Some of the most interesting speakers in the world

I’ve written in the past about how much I have enjoyed the TED conference held annually in Monterey, as well as the associated blog.

Now, you can get a taste of TED without even leaving the house. At TedTalks, a handful of the presentations have been posted, including ones by Al Gore, Larry Brilliant, and Daniel Dennett (who is indirectly responsible for me getting accepted to the Society of Fellows many years back — he happened to be at the table at my interview dinner).

Honestly, though, none of these talks compares to Jennifer Lin’s performance. She was 14 at the time. I was in the room when she played the piano at TED and it was unforgettable. The whole thing is good, but if you get bored, skip to 16 minutes and 40 seconds into the video. That is where Goldie Hawn randomly picks five notes and Jennifer tries to improvise something on the spot based on the notes. If you only follow one link from this blog in your life, going to 16:40 of this link is the one to choose.


queenofsheba

Hey! You know Dennett? Cool. I had a class with him--definitely a good experience.

rahmulus

Some interesting stuff but a bit one sided. As the woman said “We have both kinds of music—Country and Western”.

undersupervised

Not to take anything away from Jennifer Lin--no doubt she has serious chops--but there are probably hundreds (maybe thousands) of pianists her age or younger who are just as technically skilled.

Her improvisation is unsophisticated. Here are two young guys who are (and have been for awhile) skilled improvisors:

http://julianpollackmusic.com/
http://www.keynoterecords.com/aaron_parks.html

There may be many more out there...I don't know a lot about jazz.

Jennifer Lin's got more game than I ever had or will have. But she's nowhere close to the best.

Chris Mealy

Hmm. It was alright. I think Lin herself would be the first to admit her improv was nothing special. That was nearly generic new age schmaltz. I think you set expectations way too high on that.

queenofsheba

Hey! You know Dennett? Cool. I had a class with him--definitely a good experience.

rahmulus

Some interesting stuff but a bit one sided. As the woman said "We have both kinds of music-Country and Western".

undersupervised

Not to take anything away from Jennifer Lin--no doubt she has serious chops--but there are probably hundreds (maybe thousands) of pianists her age or younger who are just as technically skilled.

Her improvisation is unsophisticated. Here are two young guys who are (and have been for awhile) skilled improvisors:

http://julianpollackmusic.com/
http://www.keynoterecords.com/aaron_parks.html

There may be many more out there...I don't know a lot about jazz.

Jennifer Lin's got more game than I ever had or will have. But she's nowhere close to the best.

Chris Mealy

Hmm. It was alright. I think Lin herself would be the first to admit her improv was nothing special. That was nearly generic new age schmaltz. I think you set expectations way too high on that.