Musician + artist
Artist, Composer, Filmmaker
Usman Riaz + Preston Reed: A young guitarist meets his hero View talk on TED.com »
Usman Riaz began playing classical piano at the age of six and taught himself to play a variety of instruments using the internet as his teacher.
A composer, multi instrumentalist, visual artist and filmmaker, Usman has spoken and performed on the TED main stage as a TED fellow and has been traveling all over the world sharing his artwork and music with audiences to emphasize how all of us can use multimedia around us to further our talents.
A Bodhicitta Works and Esoterica Production
'A street urchin and his companion steal from an unsuspecting lady as she makes her way out of an abandoned train station. What ensues is nothing short of chaotic as the 'Ruckus' caused by these 2 thieves begins to affect everyone around them.'
Ruckus is a 10 minute short film directed by musician Usman Riaz based on his musical piece of the same name from his album 'Circus in the Sky'.
'CIRCUS IN THE SKY' on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/circ...
'Circus in the Sky' Album
02/02/2011 – 05/12/2012
Written and performed by Usman Riaz. 'Circus in the Sky' tells the story of the 'Lost Boy' and his journey through life. Starting with the innocence and playfulness of youth it moves into the joys and sorrows of life as one gets older finally climaxing with spiritual awakening and ultimately the acceptance of death.
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I began playing classical piano at the age of six and taught myself to play a variety of instruments using the internet as a learning tool. I am a composer, filmmaker and visual artist. After TED Global I have been traveling all over the world sharing my artwork and music with audiences to emphasize how we can use multimedia around us to further our talents.
I enjoy watching people cook. It like watching someone paint. Its a fascinating experience. My favorite meal would have to be a bowl of cereal. One with nuts and oats and not too particularly sweet. I don't know why myself.
A funny story about me:
I once poked a fork into a boys posterior while he was climbing a flagpole at a wedding when I was 3 years old thinking that he would fly to the top of the pole like they do in cartoons. My father spent the rest of the wedding hiding from the boys musclebound father as he searched for him with his angry son.