Marsalis Music is excited to announce that our very own Branford Marsalis will be a featured presenter at TEDxNOLA  on Friday, August 27th at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre in New Orleans, where along with other visionary intellects, Branford will explore the role that crisis plays in the development of groundbreaking ideas. Specifically, Branford and his interviewer, Lolis Eric Elie, a New Orleans based writer and filmmaker who recently joined the staff of the HBO series Treme, will discuss the creation of the New Orleans Habitat Musicians’ Village .
After the destruction of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, New Orleans’ natives Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr. teamed up with New Orleans Habitat for Humanity to create a multigenerational village of homes to house musicians displaced by the storm. This Musicians’ Village  is now a thriving community in the Upper Ninth Ward with seventy-two single family homes, and two elder living duplexes. The future heart of the Village, the currently under construction Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, will serve as a community space, a music education center, and a performance venue to further support New Orleans’ cultural bedrock of music. On August 24, 2010, Marsalis Music will release a new album from the Marsalis Family whose title shares the slogan of the Musicians’ Village: Music Redeems . All proceeds from the sale of this record will support programming at the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music . For more information on Music Redeems, please click HERE .
TED talks, living on www.TED.com , have become known as a reliable source to turn to to learn about “ideas worth spreading” by important thought leaders around the globe. TEDx are independently organized, TED-inspired gatherings to inspire deep discussion on topics important to a local community. For more information about TEDxNOLA, please click HERE .