Theme: Inspired Citizenship
Denver, CO, United States
April 7th, 2011
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TEDxMileHigh 2011: Inspired Citizenship (www.tedxmilehigh.com) showcased Colorado's maverick thinkers and doers, big risk takers, big-time athletes, entrepreneurs and innovators, activists for the environment, humanitarians, and many more extraordinary people who each give the "talk of their life." The day included presentations and performances from 19 Colorado leaders who stimulated, educated, and enriched as they took a concise 3-18 minutes to describe how they have accomplished something big and share the lessons they learned in the process. Themes include transformation, inspired citizenship, and community. Sessions I (3:00-4:30pm) and II (5:00-6:30pm) will be following by a reception with heavy hors d'oeuvres for all attendees, while Session III (7:30-9:00pm) will be followed by a cocktail reception.
Dr. Bernard Amadei is the Founding President of Engineers Without Borders – USA, and is currently a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He received his PhD in 1982 from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Amadei is the Faculty Director of the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities at CU Boulder and holds the Mortenson Endowed Chair in Global Engineering. He is also the co-founder of the Engineers Without Borders-International network. Among other distinctions, Dr. Amadei is the 2007 co-recipient of the Heinz Award for the Environment; the recipient of the 2008 ENR Award of Excellence; an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering; and an Ashoka-Knight Fellow. He holds two Doctorates of Humane Letters Honoris Causa.
Alex Bogusky founded the Fearless Revolution in 2010. The son of two designers, Alex’s career in communications began over twenty years ago when he joined Crispin and Porter Advertising in 1989 as an art director. He became the creative director five years later, a partner in 1997, and co-chairman in 2008. Under Alex’s direction, Crispin Porter + Bogusky grew to more than 1,000 employees, with offices in Miami, Boulder, Los Angeles, London and Sweden, and with annual billings over $1Billion. During Alex’s leadership, CP+B became the world’s most awarded advertising agency. CP+B is the only agency to have won the Cannes Advertising Grand Prix in all five categories: Promo, Media, Cyber, Titanium, and Film. In 2002, Alex was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Hall of Achievement, and in 2008, he was inducted into the Art Director’s Club Hall of Fame. In 2010, Alex received the rare honor of being named “Creative Director of the Decade” by Adweek magazine. Always drawn towards social responsibility, while at at CP+B, Alex created groundbreaking cause initiatives such as the “Truth Campaign,” the most successful youth-focused anti-tobacco education initiative in US history, and helped Al Gore debunk the notion of “Clean Coal,” with TV spots directed by the Coen Brothers of “Fargo” fame. In 2010 Alex left what he called, “the best job on the planet,” to create The FearLess Revolution. He and his band of insurgents, in what they refer to as “the new consumer revolution,” are creating, consulting, and reporting on the emergence of a sudden and powerful counterbalance to corporate power: an educated and empowered consumer.
Libby Birky is cofounder of So All May Eat, Inc. (SAME Café), a non-profit organization that provides good food for the greater good. This sustainable, organic lunch spot offers locally grown organic food to all who walk through the door regardless of their ability to pay. Patrons are encouraged to leave a donation that is fair to them or work in exchange for their food. For her work in food justice, Mrs. Birky and her husband have been highlighted on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams in his Making a Difference segment. Even Readers Digest and Cooking Light have acknowledged the work that is happening at Denver’s first pay-what-you-can restaurant. Ron Shaich the Co-Founder of Panera Bread Company was so inspired by SAME Café he convinced his corporate chain restaurants to give the pay-what-you-can mission a try. Since opening SAME Café in October of 2006, over 50,000 meals have been served at this location and there are now 13 cafes nationwide following in the footsteps of serving good food with a side of dignity.
Ashara Ekundayo is a visionary educator, a curator, an award-winning community activist, and an entrepreneur working for over 22 years with local, national, and international organizations in the remembrance and reintroduction of ancestral lessons for contemporary audiences in honor of the planet and the people. Deemed a “Cultural Jedi” by her peers, she is also the owner of BluBlak Media Consulting and founding producer of celebrated cultural venues such as the Denver Pan African Film Festival and the “Cafe Nuba” spoken-word & music showcase. Ashara has worked with, and hosted creative luminaries such as Dr. Maya Angelou, Danny Glover, Gil Scott Heron, Oscar Brown, Jr. and Cicely Tyson, and has cultivated the palate of the next generation of arts activists by providing consistent accessibility to her community-at-large. While serving as a Fellow with Oakland-based sustainability organization, Green For All, she was selected by the Ashoka Foundation and the City of Denver in the U.S. launch of the “Change Your City” Campaign as a social innovator “stimulating the green economy” being manifested through her programmatic work in the launching of The GrowHaus, an interactive indoor farm in Denver’s Elyria-Swansea neighborhood committed to cultivating eco-equity, food justice, and green jobs through a culturally competent lens. Currently, Ashara works with the San Francisco-based non-profit, YouthSpeaks, in the strategic partnership development for their annual “Life Is Living” Festival, and also serves as Program Director for the BoldFood Professional Fellowship in Food Security through the U.S. Dept. of State with the social-profit, Critical Mass Leadership Education in the management of an exchange delegation of urban farmers from Colorado and their East African counterparts from Uganda and Kenya. She is mother to Ietef and Christian, and grandmother to Selasia.
Jim Hayes is the former Publisher of Fortune and the former CEO of Junior Achievement. He recently retired his position as Chairman of the Board of Ashowrth, Inc. and has served on the Ashworth Board since 2003. From 2002-2006, Mr. Hayes was the Founding Chairman and CEO of The Colorado Festival of World Theatre, an important addition to the professional nonprofit theatre in America and to the network of world-class international theatre festivals. In 2001, Mr. Hayes retired as President and CEO of Junior Achievement Inc., a nationwide non-for-profit organization providing economic education to over four million students in the U.S. and an additional one million people in over one hundred nations around the world. Hayes served on the Junior Achievement national Board from 1987-1995, including time as Chairman. Prior to his years as President of Junior Achievement, Hayes enjoyed a lengthy, distinguished career in magazine publishing. He joined Time Inc. in 1959 and over the course of the course of the next 23 years, he held various executive posts for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. He was named Publisher of DISCOVER in 1984 and Publisher of FORTUNE magazine in 1986 and held that latter position until retiring in 1994 to enter the independent sector. While Publisher, Hayes founded The FORTUNE 500 Forum, an annual gathering of FORTUNE 500 CEO’s to discuss the major issues facing business and the nation. His career with Time Inc. extended over 35 years. A longtime advocate for our nation’s children and improvement of the US public education system, Hayes established the FORTUNE Education Summit. Held annually from 1988-1993, the Summit brought together government, business, and academic leaders to discuss the role of the business community in education reform. In further pursuit of these interests, in 1994 Hayes founded The New American Revolution, a business led initiative to address the needs of the nation’s children.
John Hickenlooper was a geologist-turned brewpub pioneer who had never run for political office (not even student council) before running for mayor of Denver. Despite opposition from seasoned political veterans, he captured the attention of voters with his outsiders’ perspective and business prowess, and he won by a landslide 2-to-1 margin. Before ever taking office, he tossed aside regional conflicts – announcing to suburban mayors that the days of “Denver first” were over. John pushed aside partisanship and reached out to Colorado’s Republican Governor to bridge a new, city-state partnership. As mayor, John consistently honed a creative, innovative and efficient edge to government. He overhauled the city’s financial system, created the city’s first chief financial officer and streamlined many City services. In 2005, after serving only two years as mayor, TIME Magazine placed him among the top five “big-city” mayors in the country. That same year, John introduced GreenPrint Denver, a plan to improve Denver’s urban environment by increasing efficiency and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, promoting “green” urban design, and implementing an aggressive waste reduction campaign. The effort has reduced energy use at Denver International Airport by 11 percent per passenger, increased recycling throughout the city by 69 percent, and reduced water use at City Hall by a million gallons per year. John was elected governor of Colorado last November, and took office in January. His boundless energy, enthusiasm and creativity are generating tremendous optimism and confidence in Colorado’s future.
Bobby LeFebre is an award-winning spoken word artist, actor, and social worker. He is a two time Grand Slam Champion, a National Poetry Slam Finalist, an Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist, and has been a member of three National Poetry Slam Teams. LeFebre is managed by Layman Lyric Productions for performance poetry booking. As an actor, LeFebre is a company member with Denver’s only Latino Theater, El Centro Su Teatro, and is represented by Radical Artists Agency, who manages Colorado’s top actors for work in film, television, commercials, industrials, voice-overs, theater, and commercial print. Combining his passion for education and performance, LeFebre is founder of Cafe Cultura, Denver’s largest monthly open mic and artistic expression event serving the Mile High inner-city community. The event was voted “best open mic” in 2007, and has showcased both local and national talent. As a performer, LeFebre has taught and performed poetry across the United States. He has shared stages with the top performance poets in the world, Grammy-nominated musicians Les Nubian, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now, Dead Prez, UNIVERSES, Saul Williams, Bahamadia, The Chicano Messengers of Spoken Word, D.J. Kool Herc, Talib Kweli, Gil Scott-Heron, Sandra Maria Esteves, and The Last Poets. LeFebre was recently featured in the first-year report from the National Museum of the American Latino Commission to President Obama and Congress. LeFebre lives in Denver with his wife, Claudia Hernandez-Ponce.
After teaching himself to ride a bicycle at the age of 4, Dr. Lim found himself spending his time searching for ways to turn his love of cycling into a legitimate career. That search, led him to earn his doctorate in 2004 in the Department of Integrative Physiology at CU Boulder. Having worked almost exclusively with professional cycling teams since, Dr. Lim is currently the Director of Sport Science for the Radio Shack professional cycling team. He has the unique distinction of being the only American scientist to have worked at the Tour de France, guiding countless riders, including Floyd Landis and Lance Armstrong – two controversial and inspiring winners of this prestigious race. Through these experiences, Dr. Lim has lived first hand the complexity of sport – an arena where ambition, emotion, and culture can both fuel and oppose the practice of science, innovation, and fair play. These dichotomies have led Dr. Lim to now spend his time searching for ways to turn his love for the bicycle into a legitimate tool for social change.
L. Hunter Lovins is President and founder of the Natural Capitalism Solutions (NCS) (www.natcapsolutions.org). NCS educates senior decision-makers in business, government and civil society to restore and enhance the natural and human capital while increasing prosperity and quality of life. In partnership with leading thinkers and Implementers, NCS creates innovative, practical tools and strategies to enable companies, communities, and countries to become more sustainable. Trained as a sociologist and lawyer (JD), Hunter co-founded the California Conservation Project (Tree People), and Rocky Mountain Institute, which she led for 20 years. Lovins has consulted for scores of industries and governments worldwide. She has consulted with large and small companies including the International Finance Corporation, Royal Dutch Shell, Interface, Clif Bar, and Wal-Mart. Governmental clients include the Pentagon, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy and other agencies, numerous cities, and the governments of Jamaica, Australia, and the U.S. She has also served an advisor to the Energy Minister of the Government of Afghanistan. Recipient of such honors as the Right Livelihood Award, Lindbergh Award and Leadership in Business, she was named Time Magazine 2000 Hero of the Planet and in 2009 Newsweek dubbed her a “Green Business Icon.” She has co-authored nine books and hundreds of papers, including the 1999 book, Natural Capitalism, 2006 e-book Climate Protection Manual for Cities, and the 2009 Transforming Industry in Asia. She has served on the boards of governments, non- and for profit companies. Hunter’s areas of expertise include Natural Capitalism, sustainable development, globalization, energy and resource policy, economic development, climate change, land management, and fire rescue and emergency medicine. She developed the Economic Renewal Project and helped write many of its manuals on sustainable community economic development. She is currently a founding Professor of Business at Presidio Graduate School, one of the first accredited programs offering an MBA in Sustainable Management.
A former food industry analyst, Fulbright grant recipient, author and mother of four, Robyn O’Brien brings exceptional insight and detailed analysis to her research into the impact that the global food system is having on our health. Robyn graduated as the top woman in her class from business school before working as an equity analyst on a global portfolio team. She is regarded as an expert on children’s health policy, hailed as “food’s Erin Brockovich” by The New York Times and has been named by SHAPE Magazine as a “Women To Shape the World”, by Forbes Woman as one of “20 Inspiring Women to Follow on Twitter,” and by The Discovery Channel as one of its 15 Top Visionaries. Robyn’s work has also been recognized by individuals such as Dr. Oz, Robert Kennedy Jr., Ted Turner and Prince Charles. She is the founder of the visionary organization www.allergykidsfoundation.org which is focused on restoring the integrity of the food supply and the health of children and co-founder of Food for Thought, a ground-breaking initiative in collaboration with the United Nations World Food Program. More information is available at www.robynobrien.com.
Jeff Olson is a two-time Olympian, three-time national downhill champion and Pan-American gold medalist. He spent ten years on the US Ski Team. He met his wife, Toni, at the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France. Upon retiring from professional athletics, he earned his degree in finance and had successful careers in both the financial and technology industries. In the late 1990s, his father was diagnosed with cancer. It was a turning point in Jeff’s post athletic, professional career. In 2000, he co-founded Well Nourished Worldwide (www.wellnourishedworldwide.com), whose mission is to transform the standard in medicine, health and human performance. Jeff is co-founder of the Metro Denver Health and Wellness Commission (pre cursor to LiveWell Colorado) and the Zyozy Foundation. He serves on the board of directors of CAN DO multiple sclerosis, Turn the Tide Foundation and is Vice President of the Colorado Olympian and Paralympian Association. Jeff has contributed to Denver’s desire to host a Winter Olympic by serving on Denver Sports’ international bid and legacy committees. Jeff’s passion surrounding the Olympic Games centers on its ability to deliver a worthy legacy. Any meaningful legacy will precipitate from staying true to a higher purpose and executing well. Over the years, he has been an enduring advocate for distinguishing Denver’s “Olympic Why”. Until Denver knows why it is in the game, it will be a hollow effort. The big question is, “Why Denver, Why bother…”? Answering that question well becomes a winning idea worth spreading.
Paul Polak–founder of Colorado-based non-profit International Development enterprises (IDE)—is dedicated to developing practical solutions that attack poverty at its roots. For the past 25 years, Paul has worked with thousands of farmers in countries around the world—including Bangladesh, India, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Nepal, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe–to help design and produce low–cost, income–generating products that have already moved 17 million people out of poverty. Before establishing IDE, Paul practiced psychiatry for 23 years in Colorado. To better understand the environments influencing his patients, Paul would visit their homes and workplaces. After a trip he made to Bangladesh, he was inspired to use the skills he had honed while working with homeless veterans and mentally ill patients in Denver to serve the 800 million people living on a dollar a day around the world. Employing the same tactics he pioneered as a psychiatrist, Paul spent time “walking with farmers through their one-acre farms and enjoying a cup of tea with their families, sitting on a stool in front of their thatched-roof mud–and–wattle homes.” Paul’s ability to respond with innovative solutions–such as the $25 treadle pump and small farm drip–irrigation systems starting at $3—helped IDE increase poor farmers’ net income by $288 million annually. IDE received a $14 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation in 2006. In 2004, Paul received Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” award in the social responsibility category. And Paul was named one of the Scientific American “top 50″ for his leadership in agriculture policy in 2003. Paul is also the author of, “Out of Poverty.”
Sally Ranney, a renowned environmental specialist and green business strategist, has years of experience in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors with water, energy and land use policy; sustainable development, wildlife management and biodiversity. She has worked with several U.S. Presidents, including Carter and Clinton, and was appointed by President Reagan to serve on the President’s Commission on American Outdoors. Ms. Ranney was a fellow at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the School of Organization and Management (SOM) and appointed to Project 88, Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She founded Corridors of Life, the first and largest GIS project an NGO had ever undertaken in the U.S. Sally was Co-Chair in the Clinton transition team to develop a $650 million conservation youth corps, major components of which were included in AmeriCorps. Representative awards include the Horace Albright Award and the Meritorious Conservation Award. Sally is currently Co-Director of AREDAY (American Renewable Energy Day) Summit www.areday.net; CEO of Stillwater Preservation, a wetlands mitigation banking company; Co-Founder and Anchor for the new TV show, “A Matter of Degree”; amatterofdegreemedia.com; Managing Partner of American Renewable Energy Equity Partners, LLC, and President of Rising Wolf International, Inc., a specialized consulting group. She serves on the Earth Day Network’s Women and Green Economy Committee (WAGE), the advisory boards of the Sonoran Mexico Jaguar Project and Lighthawk, the Steering Committee for the iMatter Campaign of Kids vs. Global Warming, an international network of youth marching for climate justice, www.imattermarch.org. Her work extends throughout the United States, Canada, South America, the Arctic, Australia and Africa, with an expedition to the Congo planned this summer to study the world’s second largest carbon sink.
Rateliff’s youth in rural Missouri was quiet and rambling. He built skateboard ramps, explored caves, slept outdoors in the heat. At 18, Rateliff came to Denver. He scored a job with a trucking company, working on the dock and the yard. The money was good, but Rateliff kept falling asleep at the wheel. “My limbs were going numb, the color was all weird in ‘em. My thyroid wasn’t working. Weird stuff that shouldn’t be happening when you’re in your 20s, but it was.” It was a period of rest and recovery, but also one of artistic growth and fresh challenges. Rateliff used the break to learn the piano, much as he had other instruments— by teaching himself. The first song he tackled was Leonard Cohen’s melancholy classic, “Hallelujah.” Meanwhile, Rateliff developed a dedicated following within the Denver music community and beyond. Spin praised his “massive, alluring” voice. Billboard dubbed the unsigned singer-songwriter a ‘must hear.’ This wave of acclaim lead to a live set on the popular indie site Daytrotter and a solo tour opening for the Fray. Rateliff began writing a different sort of song than he was used to: quieter, more introspective and patient. A friend turned him on to the bedroom recording potentials of the time-honored 8-track, and a new working method was born. “I just kind of went back to my roots,” he says. “It was a different sound, but it was still coming from the same place.” This persistent troubadour has struggled and persevered to this point; now, the wider world is ready for Nathaniel Rateliff. “In Memory of Loss,” he says, “is for everyone who’s willing to listen.”
Gen. Victor E. Renuart Jr. retired in 2010 as Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The general entered the Air Force in 1971 following graduation from Indiana University. He was commissioned through the Officer Training School in 1972. He has commanded a NATO support group and two fighter wings. He served as Commander of the 76th Fighter Squadron during operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and supported Operation Deny Flight as Director of Plans for the NATO Combined Air Operations Center at Headquarters 5th Allied Tactical Air Force. In addition, he commanded Joint Task Force-Southwest Asia and 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force-Southwest Asia, responsible for control of Operation Southern Watch. The general has served as the U.S. Central Command Director of Operations, wherein he oversaw the planning and execution of all joint and allied combat, humanitarian assistance and reconstruction operations for operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He also served as Vice Commander, Pacific Air Forces, where he was responsible for Air Force and Air Component Command activities for the Commander, U.S. Pacific Command. The general has flown combat missions in operations Desert Storm, Deny Flight, Northern Watch and Southern Watch. Prior to assuming his current position, General Renuart was the Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C. He served as the principal immediate office adviser to the Secretary in all matters pertaining to the department.
Rob Schuham professionally “grew up” up at storied ad agencies including Chiat/Day in San Francisco and Ayer in New York and Chicago working on package goods, sports, high-tech and fashion brands. Rob then joined Schwinn Cycling & Fitness to help re-launch and re-position it to the American marketplace. Rob later became a Director at iconic adventure film and television studio, Warren Miller Entertainment. While there, he founded AMG, an award-winning experiential agency, concepting and continuing to execute what’s never been done before for such brands as adidas, Nike, Ford, Toyota, Pepsi, Izze, Evian, Comcast, ESPN, Turner, the NBA and many others. Five years ago, Rob co-founded enigmatic Undercurrent to consult on digital and social strategy. Undercurrent designs global digital architectures and campaigns for such complex organizations as GE, Ford, PepsiCo, CNN, Johnson & Johnson, DonQ, Estee Lauder, Millennium Promise and others. Rob recently joined with Alex Bogusky, who as leader of Crispin Porter + Bogusky won every conceivable advertising award, including Creative Director of the Decade. They founded The FearLess Revolution in order to create a “new agreement” between consumers and corporations tapping into a network of experts and consumers who are driving transparency among global enterprises.
Casey Sheahan currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Patagonia, Inc., and Patagonia’s parent company, Lost Arrow Corporation. Patagonia, a designer and distributor of technical outdoor clothing, is widely known for its commitment to product quality and environmental responsibility. As a member of 1% for the Planet, Patagonia pledges to donate a least one percent of it’s annual sales to promote conservation and preservation of the natural environment. Casey, a long-time industry veteran, came to Patagonia from his post as President of Kelty, Inc. Prior to his tenure at Kelty, he served as Vice-President of Marketing for Merrell Footwear and was Category Marketing Manager at Nike ACG. In addition to his diverse management background, Casey brings a breadth of skills in the fields of writing, marketing and sales. He has edited for several outdoor-inspired publications including Powder Magazine and Runner’s World. He is aligned with a number of environmental organizations and served as President of the Conservation Alliance, a non-profit organization of outdoor businesses whose membership dues support grassroots citizen-action groups and their efforts to protect wild and natural areas. Casey is a lifelong skier and fly-fishing enthusiast. He has a personal affinity for cycling, paddling and all water-related activities, as well as backpacking, sleeping in the dirt and spending time with his family.
Obura is currently a business and social sciences student at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Prior to moving to the United States, Obura attended Strathmore University, a leading African business school, where he was on course to receive a bachelor’s degree in commerce. Obura hopes to pursue graduate studies in business administration and public policy. Obura has brief work experience in the business, non-profit and government sectors. In addition to working as a Property Manager for a gated community in Nairobi, a Marketing Manager for an advertising firm and an Administrative Manager for a small company, Obura has worked as an Event Planner for a non-profit organization as well as for the Kenya Government’s Ministry of Information and Communications Technology. Obura is a budding public speaker and an aspiring author. He is also a dedicated African scholar and considers himself a life-long student of African affairs. He is committed to the social, economic and political transformation of Africa into a land of prosperity—where everyone is able to lead a life of dignity and self-reliance.
A relative unknown, Lucifury shook up the Slam Poetry world by taking 5th in the International World Poetry Slam, 2009. He is a founding member of Denver Slam Nuba. Their first year out, they saw finals stage at the National Poetry Slam in 2007, and have been a fearsome force in Slam ever since. They have gone on to win countless regional titles since their inception in 2007. A native of Denver, Colorado, his introduction to spoken-word occurred at the N.A.A.C.P. ACT-SO Competitions. He spent his teenage years as a community activist with the Denver N.A.A.C.P. Youth Council, and got his introduction to public speaking in various rallies and protests. His knack for public speaking has grown into a full time passion. He can still be found in the community, teaching poetry workshops at elementary schools, high schools, universities and correctional facilities all across this nation. Lucifury is an accomplished stage and film actor, and received his BA in performing arts from Florida A&M University in 2003. He has been in several main-stage productions at Denver’s prestigious Shadow Theatre Company, Cleo Parker Robinson’s stage, and in the traveling company of the St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre. This stage training and theatrical foundation is apparent in the power of his live performance. His passion for the art form makes his live performance uniquely impactful among spoken-word artists. He has shared the stage and opened for various groups, such as Dead Prez, The Flobots, Bahamadia, Saul Williams, Taylor Mali, and Universes to name a few.
Xiren (pronounced seer-rin) is an internationally touring Irish-American rock/pop artist cut from the same cloth as U2, MUSE, Sting, & Peter Gabriel. Described as “Probably the Best Male Vocalist in Colorado…fantastic” by Denver columnist Jedi Bongo. Packing a counter tenor, the best musicians/entertainers in CO and national level computer assisted stage production; his live show peels the paint off the walls and always leaves the audience wanting more. The first single from his latest album, TRIP-R, charted for 6 weeks at #8 on national Modern AC Radio [FMQB] in the US against major label artists – extraordinary for an independent artist! Relevance is the quality he’s always enjoyed about great music – the ability to generate an experience that crosses cultures, political and religious perspectives, and always allows whatever interpretation is needed by the listener. Last year Xiren had a disastrous tour of India (read: India scam) followed by a coast-to-coast US tour which ended abruptly in a catastrophic tour bus accident. By hauling portable recording equipment throughout India and on the bus, he was able to capture the love, grief, rage, sensuality and hope from those experiences and translate them into a scorching pop/rock album. Xiren is also an avid Yogi and holds the rank of Shodan in a traditional style of Japanese Ninjutsu. During last year’s India and US tours he managed to keep a rigorous workout schedule while on the tour bus.
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Ellie Caulkins Opera House
1000 14th Street
Denver, CO, 80204
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