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TEDxConstitutionDrive 2012 - Freddy Clarke - "Until Then, It's a Wobbly World"

Our 2012 theme was "Identity" This year we explored Identity in a way that went beyond the standard gender/race/age lines. We see Identity as the non-genetic DNA of us, one that is co-created by our environments and ourselves, and which drives in a powerful way our choices, our relationships and our lives. Speakers as diverse as Eric Drooker, New Yorker artist, to Beau Lewis, producer of the American Hipster series, to John Murray, scientist at the SRI International labs, came to share their perspectives on Identity. Freddy Clarke, magical and humorous composer and guitarist (performing with 9 friends from all over the world) Born in Fresno, California, Freddy studied classical guitar at San Francisco State University with Rani Cochran and privately with Narcisso Yepes,Rey De La Torre and Leo Brower. He studied composition with Gus Gustavson,Roger Nixon and Peter Sacco with an emphasis on form and technique. Igor Stravinski and John Cage are two influences who have helped shape his vision. Stravinski for his creative approach to unusual instrumental combinations and sonorities and John Cage for his fascination with random events superseding preconceived notions allowing freedom of expression through improvisation. No composition is ever "finished".The acoustic meets the electronic, sounds taken from another place and time then reintegrated into the present is a relatively new concept utilizing digital samplers and drum machines. Freddy's dad built 50 flamenco and classical guitars,the first one being his favourite and most used on his solo recordings. His mother , Peal Clarke, is an exceptional singer specializing in mexican folk songs. They have recorded a CD together titled "Recuerdos De Mi Mama".Freddy's solo performances and original compositions have likened him to "Segovia on acid" and "the Kenny G of flamenco guitar" and "Smashing Pumpkins meets Gypsy Kings". Website ?
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