Composed by its conductor, Ben Palmer in 2018, the Deutsche Philharmonie Merck performs "Part II. The Journey Through Time" to celebrate the 350th anniversary of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. This is followed by a second piece by Mikhail Glinka, "Ruslan and Lyudmila," an overture based on a poem by Pushkin, providing a contemplative melody wit...
Pianist ELEW and saxophonist Marcus Miller perform an ensnaring three-part set informed by their love of science, masterfully blending rock and jazz improv techniques. (Listen closely and you may also hear a take on Roger and Hammerstein's "My Favorite Things.")
From her stoop in Brooklyn, singer-songwriter Madison McFerrin shares her experience singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" for Hilary Clinton's presidential campaign in 2016 -- a moment that pushed her to become her best self -- and performs "TRY," a song she wrote about chasing your dreams despite what others say.
A musical duo from the streets of San Francisco bring a healthy dose of rock-n-roll grit to the TED@IBM stage. With a stripped-down performance of "San Francisco", they aim to encourage musicians and fans to question boundaries and push limits.
Firing off her formidable beatboxing skills, musician Butterscotch serenades -- over a hauntingly beautiful backtrack made live on stage -- and shares pieces of her own story as a shoutout to those struggling through dark times. "We have to be compassionate with ourselves, allow acceptance for who we are -- even on our worst days when we're stil...
Jill Sobule isn't just another singer-songwriter with catchy tunes and smart lyrics, she's one of the more insightful satirists of our age. Each of her fanciful songs captures an issue or irony, an emotion or epiphany that helps us understand what it's like to live now.
Equally talented on cello and vocals, Caroline Lavelle has created a performance style all her own. Her expansive talents, channeling the best of both classical and contemporary influences, have earned her comparisons to both Kate Bush and Jacqueline du Pré.
Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it -- and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.
Multi-instrumentalist Ane Brun joins the Lyris Quartet to perform two haunting, mesmerizing songs: the cabaret-inspired "It All Starts With One" and folk-infused "You Light My Fire," with backing vocals from Rebecca Lichtenfeld.
Grammy-nominated popstar Kesha delivers a powerful, earthshaking performance of "Shadow," a song from her critically acclaimed album "High Road" that's all about refusing to let the negativity of others darken your skies and the power of fearless perseverance. She's accompanied by Mary Lattimore on harp, Karina DePiano on piano, and Skyler Stone...
Yue Xiu Lim has long been enamored with the peaceful sound of the Chinese guzheng, a harp-like instrument that dates back to ancient times. She delights the audience with her calming and elegant original piece, "White."
Flamenco guitarist Antonio Muñoz Fernández shares the sounds of southern Spain, first with a virtuosic solo performance of "Taranta," and then joined by Antonio Fernández Wyto on percussion for a festive, rhythmic "bulería" called "Calblanque."
Pianist Daria van den Bercken fell in love with the baroque keyboard music of George Frideric Handel. Now, she aims to ignite this passion in others. In this talk, she plays us through the emotional roller coaster of his music — while sailing with her piano through the air, driving it down the street, and of course playing on the stage.
Alexis Charpentier (aka Lexis from Music Is My Sanctuary) believes record collectors, music curators and DJs serve a crucial role as cultural preservationists and alternative voices to mainstream music platforms.
For five years, young Emmanuel Jal fought as a child soldier in the Sudan. Rescued by an aid worker, he's become an international hip-hop star and an activist for kids in war zones. In words and lyrics, he tells the story of his amazing life.
The revolution that made music more marketable, more personal and easier to pirate began ... at the dawn of the 19th century. José Bowen outlines how new printing technology and an improved piano gave rise to the first music industry.