Caroline Lavelle plays the cello like a sorceress casting a spell, occasionally hiding behind her wild mane of blond hair as she sings of pastoral themes. She performs “Farther than the Sun,” backed by Thomas Dolby on keyboards.
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Earlier this week, Californian-born, French-resident entrepreneur and musician Caroline Phillips told the TED University participants at TEDGlobal about the hurdy-gurdy, a polyphonic instrument that is over 1,000 years old and was played throughout Europe — while only a handful of people play it today, including Phillips. Her short performance captivated the audience, which asked for […]
Caroline Phillips cranks out tunes on a seldom-heard folk instrument: the hurdy-gurdy, a.k.a. the wheel fiddle. A searching, Basque melody follows her fun lesson on its unique anatomy and 1,000-year history. (Recorded at TEDGlobal, July 2010 in Oxford, England. Duration: 5:41) Watch Caroline Phillips’ talk on TED.com where you can download it, rate it, comment […]