Ruby Jane Smith: fiddler extraordinaire

Ruby Jane Smith is 15-year-old musical phenomenon, described by Willie Nelson as “A great picker, fiddler, songwriter, and singer with an amazing career in front of her.”  The youngest person ever to fiddle at the Grand Ole Opry, Ruby Jane has also played with Lyle Lovett, Asleep and the Wheel,…

John Forte

John Forté is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and producer from Brooklyn. This July, marking the nine-year anniversary of his date of arrest on charges of drug trafficking, Forté released StyleFREE the EP, his first collection of new music in eight years. On StyleFREE, Forté delivers an eclectic group of songs,…

Tresspassers William: bell under water

Some bands -musical connections really- endure through years of changes in the musical landscape around them. Matt Brown and Anna-Lynne Williams have had such a connection for well over a decade, from Southern California to Seattle, Washington. Tresspassers William brings us so called “shoegaze” music, where the dreamlike singing, but…

Open Reel Ensemble

Open Reel Ensemble scratches four reel-to-reel analog tape recorders (as seen in the 1970’s).  Never actually touching the tape decks, the quartet uses an iPhone to manipulate USB controllers and solenoids to create vibrato effects, creating a genre-defying, vintage-modern roller coaster of beats. Filmed at TEDxTokyoYZ.

Hany Adel & Amir Eid: Sout el Horreya

Sout El Horreya translates to “Sound of Freedom,” and was created for support and motivation for Egyptian protesters who held their ground at Tahrir Square. Hany Adel founded Wust El-Balad, one of the most successful soft rock bands in Egypt.   Amir Eid is the lead singer of Cairokee.  The friends…

Inch Chua: inch by inch at TEDxSingapore

Inch Chua is the front-woman for the popular alternative rock act Allura. About a year ago she stepped out on her own to share a different beat. Inch’s solo project is a clear departure from the boisterous rock sound of Allura. Her material is a schizophrenic potpourri of introspective acoustic…

Paul Dateh and Ken Belcher

Paul is an independent musician who has made a name for himself by being multi-talented artist. Youtube has been an outlet for Paul’s work these last few years as he is able to display his wide range of jazz, pop and hip hop renditions along with a musical comedy series…

The River Guerguerian Project

A local supergroup composed of North Carolina musicians (including percussionist River Guerguerian, a tour partner of Turkish flautist Omar Faruk Tekbilek, and vocalist Kat Williams), The River Guerguerian Project debuted at TEDxAsheville 2010. The group performed an extended, exotic, percussion-based meditative jam, “”Ancient Technologies,”” with deep notes that literally shook…

James Gruntz: After All at TEDxZurich

James Gruntz makes post-pop music — pop with a little bit of distance and reflection.  Heavy vocals complemented by a single electric guitar create a raw, minimalistic style that brings the vocals to the forefront. Add this performance to your library via the TEDx Music Project on Soundcloud. Live performance at…

Michael Jefry Stevens + Dave Ballou: jazz improv

For over 35 years, Michael Jefry Stevens has been associated with some of the most important figures in modern jazz. Frank Rubolino of Cadence Jazz Magazine writes, Stevens is a sensitive pianist who ekes out droplets of sparkling gems or volumes of rushing waves having a lyrical foundation and a…