Beau Jennings performs selections from “Verdigris”

Songwriter and documentarian Beau Jennings performs original songs from his most recent project, Verdigris, based on the life of Will Rogers.

Beau Jennings is a musician, filmmaker, and former architect currently based in Oklahoma. Originally the frontman and songwriter for the indie-rock/Americana band Cheyenne, he toured the U.S. while calling both Brooklyn and Austin home. Jennings’ latest project is a documentary film and accompanying album entitled The Verdigris: In Search of Will Rogers, retracing Will Rogers’ life journey from coast to coast and retelling his story through original songs.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

Crimson Chords Performance

A performance by OU a cappella group The Crimson Chords.

Founded in 2006 as an all-girls group, The Crimson Chords today are OU’s only co-ed, student-led, contemporary a cappella ensemble. The members of The Crimson Chords write their own a cappella arrangements of music from a variety of genres (indie, pop, film scores, musical theatre, and anything else you could think of) and perform them at their mid-semester and end-of-semester concerts, as well as campus events and small local venues.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

Kyle Reid’s Cigar Box Guitar Performance

In this performance set from TEDxOU 2015, Kyle Reid captivates the audience with a few tunes on his custom handmade cigar box guitar.

Kyle Reid is a guitarist, singer/songwriter, instrument builder, bandleader and composer based in central Oklahoma. With the backing of his New Orleans jazz inspired swing band, “The Low Swinging Chariots,” Kyle released his first full length album “Alright, Here We Go…” in 2014 to great reviews, being named the Daily Oklahoman’s “Best Local Album of 2014.”

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

Victoria Bautista Brings it On and Off the Map

Victoria Bautista tackles the issue of under-representation of minorities in media and pop culture with this spoken word performance of an original poem. In her second performance, Victoria Bautista takes the audience “Off The Map” with this spoken word performance of an original poem written for and premiered at TEDxOU.

As a spoken word artist and performance poet, Isabel Victoria Bautista holds words to a high standard. For the last five years, she has used poetry and humor to explore and explain a variety of social, political and personal issues that would be difficult to discuss otherwise.

Alex Reisner Performs for TEDxOU

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

Irvin Wagner Plays the Trombone With His Toes

Dr. Irvin L. Wagner is a faculty member at the University of Oklahoma where he is holds the distinguished titles of David Ross Boyd and Regents Professor of Music. At the University he teaches trombone as well as serves as Coordinator of Graduate Music Studies. Complimentary to his regular duties at the University he is a trombonist in the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra. He also enjoys a successful conducting career having served frequently as a guest conductor of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, The Austin (Texas) Symphony Orchestra where he conducts ballet performances and children’s concerts, and the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra. Other orchestras around the world that he has conducted include the Russian Imperial Orchestra in St., Petersburg, Russia, the Cannes Symphony Orchestra in France, and Orquesta Sinfonica de Santa Fe, Argentina.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

Brian Haas’ Improv Jazz Piano Performance

Brian Haas is a jazz pianist based out of Santa Fe, New Mexico. For the last 19 years he has toured the world with the award winning Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, a band he started while a student at The University of Tulsa. He is currently working with drummer Matt Chamberlain and producer Costa Stasinopoulos on an album under his own name for Sony Red.

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.

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.

Austin Hartel Performs and Talks About The Discipline and Science of Movement

Austin Hartel is an extraordinary human being. He is internationally acclaimed for choreographing passionate and athletic dances that create perceptual and intuitive environments, naturally engaging to audiences. Hailing from the east coast and current faculty member of the University of Oklahoma School of Dance, Hartel has spent much of his time in numerous prestigious dance festivals and venues across the globe including serving as a cultural ambassador for the US Dept. of State for 11 years.