Healing with Music Video Series
Reflecting on Music’s Impact
Humans have been using sounds as a way to exist and endure since the start of time. The artists on our Healing with Music Series share their stories of facing illness and personal upheaval to shed light on music’s profound impact.
Pianist Fred Hersch: Responding to Illness Through Jazz
“A living legend” (The New Yorker) within jazz’s piano pantheon, fifteen-time GRAMMY nominee Fred Hersch was also one of the first openly gay, HIV-positive jazz musicians. Amidst the demands of an internationally celebrated career, he spent several months in an AIDS-related coma in 2008. He made his Princeton University Concerts debut as part of our […]
Cellist Joshua Roman: Living with Long COVID as a Musician
Extraordinary cellist and TED Senior Fellow Joshua Roman—the epitome of health prior to the pandemic—has suffered from long-haul COVID-19 syndrome since January 2021. Even amidst debilitating fatigue, he has since dedicated himself to a vigorous touring schedule with a renewed sense of gratitude and urgency. You can get a taste of this passion watching his […]