Meklit Hadero’s Sound and Sky

Meklit Hadero is a vocalist, songwriter, cultural activist, 2009 TED Global Fellow, and a Resident Artist at the Red Poppy Art House – an interdisciplinary, grassroots arts and performance space in San Francisco’s Mission District. Live performance at TEDxSF.

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.

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…

James Nash: Russell County Gorge

Songs about war are timeless and a part of American culture. In this talk, James Nash reflects on how he came to write “Russell County Gorge” about US Marine Corps 1st Lt. Ryan McGlothlin, killed in Iraq in 2005. Over the course of two years traveling and performing the song,…

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…