His Name is Usman Riaz

This is without a doubt, one of our favorite TED Talks videos ever.  Meet Usman Riaz, if you haven't already, a 21-year-old Pakistani musician who learned to play percussive guitar* by watching YouTube videos.  He becomes a YouTube sensation himself in 2011 with a viral video for his song "Fire Fly".  We are not sure how in the world we missed it, but one thing is certain: watching his performance is like witnessing one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Absolutely bewitching. 

Usman plays guitar like an introverted genius alien from another planet who landed here, happened to pick up a guitar, and proceeded to make all the sounds its human inventors never even considered.TED blog

source: TED and EMI PAKISTAN

*Percussive guitar is a style that involves striking the guitar and playing the fretboard like a piano soundboard.

Usman Riaz at TED

  • Creedence

    To be honest, I prefer Jon Gomm, but great stuff either way.