Momentum Performer Spotlight, Cher Albrecht

Who goes high up in the air, twists and turns, and mystifies audiences with her strength and flexibility? That’s Cher Albrecht, the amazing stuntwoman and acrobat taking TEDxCanberra Momentum to new heights on Saturday 16 September 2017.


Cher Albrecht started her professional career as a performer at the age of 17, where she sang, danced, acted and performed acrobatics at local theme parks in her hometown Los Angeles. Cher then moved on to performing in live stunt shows, TV and films including “Bruce Almighty” and “Starship Troopers.”


After spending time studying yoga, rock climbing and playing on her trapeze at the picturesque Yosemite National Park, Cher moved to Australia to pursue an opportunity in her trade of graphic design. She has since moved to Canberra and continues to share her passion for aerial arts with the Canberra local community.


In 2015, Cher made her dream of creating an adult playground come true by opening Aerial Sports, a dedicated aerial acrobatics studio that aims to make aerial acrobatics accessible for all who want to partake in the sport.


She also co-founded Solco Acro, Canberra’s first women’s aerial acrobatics and dance troupe. The women of Solco Acro use choreography, aerial dance and circus arts to create a stunning visual and emotional experience for all.


Be prepared to watch Cher Albrecht take on the Canberra Theatre stage and showcase the physical power and beauty of Momentum. Learn more about our speaker line up and other performers here.


For more information about Cher visit Solco Acro.

And you can learn more about Aerial Sports here.


Written by: Sallie Rodriguez

TEDxCanberra Momentum provides Auslan Interpreting

TEDxCanberra are very excited this year to be able to provide Auslan interpreting for our annual event Momentum.

We welcome the DeafACT community and friends to join us in September for an unforgettable day of inspiring talks and thought-provoking ideas that will leave you thinking and feeling differently about our world.

Check out our short inspiring video.

Momentum Performer Spotlight, The Gypsy Scholars

Next on our line-up of performers for TEDxCanberra Momentum is a charming folk band called The Gypsy Scholars. Comprised of James Kelly, Conagh McMahon Hogan, Joel Shapero and Alec Brinsmead, The Gypsy Scholars promise to bring inspired song writing, beautiful harmonies, and dance inducing music to the Canberra Theatre stage on Saturday 16 September.


After meeting in late 2014 at the Australian National University, The Gypsy Scholars have created wonderful songs that blend Aussie folk and indie influences. Since they first stepped onto the Australian music scene in 2015 with a performance of “Air’s A Little Cooler,” The Gypsy Scholars have charmed Australian listeners with their highly successful debut single “The Looking Glass,” sold out headline shows, and performed at festivals like Lost Paradise and Cream. They have also supported Polish Club, Slow Turismo and the iconic Andrew Farris from INXS.


Though their songs are a definite nod to the folk music genre, The Gypsy Scholars have also incorporated an interesting indie twist to their music. As multi-instrumentalists playing guitar, drums, trumpet, mandolin and more, each member brings something exciting to the table, creating a sound that is full of life and a whole lot of fun. Fitting to their name, The Gypsy Scholars seek inspiration for their music from their travels with songs like “Turtle” and “Paris” inspired by adventures overseas.


Though The Gypsy Scholars move between Sydney and Canberra, they still consider the nation’s capital as their spiritual home. What better way to see these youthful lads in action than at TEDxCanberra Momentum.


Treat yourself to an incredible performance by The Gypsy Scholars and purchase a ticket for TEDxCanberra Momentum. Click here for ticket info.


To find out more about The Gypsy Scholars, please visit their website.


Written by Sallie Rodriguez


Momentum Performer Spotlight, Tessa Devine

Meet Tessa Devine, an incredible one-woman band, multi-instrumentalist and international touring artist. On Saturday 16 September, Tessa will grace the Canberra Theatre stage and share her incredible music with the TEDxCanberra audience at our flagship event Momentum.


Tessa’s music is filled with soulful lyrics that paint a beautiful and unique picture of adventure, heartbreak, love, and self-discovery. Aside from her music, Tessa’s quirky personality makes her an absolute joy to watch on stage.


While covers of popular songs like Florence and the Machine’s You’ve Got The Love and Justin Bieber’s Cold Water showcase her diverse musical repertoire and penchant for making every song her own, it’s in her original work where Tessa’s music truly shines.


Her debut EP “Wild” released in March 2017 features four incredibly written and produced songs about the unpredictable life of an adventurer. In “Wild”, Tessa sings of stories that are profound, honest and uniquely her own. Accompanied by percussive guitar rhythms, incredible harmonies and impressive looping techniques, her songs blend indie folk pop with surfy tribal roots, producing a sound unlike anything heard before.


Tessa has performed in an impressive array of shows and festivals including the Cygnet Folk Festival, Bendigo Blues, Mount Beauty Music Festival, Roots Festival right across to EUR to play throughout the UK and Slovenia. We are very excited to welcome Tessa to the TEDxCanberra stage in September.


Don’t miss out on a spectacular performance by the talented Tessa Devine at TEDxCanberra Momentum on Saturday 16 September 2017.


Tickets for Momentum go on sale from 24th July 2017. Click here for ticket info.

To learn more about Tessa Devine, please visit her website.


Article by Sallie Rodriguez

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