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rayan
02-10-2010, 09:22 AM
Our friend Jake Shimabukuro just performed at TED (http://www.ted.com/) and received a standing ovation. TED is an exclusive idea conference where the worlds brightest minds come together to present their ideas, research, creations, talents etc. Everyone who is in the audience is a scheduled presenter. You can say that it is a small conference of geniuses (in their respected fields).

Why does this change everything for the ukulele? Many of the people there are influencers to the highest degree, let me give you an example of the type of person in the audience

http://twitter.com/BillGates/status/8916544197

I think it is highly likely for the people there to go and spread the word about what the ukulele is capable of and we may see even MORE new ukulele players out there. There's a trend at TED to have more and more web and technology speakers and if the uke catches on in that scene, it has the chance to go viral like no other instrument ever.

I know some people don't like Jake's music, but you cannot deny all that he has done for the instrument, opening people's eyes to what it is capable of and by that fact expanding appreciation for it world wide.

rayan
02-10-2010, 09:50 AM
Twitter is a great tool to see how ideas and messages are spread real time.

http://twitter.com/#search?q=TED%20Ukulele

This is blowing up

portlandjosh
02-10-2010, 10:04 AM
I love Twitter for this exact reason. It really does seem to be getting a lot of attention! Haven't really explored the 'ukulele Twitter community... Is it out there?

Brad Bordessa
02-10-2010, 10:05 AM
It appears he played Ave Maria and Bohemian Rhapsody. I really hope a video gets up soon, but to subscribe to the TED live feed is like $1000, so I won't be holding my breath.

rayan
02-10-2010, 10:18 AM
They usually post the best ones up on the website free to watch. Don't know if they're doing Jake's one though because there was some copyrighted stuff in it.

dallas2ny
02-10-2010, 10:21 AM
What kind of stuff did he talk about? why did they invite him rather than any other prodigy or instrument?

rayan
02-10-2010, 10:26 AM
What kind of stuff did he talk about? why did they invite him rather than any other prodigy or instrument?

They have had other prodigies in the past. Jake is unique though because most people already have a preconceived notion of what the ukulele is capable of and his playing shatters all expectations. The point of TED is to open eyes to possibilities and Jake fits the mold perfectly. Most people have seen amazing guitarists, pianists, etc, not many have seen amazing ukulele players.

Brad Bordessa
02-10-2010, 10:33 AM
They usually post the best ones up on the website free to watch. Don't know if they're doing Jake's one though because there was some copyrighted stuff in it.

There is that copyright thing again...

sukie
02-10-2010, 11:18 AM
You tube? Twitter? Jake is taking over the world through technology. What will he conquer next? I'm happy for him.

Ukulele JJ
02-10-2010, 11:42 AM
This is great news! I've been casually following TED for a few years now. Some really influential/famous talks have come out of it.

JJ

CoLmes
02-10-2010, 11:57 AM
I love jake and all that he had done for the uke. Hope to get to one of his shows before he gets so big that the closest I get to him is the nose bleeds.

kenikas
02-10-2010, 11:59 AM
Glad to hear that, Jake is one of the artists who converted me from the delusion that uke's are a "toy/joke" instrument.

Melissa82
02-10-2010, 12:10 PM
Sarah Silverman was at TED so I'm not going to count on anything special about this until I see it for myself.

ukeshale
02-10-2010, 12:15 PM
This is great exposure for the uke. Hopefully it opens some eyes.

dallas2ny
02-10-2010, 12:23 PM
It appears he played Ave Maria and Bohemian Rhapsody. I really hope a video gets up soon, but to subscribe to the TED live feed is like $1000, so I won't be holding my breath.

I like the concept of TED and I have seen their free talks on the net, but it seems pretty elitist. For starters, there's the $6000 (!!??) fee as well as an essay you have to write to have a chance at attending. Charging $1k to watch on the net sounds crazy! Charging this much guarantees that your audience will be limited to rich folks. I know that they have some free stuff on the net, but I feel like the spirit of TED talks is to spread good ideas. They should rely more on philanthropy and charge a more reasonable fee to attend/ participate!

RevWill
02-10-2010, 12:30 PM
Mark Frauenfelder is going to put an interview with Jake up at boingboing.net

If you're not familiar with Mark he is a real techie, a founder of boingboing, a uke player, and an artist. He designed the Flea logo for FleaMarketMusic.

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rpeters
02-10-2010, 01:50 PM
It's amazing how much commotion a single line of text can create!

whetu
02-10-2010, 01:54 PM
They have had other prodigies in the past. Jake is unique though because most people already have a preconceived notion of what the ukulele is capable of and his playing shatters all expectations. The point of TED is to open eyes to possibilities and Jake fits the mold perfectly. Most people have seen amazing guitarists, pianists, etc, not many have seen amazing ukulele players.

One word: Theremin (http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/pamelia_kurstin_plays_the_theremin.html) :)

/edit: okay, more words. I'm interested to see what John Underkoffler has to say (he developed the Minority Report computer UI), as well as Ken Robinson (especially given his last talk (http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html)), Philip K. Howard, and to a lesser extent Jamie Oliver. See the list of speakers here - Jake's included:

http://conferences.ted.com/TED2010/program/speakers.php

N.b. I've been watching TED videos for a few years now

phanzo
02-10-2010, 02:04 PM
One word: Theremin (http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/pamelia_kurstin_plays_the_theremin.html) :)

/edit: okay, more words. I'm interested to see what John Underkoffler has to say (he developed the Minority Report computer UI), as well as Ken Robinson (especially given his last talk (http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html)), Philip K. Howard, and to a lesser extent Jamie Oliver. See the list of speakers here - Jake's included:

http://conferences.ted.com/TED2010/program/speakers.php

N.b. I've been watching TED videos for a few years now

The Theremin is so cool. I used one when I was in school, so much fun to play with. This lady is phenomenal though!!

pete1030
02-10-2010, 04:35 PM
Nellie McKay performed a song at TED a couple of years ago and played her ukulele as accompaniment. She did her Mother of Pearl.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hU446HDtGv8

experimentjon
02-10-2010, 04:55 PM
They usually post the best ones up on the website free to watch. Don't know if they're doing Jake's one though because there was some copyrighted stuff in it.

Oh man, I hope they put it up. I loved some of the other TED speeches. I want to see jake's one!!!

Pippin
02-10-2010, 09:29 PM
"TED Talks" are a big thing with my wife.

As for Twitter, we are using Twitter to promote my last book, "Get Happy, Write Away". We have been using Twitter for about two weeks and are building a list of followers veyr quickly.

rogue_wave
02-10-2010, 09:52 PM
I recommend watching the TED videos to anyone. There is some amazing stuff there.
This is the link to all the clips on their site:
http://www.ted.com/talks/browse

Some of the most amazing include a neurologist who had a stroke. She relays her experience as someone who was uniquely aware of what was happening to her brain as it was occurring. The talk is abot 20 minutes and I would suggest leaving yourself some time to think afterwards.

http://www.ted.com/talks/jill_bolte_taylor_s_powerful_stroke_of_insight.htm l

Also watch Steve Jobs Stanford commencement speech.

buddhuu
02-10-2010, 10:18 PM
Wow. Go, Jake! :)

rubenken
02-11-2010, 07:35 AM
Great news...BUT, the more market demand, the higher the prices of high-end ukes will go.

csibona
02-11-2010, 07:49 AM
Great news...BUT, the more market demand, the higher the prices of high-end ukes will go.

Especially with the TED crowd - I assume most of those folks have some money.

Skrik
02-11-2010, 07:57 AM
I have no problem with Jake -- he's a good musician. TED, on the other hand... well, I have a problem with them.

Brad Bordessa
02-11-2010, 08:09 AM
There is a great picture on the TED site: http://blog.ted.com/2010/02/mindshift_round.php.

ukecantdothat
02-11-2010, 09:18 AM
...I know some people don't like Jake's music, but...
AYFKM? Really? Who are these people...?

whetu
02-11-2010, 12:20 PM
AYFKM? Really? Who are these people...?

Usually people who can't appreciate that someone can get that into their playing. While Jake has his eyes closed and is completely in the moment, they're laughing and making negative comments. Whatever, if they want to remain small minded and ignorant, that's their choice.

fizgig
02-11-2010, 12:26 PM
Sarah Silverman was at TED so I'm not going to count on anything special about this until I see it for myself.

Well she is an influential person in comedy... unfortunately. She's certainly not a "bright mind," if we're trying to stick to that definition.

I watched Ana Vidovic perform on TED. I can't say either way if her performance on TED changed or informed the public's perception of classical guitar. Every little bit counts however.

luvdat
02-11-2010, 12:39 PM
Go, Jake! Go people who may or may not like Jake the best! Go people who like to play ukulele and sing! Go everyone!

seeso
02-11-2010, 03:13 PM
Here's the interview:

http://mashable.com/2010/02/11/interview-jake-shimabukuro/

whetu
02-11-2010, 04:13 PM
Here's the interview:

http://mashable.com/2010/02/11/interview-jake-shimabukuro/

He says "y'know" a lot, y'know? :)

htb723
02-11-2010, 04:19 PM
Here's the interview:

http://mashable.com/2010/02/11/interview-jake-shimabukuro/

was just about to post this.

i really hope they put up his performance

CoLmes
04-13-2010, 07:57 PM
I found a few vids of Jake playing at the TED party. I don't know if he played on stage as well but this is what I guess he entertained the ppl at TED as well with a show. Theres about 4 or 5 more, but I thought this video was cool because it was up close and person on Jake. Kinda cool to really see his expression on his face that he makes. Esp. when he goes crazy at the end.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69aNhA6wJlM&feature=related

froberts2
01-28-2011, 09:22 PM
TED have put the video up. Amazing Stuff

http://www.ted.com/talks/jake_shimabukuro_plays_bohemian_rhapsody.html