A piano performance that balances chaos and harmony: Eric Lewis on

Posted by: Tedstaff

Eric Lewis (who plays the White House tonight!) explores the piano’s expressive power as he pounds and caresses the keys (and the strings) in a performance during the 2009 TED Prize session. He plays an original song, a tribute to ocean and sky and the vision of the TED Prize winners. (Recorded at TED2009, February 2009, in Long Beach, California. Duration: 4:54.)

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Comments (4)

  • commented on Aug 11 2010

    Thanks for the post. It is always nice and inspiring to know that most of us share the same experiences, sentiments, humors and fun as music teaching has become both our passion and profession over the years.

  • judith smith commented on May 19 2009

    One of my regrets is that I never learned to play the piano as a child. My dad could have taught me. He’s 92 now so the chance is passed. I’m too old myself anyway, but I still love listening.

    • Jaspreet Guram commented on Mar 23 2010

      A) You shouldn’t regret something you had no control over (since that’s basically the case for what we did/didn’t do & what happened/didn’t happen to us in childhood)

      B) It might be trite, but it’s true: You’re never too old to learn something new, including taking up an instrument for the first time.

      Doubt it? Look up the story of George Dawson – He learned to read at age 98, going on to earn his GED at 103! It’s NEVER too late! :-)

  • Kite Guy commented on May 14 2009

    i am greatly surprised to hear Eric Lewis’ how nicely he gave us such a beautiful original songs, keep it up and God bless him.