The creation, performance, significance, and even the definition of music vary according to culture and social context. Music can be divided into genres and subgenres, although the dividing lines and relationships between music genres are often subtle, sometimes open to individual interpretation, and occasionally controversial.


Thursday January 13, 2011


6:00 p.m. Registration and Networking

7:00 p.m. Music

Introduction by Guest Curator, Susan McTigue

Evelyn Glennie shows how to listen at TED 2003

Robert Gupta: Music is medicine, music is sanity at TED 2010

Bobby McFerrin hacks your brain with music: World Science Festival 2009

Caroline Phillips: Hurdy-gurdy for beginners at TEDGlobal 2010

Itay Talgam: Lead like the great conductors at TEDGlobal 2009

Maestro Jose Abreu revealed his TED Prize wish at TED 2009

8:00 p.m. Discussion By Attendees

9:00 p.m. Close

Bonus Content

Prior to the main presentation we watched and listed to Pamelia Kurstin play the theremin. During the discussion we listened to Gustavo Dudamel lead El Sistema’s top youth orchestra.


After the main presentation we discussed the following issues:

1. Have you ever had an “ah-ha!” musical moment as described by some of the presenters?
2. Do you prefer experiencing music as a performer or as a listener. How is the musical experience different for you in each role? [As in, what are the different feelings you get from the music?]
3. What did you think of Itay Talgam’s inferences about leadership style? What has been your experience with the various types of leaders he showcased?
4. The Talks showed musicians participating in music as soloists and ensemble players. Which do you prefer, or think you’d prefer, and why?
5. Has your taste in music changed over time? If so, how– and what do you think influenced the change?
6. Do you play an instrument? If not, have you ever wanted to and what stopped you?


We were lucky enough to have Daniel Sofer take some great pictures. Check them out on Facebook.

Attendees and Venue

The event was attended by 38 people and held at the Creative Arts Center, 1560 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, California, 90266.