Burning Man 2015

Special opening performance

Ayla Nereo‘s voice hits straight to the heart. With an array of loop-pedals by her side, she builds layer upon layer of vocal melodies into fierce, sweeping harmonies and weaves syncopated threads of guitar, kalimba, piano, and percussion into each live performance. Her lucid storytelling and lyrical imagery are water for the thirsty soul; words and sounds that crack open the heart, and embody the many folds of our own selves.

Raised on opera, 60s folk, and psychedelic rock, living her younger years in the wide open hills and her adult years in Oakland CA, Ayla’s music touches both the timeless and modern; where circle songs and roots music meet tribal beats and folktronica. Crafting an immersive soundscape we can dive into, Ayla’s performance becomes a journey: an inspired, wondrous experience that holds you by the heart and doesn’t let go.


Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ayla.nereo.music

LISTEN: http://soundcloud.com/ayla-nereo

2015 Speaker Announcement

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1:00 – 2:15
– Jon La Grace – “Fail Smart”
– Lea DeFrancisci – “Fake It Till You Make It, The Power of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Change Problematic Personalities, Help with Mental Illness, and Make us Happier”
– Crimson Rose – “Creative Truth ~ Intentional Lives”
– Jamila Reddy – “Making the Rabbit Hole the Reality.”

2:30 – 4:00 
– Harley K. Dubios – “Female Leadership”
– Eamon Armstrong – “From Ancient to Modern: How Festivals Build real Communities from Utopian Visions”
– Cello Joe – Musical Perfomance
– Matt Reyes – Lensing Visualities & Virtualities: One Human’s Thoughts on Sharing Experiences to Elicit Meaningful Change”
– Favianna Rodriguez – “Art & Social Justice”

4:15 – 5:45
– Melissa Arredondo – “A Zero-Dimensional Life”
– Debra Tillinger (aka Dr. Mermaid) – “A Grin Without a Cat: the Math and Madness of El Niño.”
– John Hardy – “Bamboo Future”
– Barnaby Ferrero – Ocean stewardship: Have we all gone mad?
– Gentleman Callers of LA – DJ set

Photo credit: Sidney Erthal Photography

TEDxBlackRockCity 2015 – “Through the Looking Glass.”

Wednesday, September 2 at 1:00pm – 5:00pm in PDT

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“Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.” ~ Lewis Carroll (1871)  “Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There” (Lewis Carroll Quotes)

To peer “Through the Looking Glass” is to seek alternative perspectives, to imaginatively approach a traditional problem or line of reasoning in order to illuminate impossible solutions. This often requires a willful transformation of ourselves — a creative shape-shifting — so that we see the world with new eyes, new senses, a new consciousness. It is only in this way that a new world reveals itself — as strange, yes, but perhaps also closer to world in which we dream.

In 2015, TEDx Black Rock City will be an opportunity to open and reflect ourselves in new ways, to a new world, in which we are all transformed by ideas that matter.

Deadline for submitting applications for TEDxBlackRockCity 2015 is July 1, 2015 midnight PST.  To apply, please click on the following link and fill out our application form.  All candidates will be notified by August 1, 2015.  TEDxBlackRockCity 2015 Application

Before submitting your application, please review the TEDx Content Guidelines here – TEDx Content Guidelines

Photo credit: Sidney Erthal Photography