TEDxTokyo 2016 Speaker Sami Elu
Musicians tend to perform using instruments built by masters of their own craft. Sami Elu is one of rare few who also invent and build what they play. From drums to dulcimers, he assembles and plays acoustic instruments from scrap materials. At the moment, he’s building the fifth version of his chopstick piano—a hybrid of a piano, a zither, a koto and an electric guitar—which he’ll use for a series of new album recordings. In addition to his busy live concert schedule, Sami is working on the soundtrack for a short film to be produced in Tokyo entitled Dendro. He calls acoustic music “an infinite frontier waiting to be explored,” and loves to put on spontaneous musical workshops to involve ordinary people in the creation of rhythms and group sounds.