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Music

Updated 08/04/2017
mu·sic
ˈmyo͞ozik/
noun
  1. 1.
    vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion.
    "couples were dancing to the music"
    • the art or science of composing or performing music.
      noun: music
      "he devoted his life to music"
    • a sound perceived as pleasingly harmonious.
      "the background music of softly lapping water"
  2. 2.
    the written or printed signs representing vocal or instrumental sound.
    "Tony learned to read music"
    • the score or scores of a musical composition or compositions.
      "the music was open on a stand"



A Musical Escape into a World of Light and Color (11:31)                                    10/28/2016
A genre unto herself, Kaki King fuses the ancient tradition of working with one's
hands with digital technology, projection-mapping imagery onto her guitar in her
groundbreaking multimedia work "The Neck Is a Bridge to the Body."  Using her
guitar's neck like a keyboard, she plays an intricate melody as she takes the
audience on a musical journey of light and sound.  She calls it "guitar as paintbrush."



An All-Star Set (25:05)                                                                                                                                     12/20/2016
Legendary jazz musician Herbie Hancock delivers a stunning performance alongside
two old friends — past drummer for the Headhunters, 
Harvey Mason, and bassist 
Marcus Miller.  Listen to the end to hear them sweeten the classic "Watermelon Man."


Awoo (3:32)                                                                                                                                                              03/00/2017
Electro-pop duo Sofi Tukker dance it out with the TED audience in a performance
of their upbeat, rhythmic song "Awoo," featuring 
Betta Lemme.


The Mad Scientist of Music (16:50)                                                                                                       02/03/2017
Mark Applebaum writes music that breaks the rules in fantastic ways, composing a
concerto for a florist and crafting a musical instrument from junk and found objects.
This quirky talk might just inspire you to shake up the "rules" of your own creative work.


Silk Road Ensemble/Rhiannon Giddens: St. James Infirmary Blues (8:43)        10/28/2016
Singer Rhiannon Giddens joins international music collective Silk Road Ensemble to
perform "
St. James Infirmary Blues," spiking the American folk song that 
Louis Armstrong popularized in the 1920s with Romani influence and mischievous
energy.  
SilkRoadEnsemble.com


Sleepy Man Banjo Boys: Bluegrass Virtuosity from New Jersey? (8:47)                10/21/2016
All under the age of 16, brothers Jonny, Robbie and Tommy Mizzone are from New
Jersey, a US state that's better known for the rock of Bruce Springsteen than the
bluegrass of Earl Scruggs. Nonetheless, the siblings began performing bluegrass
covers, as well as their own compositions, at a young age.  Here, they play three
dazzling songs in three different keys, passing the lead back and forth from fiddle
to banjo to guitar.  
BlueGrassToday.com


"Space Oddity" (6:09)                                                                                                                                      11/15/2016
Singer Amanda Palmer pays tribute to the inimitable David Bowie with a cover of
"Space Oddity." She's joined onstage by 
Jherek Bischoff, TED Fellow Usman Riaz and,
no, your eyes are not deceiving you, none other than former Vice President Alfred E.
Newman.



The Redemption Song
John Legend is on a mission to transform America's criminal justice system. Through
his Free America campaign, he's encouraging rehabilitation and healing in our prisons,
jails and detention centers — and giving hope to those who want to create a better life
after serving their time. With a spoken-word prelude from James Cavitt, an inmate at
San Quentin State Prison, Legend treats us to his version of Bob Marley's "Redemption
Song." "Won't you help to sing these songs of freedom?"