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TEDGlobal 2012

Usman Riaz + Preston Reed: A young guitarist meets his hero

ウスマン・リアス&プレストン・リード 「若きギタリスト、ヒーローに出会う」

June 28, 2012

21歳の打楽器的ギター演奏の名人ウスマン・リアスは、YouTubeでヒーローたちの演奏を見てその技を覚えました。TEDフェローに選ばれた彼がTEDGlobal 2012のステージで演奏し、つづいて打楽器的ギター演奏の巨匠プレストン・リードが見事な演奏を聞かせてくれます。そしてこの2人のギタリストがまさにその場で即興演奏を生み出す様をご覧ください。

Usman Riaz - Percussive guitarist
Young guitarist Usman Riaz pulls a rich, swirling sound out of the acoustic guitar. Full bio

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Double-click the English subtitles below to play the video.
(Music)
(演奏)
00:16
(Applause)
(拍手)
03:33
(Applause)
(拍手)
03:56
(Music)
(演奏)
04:08
(Applause)
(拍手)
07:16
(Music)
(演奏)
07:41
(Applause)
(拍手)
10:52
Chris Anderson: You guys were amazing.
いや まったくすごいね
11:21
That's amazing.
まったくすごいよ
11:22
(Applause)
(拍手)
11:24
You just don't hear that every day.
これ毎日やったらいいんじゃない?
11:28
(Laughter)
(笑)
11:29
Usman, the official story is that
ウスマン 公式の解説によると
11:31
you learned to play the guitar
君がギターを覚えたのは
YouTubeで
11:34
by watching Jimmy Page on YouTube.
ジミー・ペイジの演奏を
見てという話だけど
11:35
Usman Riaz: Yes, that was the first one. And then I --
ええ 最初はそうです
11:37
That was the first thing I learned,
最初そうやって勉強して
11:40
and then I started progressing to other things.
それから徐々に 他のも
見るようになりました
11:43
And I started watching Kaki King a lot,
カーキ・キングのを
たくさん見たんですが
11:45
and she would always cite Preston Reed as a big influence,
彼女がよくプレストン・リードから
影響を受けたと言っていたので
11:48
so then I started watching his videos,
それで彼のビデオを
見るようになりました
11:52
and it's very surreal right now to be --
今こうして一緒にいるのは
不思議な感じがします
11:54
(Laughter)
(笑)
11:57
(Applause)
(拍手)
12:00
CA: Was that piece just now,
今の彼の曲だけど
12:04
that was one of his songs that you learned, or how did that happen?
そうやって覚えた曲だったの?
どうやって実現したのかな?
12:06
UR: I'd never learned it before,
これは 初めてだったけど
12:09
but he told me that we would be playing that on stage,
彼がこれをやろうと言って
12:10
so I was familiar with it, so that's why I had so much more fun learning it.
そういのうは慣れているし
覚えながらやる分 一層楽しくて
12:13
And it finally happened, so ...
ついに実現したという感じです
12:18
(Laughter)
(笑)
12:20
CA: Preston, from your point of view,
あなたから見ると
どうですか?
12:22
I mean, you invented this like 20 years ago, right?
20年前 あなたが生み
出したものですが
12:23
How does it feel to see someone like this
彼みたいな子が出てきて
12:25
come along taking your art and doing so much with it?
あなたの技を学び取り ここまで
見事にやるというのは?
12:28
Preston Reed: It's mind-blowing,
驚くばかりです
12:33
and I feel really proud, really honored.
それに すごく光栄に思います
12:35
And he's a wonderful musician, so it's cool.
彼はこんなにも優れた音楽家で
すごくイカしています
12:38
(Laughter)
(笑)
12:44
CA: I guess, I don't think there is like a one-minute other piece you guys can do?
もう1曲1分くらいで
やれるのがあったりしません?
12:47
Can you? Do you jam? Do you have anything else?
即興とか?
何かありません?
12:52
PR: We haven't prepared anything.
全然準備してないけどな
12:55
CA: There isn't. I'll tell you what.
ないと じゃあこうしましょう
12:57
If you have another 30 or 40 seconds,
30秒か40秒
13:02
and you have another 30 or 40 seconds,
30秒か40秒で
13:05
and we just see that, I just think --
どうにかしてもらって
13:07
I can feel it. We want to hear a little more.
感じるんです みんなが
聞きたがっているのを
13:08
And if it goes horribly wrong, no worries.
うまくいかなくったって
いいんですから
13:11
(Applause)
(拍手)
13:13
(Laughter)
(笑)
13:16
(Music)
(演奏)
13:30
(Applause)
(拍手)
16:17
Translator:Yasushi Aoki
Reviewer:Takafusa Kitazume

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Preston Reed - Revolutionary Guitarist
Preston Reed’s hands have an otherworldly coordination. The fingers, nails, thumbs, and palms of both left and right dance, pluck, strum, and slap his guitar, which bursts with a full sound.

Why you should listen

Most guitarists the world over play their instruments in essentially the same way: the left hand holds the neck and applies pressure to each string to change notes, while the right hand plays the melody. Not so with Preston Reed.

In the 1980s, Reed began playing his instrument in new ways, sometimes twisting his left hand to pick out a melody while the right hand strummed accompaniment or tapping the guitar’s body like a drum. A new playing style was born, with deep chords, complex percussion, and weightless melodies. And he's inspired new generations of guitarists to further innovate on the genre he pioneered.

Usman Riaz - Percussive guitarist
Young guitarist Usman Riaz pulls a rich, swirling sound out of the acoustic guitar.

Why you should listen

TEDGlobal Fellow Usman Riaz is a young Pakistani musician making a worldwide mark with his astonishing and fun-to-listen-to technique. Influenced by percussive guitarists--who move beyond strumming to striking, treating their fretboard like the soundboard of a piano--Riaz makes a sound that feels larger than the instrument itself, with a compelling pattern of repetition and variation that harkens to mystical music traditions.

In 2011, a viral video for his song "Fire Fly" helped bring his sound from the small-but-thriving Pakistani music community to a global audience. He's now collaborating with other musicians in Pakistan and working on a new album of original music.

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