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Evelyn Glennie —
born on July 19, 1965,
Dame Evelyn Elizabeth Ann Glennie,DBE is a Scottish virtuoso percussionist. She is announced as one of the two laureates for the Polar Music Prize of 2015... (wikipedia)
Percussion is the most adaptable family of instruments. The biggest challenge is to project percussion in a lyrical way.
Once you're in a particular country, and you're surrounded by musicians who are so adept at traditional music, you suddenly realize how much there is to explore and digest and learn and experience.
My favorite instrument is the snare drum. In Scotland, the snare drum is very prominent in Highland bands. The Scottish style of playing is in my blood. It's a very powerful instrument, but it can also be soothing, like velvet. It's a real challenge for composers.
I am really quite fascinated by echo-locating bats and dolphins and have always wondered how sound affects the unconscious brain.
The human body and mind are tremendous forces that are continually amazing scientists and society. Therefore, we have no choice but to keep an open mind as to what the human being can achieve.