“I see the power of music to connect cultures. I see it when I stand on a stage at a bluegrass festival … and I bust out into a song in Chinese, and everybody's eyes just pop wide open.” - Abigail Washburn
Nettwerk Records' catalogue artist and TED Fellow, Abigail Washburn, headed to Long Beach, CA for the annual TED2012 Conference. Washburn joined a 2012 class of honorees that included a molecular biologist, a space archaeologist, a blue whale scientist, a DIY Neurologist and 20 other innovators recognized by the globally recognized and highly esteemed nonprofit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” To watch, please visit HERE.
Washburn wanted to be a lawyer improving US-China relations -- until she picked up a banjo. She tells a moving story of the remarkable connections she's formed touring across the United States and China while playing that banjo and singing in Chinese.
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You don’t have to spend long in the company of Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass to work out the secret behind the success of Swiss/German duo BOY’s debut album. Mutual Friends is a magical collection of songs – suffused with equal parts joy and melancholy – that reflects the two women’s personalities flawlessly. Mutual Friends is an album of simple, heartfelt pop decorated with art school elegance and occasional folky flourishes. Their infectiously catchy single, "Little Numbers," has collected more than 7 million views on YouTube.