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TED Fellow and OneBeat Fellow, Artist, Composer, Multi-instrumentalist.
21 Year Old Usman Riaz grew up playing classical piano since the age of 6. Picking up guitar at 16 Usman taught himself how to play percussive guitar. Along with these 2 primary instruments he experiments with a number of other ones such as Harmonica, Mandolin, Harmonium and percussion. His recent at TED performances and talks at TED Global 2012 and his selection for the US State department funded cultural/music exchange program OneBeat have proven to him that the internet can be used as a reliable platform to learn new things and open up pathways that seemed impossible before.
Usmans Orchestral works can be heard on: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/circus-in-the-sky/id538577356
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