On November 11th, 2016, Joshua performed all six of J.S. Bach's Suites for Solo Cello on Facebook Live from his living room in NYC. The performance attracted over 17,000 views in real time, and led to a repeat on TED's Facebook page on Tuesday, Nov. 15th, the one-week anniversary of the U.S. Presidential Election. The TED presentation went out to just under one million viewers in real time, and has continued to be shared and viewed since. Joshua had this to say about the endeavor:
"I see a lot of emotional volatility all around: on social media, when I speak to friends, as I observe strangers. I'm not here with words of advice or judgement, but as a musician, I want to offer something else. One of the most important values in art is openness, so I am doing this separate from my own political beliefs, separate from yours, but as a simple gesture of shared humanity. Tomorrow I'll be playing all six of the Suites for Unaccompanied Cello by Johann Sebastian Bach on Facebook Live. Feel free to tune in for all or part of it - and take a breath with me."
Click below to see the video on this site, or click here to watch the video on Facebook.