Summit Jaffe: Numatik

Fourteen year old Summit Jaffe creates an original piece live.  Enjoy the ride. Filmed at TEDxNextGenerationAsheville.

Eric Lewis: Nirvana remix

Eric Lewis channels the raw emotion of alternative rock into fiery, take-no-prisoners jazz piano arrangements. Before setting out to capture the voice of alt rock in the keys, he toured with the likes of music legends Wynton Marsalis and Elvin Jones. Not without a struggle (and a measure of healthy…

Noor Zehra: Saagar Veena

Pakistan’s only player of the Saagar Veena, Noor Zehra, rouses the audience to a standing ovation with her breath-taking performance. Saagar means ocean and Veena means sound, allowing the instrument to be an “ocean of sound”. Noor Zehra is the daughter of Raza Kazim, the founder of the esteemed Sanjan…

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,…

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…

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…