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TEDxMelbourne Event sharing Ideas Through the Power of Music

Music is a universal language. It brings us closer to each other – across time, across cultures, across moments. Music unites us. In 2020, we need it more than ever. During the pandemic many artists and entertainers from across the world lost their main source of income as live venues shut down and concerts were cancelled. TEDxMelbourne and their community appreciate the power of music and connection, so it was an obvious choice for the next event to be supporting and celebrating local music artists.

This event will not only provide a platform for them to perform, but to also delve behind the music to uncover the ideas that inspire their work, talk about their creative process and discuss the importance of a strong and resilient arts industry in Australia and across the globe.

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This is not just another online music gig – this is about ideas and inspiration – about the power of messages through music – about tapping into the current issues we face as a community and how we can come together, build our collective resilience and share ideas that inspire positive change.

This is music from a unique TEDxMelbourne perspective.
On Thursday 10 December, join the team from the non-profit organisation, for this very special event showcasing four diverse artists who are all delivering important messages to audiences in their own unique way: Philly, Uncanny Valley, Little Green and Kaitlyn Hova (bios and info below).
As always, TEDxMelbourne is about diversity, bringing talent from an array of backgrounds to challenge thought processes and make the mind boggle, and this salon is no different.
Ticket prices start at $30 for general admission or $10 for artists and can be purchased via the TEDxMelbourne website.

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Uncanny Valley
Uncanny Valley Studios in Sydney houses an experienced collective of musicians, sound engineers and sonic technologists. Partnering with data scientists and academics, UV’s R&D is focussed around emotional data in music / audio and the creation of AI generative music.
In 2020 Uncanny Valley formed a team to represent Australia at the AI Song Contest held as a part of Eurovision 2020. When Covid hit, the AI Song Contest went ahead and Uncanny Valley Team Australia won the contest with their track ‘Beautiful World’.

Kaitlyn Hova
Kaitlyn Hova is a violinist, software engineer, co-founder of Hova Labs, and neuroscientist. She is also a synesthete–someone with the ability to see sounds, due to a neurological phenomenon in which the stimulation of one sense triggers an instantaneous, involuntary experience in another. Professionally, Kaitlyn has played violin for performances with Michael Bublé, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller, Mary J. Blige, Josh Groban, Rod Stewart and more. “The Hovas" are also the creators of the Hovalin, an open source, 3D printable acoustic violin that helps STEM groups print their school’s music program.

Little Green
Little Green is the alter ego of Sydney-based singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Amy Nelson. Growing up in the Blue Mountains, Amy developed a childlike sense of storytelling and serene musicality inspired by the nature around her. Self-taught on flute, sax, guitar, piano and vocals, she has used her skillset to create a compelling live show, start a popular mini beat series online, and collaborate with some of Sydney's best up and coming electronic producers; her recent releases with Boulevarde and Lamalo being supported by KIIS1065 and Triple J Unearthed.

An emerging female producer in her own right, Little Green's 'DIY Supergroup' track received stellar reviews on Unearthed, her ‘lofty vocals and delicate flutes’ sending her to the top of the charts and earning her a spin on Triple J.

Phillip Murray, aka ‘Philly’, was born in the golden era of hip-hop in 1991. By the age of four his older brothers had a huge collection and all he ever listened to was hip-hop. He began writing rhymes, dubbing beats & rapping in public and soon became a hip-hop sensation with a big following of kids in his hometown Mildura. He won triple j’s Unearthed NIMA Competition in 2014 earning him a performance slot alongside Briggs & The Last Kinection. The following week his debut single We On shot to No.5 on iTunes Hip Hop charts. He was the winner of the National Indigenous Music Awards ‘New Talent of the Year’ category the following year.

Now, Philly is working with Briggs’ all Indigenous label – Bad Apples Music and is determined to continue to use his voice to make change and inspire young people.

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Lisa Leong
Lisa is an ABC broadcaster, media commentator, keynote speaker, CEO and business consultant. After leaving her job as a corporate technology lawyer in a prestigious law firm, she became a radio DJ for the ABC and now continues to work as a radio host for ABC Radio National, and hosts the podcast ‘This Working Life’. Her “superpowers” are curiosity, creativity and delivering key messages by way of song. In 2017 she graced the TEDxMelbourne stage with her talk “Can robots make us more human?”.

Event snapshot
What: TEDxMelbourne Music Salon: United
Where: Online event
When: Thursday 10 December, 2020
Time: 5.45pm– 8pm
Tickets: Tickets available for $10 for artists and $30 for general admission, purchased at