It's about time... TEDx Honolulu on 11.11.11 11.1.11 at the University of Phoenix Hawaii Campus Cupola Theater, 2nd floor of the Honolulu Design Center. By invitation only and limited seating, apply to attend here: http://tedxhonolulu.org/register-to-attend/
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energy, influence and connections to change the world.
You will have the opportunity to engage in authentic dialogue with an
elusive yet valuable audience: passionate, open-minded people in our
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challenged to positively impact our local community and the planet in
What a productive last week and Father's Day weekend. It was anticipated on my calendar to be an intense week. On Thursday I taught 2 summer school classes early in the morning on the history and culture of beatboxing. Several students there remember when I performed at the school they graduated from several weeks prior. Before I came home from that adventure TEDxHonolulu uploaded and tagged me to their June auditions photo. That was when folks on Facebook made their voice heard. I want to thank Kitty for being the trend setter that she is and everyone who submitted "Jason Tom" to be a potential TEDxHonolulu presenter on 11.11.11 11.1.11. You can still nominate a potential presenter for 11.11.11 11.1.11 with "ideas worth spreading" for a total of two upcoming July au…
Early last month I was a guest entertainer for the TEDxHonolulu (TEDxHNL) conference which took place at the Hawaii Convention Center. "TED" of "TEDx" is a acronym for "Technology, Entertainment, Design," and the "x" of "TEDx" represent "an independently organized TED event." TED's motto is "ideas worth spreading."
I want to thank Janel and Nari for accompanying me. Props to Ninja Nari for the vids:
TEDxHonolulu - Jason Tom - 11/05/09 (performance)
TEDxHonolulu - Jason Tom - 11/05/09 (interview w/ Angela Keen)
Angela Keen: How long have you been doing this?
Jason Tom: Performing wise 5 years, but I've been doing this since I was 4-years-old. *Playfully says* I was holding back by the way. *laughs*
This TEDTalks' video was filmed on February 2003 (though posted on October 2008), filmed more than a year before I started performing as a beatboxer. Now when I watch it again I find it to be inspiring hearing his snares, vocal turntable techniques, and style. He is quite original.
On May 14, 2009 my general manager sent me this video of James "AudioPoet" Burchfield. Prior to that I googled "beatbox poet" since I find myself mostly connected with the Hawaiʻi poetry scene (as opposed to the Hawaiʻi hip-hop scene) as a beatboxer, and that same vid popped up. My first impression was that it reminded me of a similar setting of a performance I did on February 9, 2009 as a guest artist for a UH Manoa speech class. I even had the same mic set up.