The David Lynch Foundation has announced an upcoming virtual concert titled “Meditate America”. The free event will bring together a variety of musicians including Kesha, Elvis Costello, and Sting (who previously collaborated with the filmmaker on his ill-fated Dune adaptation).
In line with the foundation’s mission to teach Transcendental Meditation to adults and children across the world, the concert will benefit efforts to train and educate those most in need. This includes healthcare workers and families in at-risk communities during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as veterans facing mental health issues such as depression and PTSD.
Katy Perry will also make an appearance at the online event, with the singer set to be interviewed by Hugh Jackman about motherhood and meditation. Other performers will include the singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.
Back in May this year, David Lynch talked about painting, filmmaking, and meditation from quarantine. The filmmaker has practiced Transcendental Meditation throughout his life and career, and links it to his well-trodden concept of “catching” ideas like fish.
On his YouTube channel, meanwhile, he’s been killing time – which would be spent making a film or “continuing story” if not for COVID – by running a mysterious daily lottery, doing a bit of DIY, and sharing old short films.
Read more about the December 3 “Meditate America” event in the Instagram post below, and register for free here.