An Experiment in Percussion and Classical MusicMonday, January 21, 2013
Evelyn Glennie, a deaf Scot, is one of the most unique percussionists in the world. She put on an amazing TED talk and demonstration some years ago where she talked about how listening transcends just listening with the ear. She uses her body to “hear music” and make interpretations. She doesn’t learn music – she experiences and interprets it. The New York Times has opined, “Her musicianship is extraordinary. One has to pause in sheer wonder at what she has accomplished. She is quite simply a phenomenon of a performer.”
Another TED talk from Benjamin Zander, a conductor of the Boston Philharmonic, showcases this wonderful and energetic speaker who talks about the transformative power of classical music. He uses notes to explain how a composer’s conveys emotion through music, and his keen sense of humor fully engages the audience, whether or not they understand classical music.