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Glen Velez & Loire Cotler - Eccles Visiting Scholar

Located in the Great Hall in the Hunter Conference Center.

This is the first of three of our Eccles Visiting Scholars for the 2018 -2018 season.

Four times Grammy Award winner, Glen Velez is the founding Father of the modern frame drum movement and is regarded as a legendary figure among musicians and audiences world-wide. Velez brought a new genre of drumming to the contemporary music scene by creating his own performance style inspired by years of percussion and frame drumming studies from various cultures. Velez’s virtuosic combinations of hand movements, finger techniques, along with his original compositional style, which incorporates stepping, drum language and Central Asian Overtone singing (split-tone singing), has undoubtedly opened new possibilities for musicians around the globe, resulting in a shift in modern percussion.

Loire Cotler is a vocal artist unlike any other. Her range and repertoire expand across cultural and stylistic definitions. For Loire, life has always been about the natural rhythm of the universe which has propelled her into a life, like her music, that is defined by pure cadence and pulse. She has now done no less than create an entirely new genre using the intimate power of her voice as a rhythm instrument. She calls upon a distant past of sacred ritual and echo vocal traditions (the Jewish nigunim, Middle Eastern taksim and Konnakol Indian drum language). Improvising compositions that are both hypnotic and playful, Loire Cotler is an artist in total command of her unique craft. 

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Earlier Event: November 9
Kevin Fedarko