Steve Collins, Lyle Mays, Kongar-Ol Ondar – Tuva or Bust!

A vignette from “Tuva or Bust!” by Ralph Leighton. Live performance at TEDxCalTech.

Zoe Keating: Avant Cello

Armed with just her cello and a small box of electronics, Zoe Keating is a one-woman orchestra. She records layer upon layer of celio, her feet dancing over an array of pedals to transform her solo performances into multipart works. Live performance at TEDxSF.

Björn Türoque: air guitar can save the world

Air guitar can change the world. Dan Crane (aka Björn Türoque) is a journalist, author, musician, and competitive air-guitarist. He is the author of ‘To Air is Human: One Man’s Quest to Become the World’s Greatest Air Guitarist.’ Performance at TEDxSF.

Eoin Harrington: Confess

Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland and surrounded by music since the age of 4, Eoin Harrington has traveled the globe and now resides in San Francisco where his music is causing quite a stir. This award winning songwriter has grabbed the attention of numerous heavyweights in the bay area…

Electric Drum Ensemble

In 2009, the USC Thornton School of Music partnered with Roland, one of the world’s top manufacturers of electronic musical instruments, to establish the Roland Drumlab. This monumental partnership makes USC the first to require drumset proficiency as part of a Popular Music Performance program. Peter Erskine who was key…

Matt Venuti plays the hang

Matt Venuti shares his time performing as a soloist with the Hang (a musical instrument developed in 2000 in Berne, Switzerland by PANArt Hangbau AG) and with his band, The Venusians. He has learned that the softest touch can yield the most profound effect. He most often performs his “Hang…

Peter Lee Johnson: electric violin looping

In a twist to the sound of popular music, Peter Lee Johnson uses an electric violin and looping pedal to electrify audiences world-wide with personally written compositions and hits from Billboard. Peter Lee Johnson is a Popular Music Performance student in the USC Thronton School of Music. A musical prodigy…

Bob Weir

Bob Weir has been on center stage for over 45 years, with as loyal a following as one could imagine. He speaks through poetry and song. A founding member of the Grateful Dead, these days Bob plays with several bands, including Furthur and Ratdog. Bob is also a philanthropist and…