Thomas Dolby To Retire As Ted's Music Director
September 19, 2012 at 5:57 AM (PT)
TED (TECHNOLOGY, ENTERTAINMENT AND DESIGN), the nonprofit organization whose long-running conference series is devoted to "Ideas Worth Spreading," Music Director THOMAS DOLBY is stepping down from his duties.
"I've thoroughly enjoyed being part of TED's astronomical growth over the last 12 years," said DOLBY. "But now's the right time for me to move on. I'd like to thank the whole TED team, my TED house band musicians, and all the great musical guests we’ve brought to the conference over the years. It’s been a wonderful ride."
During his tenure, TED audiences were treated to performances by the likes of PAUL SIMON, YO-YO MA, DAVID BYRNE and HERBIE HANCOCK. TED also provided a platform for undiscovered talents, and Internet phenoms. Year by year, DOLBY assembled the eclectic TED House Band in multiple configurations, ranging from string quartet to solo electronica.
"Music has always been part of the fabric of a great TED Conference," said TED Curator CHRIS ANDERSON. "We will miss THOMAS, but the warmth of his musical touch will linger for years to come."