Dame Evelyn Glennie

Evelyn Glennie



Ms. Glennie’s story is very intriguing. She is a world famous, prize-winning percussionist. BUT she is almost totally deaf. So, her relationship to sound and music is deeply affected by her very limited ability to hear. Rather than using her ears, she connects to sound and music by feel.

She has thought long and hard about how music “works” in our lives, so today I am posting links to her talking about this topic. (She also has some very good things to say about musical expression – not just the ability to play an instrument, but the ability to express feelings/interpretations.)


Here is a TEDTalk she did on listening.



Some years ago she made a documentary, entitled “Touch the Sound”.  (You get to see her playing with Fred Frith, if I remember correctly. And she has the most amazing collection of percussion instruments!)


I hope you enjoy what she has to say.  (And her lilting Scots accent is a wonderful bonus!)



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