A Violin Performance from Sarah Reid

Sarah Reid creates an ethereal performance using violin, modulation, and loop pedals.

Sarah has been playing the violin for sixteen years. She attended the University of Oklahoma as a violin performance major and now calls Norman, OK home. She loves to write music and play solo gigs in addition to joining other local musicians whenever she can. She makes music using violin, guitar, synthesizer, vocals, and a loop station. Sarah is also a baker and loves taking walks with her dog, Jesse.

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John Calvin’s TEDxOU Performance

John Calvin is a folk singer/songwriter from Norman, OK. Originally from the mountains and now living on the plains, John often writes about the spaces in between, losing, winning, and getting lost. Currently recording his new EP with Travis Linville, he continues to write and perform in the Norman/OKC Metro area with his band, the Cavalry, along with many other projects that involve forays into jazz and garage. A raw, young voice layered upon the moving melodies of the harmonica and fingerpicked acoustic guitar are characteristic of his style, but it doesn’t mean his songs don’t get rowdy and upbeat. John’s ability to show the audience that he is having just as much fun as they think he is having shines through with every performance. He graduated with a degree in anthropology from the University of Oklahoma and is now pursuing his music full-time, working on his upcoming release while performing weekly.

Buck & Clint Vrazel Use Improvisational Rap To Teach The Creative Flow

Twin brothers Buck and Clint Vrazel have been a driving force in the Oklahoma improvisational comedy and theater scene for over a decade. They are co-founders and co-Artistic Directors of OKC Improv, the state’s first professional improv showcase and learning institution, where they currently teach classes to children and adults across the metro and perform with several troupes including their nationally acclaimed duo act Twinprov.

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Brine Webb’s Special TEDxOU Performance

Brine Webb wonders what makes life. What makes him alive and what makes him worth keeping alive? His songwriting seems to ask if humanity is a long list of redundancies, what can be done to ensure the nonredundancy of self? Webb wonders where he comes from and he wonders where he is going, but more importantly, he wonders how he lays into the scheme. In his music and his lyrics, one can hear Brine Webb being enthralled by the mystery of life, and as much as he seems to want to solve it and be at ease with it, he seems even more terrified by it.