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TED Tuesday: Ideas worth spreading for the week of 4/13

April 13th, 2010

A new feature I’m going to hopefully get going on the site is linking a couple of lectures from TED that I find worthwhile watching.  Last week, I featured a few pieces on Science, Free-thinking and Religion.  This week is significantly more light-hearted.

We lead it off with a brilliant nine-minute romp by poet John G. Rives, of Def Poetry Jam fame.  His TED2007 lecture, named 4 a.m., is a genius, witty and play-along journey through references to and the interconnectedness of that early morning hour.  March 2007, Monterey, CA.

More entertaining talks, after the jump.

While Rives flowed in his rhythmic words, pianist Eric Lewis rocked TED2009 with a remarkable rendition of Evanescence’s “Going Under” on the piano.  The opening is really just amazing, as on display with some very necessary camera work.  February 2009, Long Beach, CA.

This was really probably most remarkable in the way it melds what you think and expect from both jazz as a tool and the piano as an instrument.  Really pretty thrilling.

Finding another work that inspired on the piano at TED was surprisingly not difficult.  In a more traditional recital followed by a lecture, Jennifer Lin wowed TED2004 with an improvised performance… also known as “Yeah, that’s why Mom told me I’d regret giving up the piano lessons.”  February 2004, Monterey, CA.

Her discussion, especially about composition, is really something that transcends music and pulls forward toward the process of creation in whatever field one is in.  Really great stuff.  Oh… yeah… and she’s freaking 14 years old!

And because you can’t leave off with one musical prodigy without following with another, we close with 11 year old Sirena Huang, who performed at TED 2006 with piano accompaniment for her violin recital.  February 2006, Monterey, CA.

There is something dramatic about the violin which meshes well with the truly classic aura of the piano’s keys.  A fitting way to end of TED Tuesday dedicated to performance art.

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