2015

Sensational Strings: Empathy & Malice

Think you have heard a viola before? Think again. Christen Lien's incredible performance stitches together strums, plucks, loops, legatos, and staccatos to achieve magical expressive performance art. Travel to another world with us. Christen Lien is a contemporary, classically infused multi-instrumentalist who creates an innovative brand of musical storytelling. She performs original compositions primarily on viola that are a beautiful mixture of musical traditions and innovative acoustic and electronic sounds. Lien incorporates the use of guitar effect processors and looping pedals with her instruments (which also include bass guitar, harmonica, Moog synthesizer, drums and kalimba), creating hybrid, melodic music and haunting, evocative performance art. Lien’s music has been used in the feature films Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth and Occupy Love, live theater, dance performances and international political protests. Notable concert halls, museums and venues where she has brought her original work include the REDCAT of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Legion of Honor Museum, the Detroit Institute of the Arts, House of Blues, the Morrison Planetarium at CalAcademy and numerous universities. 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