Yoko Ono, Thurston Moore Show To Aid Kosovo

Sean Lennon among performers to play New York club Sunday to benefit refugees.

NEW YORK -- Experimental rock performers Thurston Moore of Sonic

Youth and Yoko Ono are set to cross paths Sunday at the first in what is

expected to be a series of monthly benefit concerts to aid Kosovo refugees

and their families.

The benefit for victims of the conflict in Kosovo will be held at the

popular nightclub the Knitting Factory, according to Guy Compton, the

club's promotions director.

"We are planning on doing this for as long as it takes," Compton said

about the proposed benefit series. The next one is being planned for

late June.

Ono and Moore, playing as a duo, are expected to be one of the highlights

of Sunday's performance. Compton said Ono also will be teaming up at the

show with singer/songwriter Sean Lennon, her son with late Beatle John

Lennon. The mother and son also performed together at another high-profile

charity event, the 1996 Tibetan Freedom Concert, which was held in San

Francisco to raise awareness about the Chinese occupation of Tibet.

Compton said proceeds from the Knitting Factory concert will be used to

support the Kosova Relief Fund, a volunteer organization that works

to assist refugees in Macedonia and Albania and to help people find

family members victimized by the crisis.

"They're getting [all the proceeds]. Our staff is working that night for

free," Compton said. Tickets cost $20; the club holds up to 450 people.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization continues its bombing of Yugoslavia

that began in late March. The country's Serbian leadership, meanwhile, has reportedly stepped up its aggression toward

ethnic Albanians living in the province of Kosovo.

Jeton Ademaj, who is coordinating the concert on behalf of the Kosova

Relief Fund, said the organization has raised approximately $100,000

since the bombing campaign began. It spells Kosova with an "a," he said,

because "90 percent of the people who live there have spelled it that

way for the last 1,200 years."

Ono, who performed with the Japanese pop group Cibo Matto on New Year's

Eve at the legendary CBGB's nightclub in New York, is an avant-garde

artist whose music has influenced a cross section of songwriters and

performers. Last year she helped oversee the production of the recently

released box set The John Lennon Anthology. Her son is Cibo Matto's

touring bassist, and his live-in girlfriend, Yuka Honda, is the band's


As for Moore, the leader of the New York art-rock band Sonic Youth remixed

Ono's song "Rising" in 1996. Moore and his bandmates in Sonic Youth received

critical accolades a decade ago for their work on the album Daydream

Nation, which included the powerful, melodic rock tune

"Teenage Riot" (RealAudio excerpt).

The rest of the lineup for the upcoming benefit includes such local

performers as drummer Joey Baron, guitarist Glen Branca and rock duo

Damon and Naomi.