jardine is a force of nature. Here he performs a rare acoustic concert with former Beach Boys drummer Blondie Chaplin (singing "Sail On Sailor"; Royston Langdon, lead singer of Spacehog; The Bongos' frontman Richard Barone in a tribute to the late Pete Seeger; Dusty Wright; Professor Louie and others. What Jardine stood for has come to define him and the best of his generation.
This legendary Californian was actually born in Lima, Ohio -- and like many of its inhabitants -- was transplanted as a child to the 'Golden State'; firstly to the Bay Area and then Southern California. Upon first laying eyes on the Pacific, Jardine and his brother Neal ran to the shore to taste the water having never before experienced the ocean. Al Jardine has long found truth, peace and his center in nature.
Apart from singing and playing on countless Beach Boys classics – including taking the lead on the band’s chart-topping “Help Me, Rhonda” and inspiring Brian Wilson to record the group’s timeless rendition of the folk classic, “Sloop John B.” -- Jardine has been the steady calm in the most tumultuous group in popular music. Jardine averted all the pitfalls of the 1960’s, by making a simple decision to study and actively practice Transcendental Meditation. His music, his family, his life in Big Sur – and the protection of the land and seas surrounding his home -- is what drives him. He is the first to admit that it’s Transcendental Meditation that grounds him.
In December 1967, at age 25, Al Jardine became a lifelong TM practitioner when John Lennon and George Harrison introduced him and his bandmates to the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who indoctrinated them in Paris. Jardine became a certified TM teacher in 1972 after studying directly under the Maharishi and he is still studying; earlier this year he spent time learning an advanced TM technique, which Jardine jokingly referred to as his “Continuing Ed.” He meditates every day – once in the morning and once in the evening.
In 2010 Jardine became the final original Beach Boy to release a solo album, with the critically acclaimed, A Postcard From California. The collection, which more than made up for lost time, features loving contributions from such friends as David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Steve Miller, Glen Campbell, America, and the Beach Boys, among others. The close of 2013 finds Al Jardine returning from a sold out tour with Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck and busy working on Wilson’s upcoming studio album along with his own new material.
Al Jardine will embark on a new phase of his solo career on February 7th, 2014 in Manhattan when he, along with Dusty Wright, Professor Louie, and select friends, perform an unplugged solo concert at The Rubin Museum of Art.
– Howie Edelson
Transcendental Music at the Rubin is a concert to benefit The Rubin Museum of Art and the David Lynch Foundation.
Includes a post-program gallery tour at 8:30 pm.