Press Release: THOMAS DOLBY TO RETIRE AS TED’S MUSIC DIRECTOR

For Immediate Release:Sept 19, 2012

Tech-savvy artist organized eclectic concerts for conference.

NEW YORK, New York — TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design), the nonprofit organization whose long-running conference series is devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading,” announced today that Thomas Dolby, TED’s Music Director since 2001, is stepping down from his duties forthwith.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being part of TED’s astronomical growth over the last twelve years,” said Dolby. “But now’s the right time for me to move on. I’d like to thank the whole TED team, my TED house band musicians, and all the great musical guests we’ve brought to the conference over the years. It’s been a wonderful ride.”

During his tenure, TED audiences were treated to performances by the likes of Paul Simon, Yo-Yo Ma, David Byrne and Herbie Hancock. TED also provided a platform for sensational undiscovered talents, and Internet phenoms. Year by year, Dolby assembled the eclectic TED House Band in multiple configurations, ranging from string quartet to solo electronica.

“Music has always been part of the fabric of a great TED Conference,” said Chris Anderson, TED Curator. “We will miss Thomas, but the warmth of his musical touch will linger for years to come.”

Dolby, who recently returned to recording after a break of nearly two decades, has been enjoying a personal musical renaissance with the release of his new album, A Map of the Floating City, and a worldwide concert tour.

Dolby will always remain a friend and supporter of TED and plans to continue as an attendee at the annual TED and TEDGlobal conferences.

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For more information about Thomas Dolby, please contact:
Cary Baker • conqueroo • (323) 656-1600 • cary@conqueroo.com
Erin Allweis • TED • 917.512.2118 • eallweiss@groupsjr.com