Last night I was invited by the Artistic Directors of the British Composer Awards, Julia Haferkorn and Ed McKeon, to give a keynote speech at the 2014 BASCA-hosted event. I didn’t expect the sheer amount of creativity that filled the room. It was a privilege to be able to experience the broad scope of sound exploration amongst contemporary composers of … Read More
With 2015 fast approaching, Evelyn Glennie gives us a glimpse of one of her projects. A calendar that features a selection of her instrument collection. Here’s a short interview to let you know a little more about it. Why a calendar? How did you come up with the idea? Why 2015? A good quality calendar is something to cherish, not … Read More
Today I had to make a difficult decision. I was recently invited to work in Russia at the request of a valued promoter. Due to the current political climate between Russia and Ukraine, I felt I had to decline. I’m left wondering what the future holds for the arts on an international stage. Looking at our twenty-first century world, I … Read More
The piece, Joan Tower’s “Strike Zones,” was masterfully written and brilliantly performed. Most captivating were a couple of solos by Glennie (cadenzas if you will). The first was a virtuoso display on the high hat cymbals. Later came a powerful and complex build up on the drums. The ever graceful Glennie wasn’t the only percussionist actually. Toward the end of … Read More
(Translated from French) Ms. Glennie manages to sing these instruments with a touch of great delicacy allowing it to reach a sublime musicality that transcends the materiality of instruments.
There are some experiences in life that nothing can prepare you for. No amount of reading, watching or studying will create a sense of anticipation or understanding of what you are about to encounter. Back in December 2010, together with 22 other people I climbed a mountain. Some of us were from the UK, some from Africa, and some were disabled; … Read More