Ethnomusicologist: Keith Caisey played an array of instruments from around the world. *Photo by Sarah Lagan
Ethnomusicologist: Keith Caisey played an array of instruments from around the world. *Photo by Sarah Lagan
Creative and intellectual thought was abuzz at this weekend’s TEDxBermuda conference. Professors, lawyers, scientists and activists mixed with artists, musicians and poets in the first conference of its kind on the island. Ted is a non-profit organization that began in 1984 dedicated to “ideas worth spreading”. Ted stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design and experts in each field make presentations and answer questions from a live audience which are then broadcast for free on the Internet. Organizer John Narraway told us that he planned to organize a second conference in October and hinted that they could become a regular fixture on the island’s community calendar. Sarah Lagan and Amanda Dale attended the conference  and reported on the numerous speakers.

Keith Caisey, a world-renowned percussionist of 48 years’ experience, took the audience on a musical journey around the world.

He spoke of how he has been inspired by the music of different cultures, and in discovering the “rhythm of life”.

Among the instruments he played was his own Bermudian version of the Australian didgeridoo, hollowed out from a local tree. His message was that music played on traditional instruments can preserve a culture, and this should be passed down through the generations.

“We need to hang on to what we have. We’re like tuning forks, all of us, and we need to tune each other up every day. “What we have to celebrate is being on this planet and celebrate every breath we take.”

TEDxBermuda 2011