Reflection: Glen Velez and Loire Cotler
For the final event of the fall season, A.P.E.X. Events invited Glen Velez and Loire Cotler. The two performed amazing music, which served as a celebration to end an amazing semester of events.
There was so much diversity in the types of speakers brought to campus, from journalists to comedy groups to musicians, and the A.P.E.X. staff couldn't have picked a better group to end with.
The percussionist and singer duo performed beautifully together, and there was something about the drumming and rhythmic vocals together that I could feel in my core. Most musicians these days communicate through the lyrics of the song, but this communicates a universal message, perhaps because every culture in history has had singing and drumming of some kind.
Both musicians were equally fun to listen to, but I was especially impressed with Velez. His tambourine solo was breathtaking, and I had no idea someone could create such beautiful and dynamic music on a $30 tambourine.
I also enjoyed that the couple got the audience directly involved; Cotler taught us how to sing some rhythm vocal lines and Velez taught us how to create overtones.
This celebration was my favorite event of the season, with the intriguing music and kind musicians sharing their personal stories, as well as the stories of the ancient people who started the practices they continue today. The only "problem" with this event is that it felt short because I lost track of time when listening!
- by Billy Clouse, Blogger for A.P.E.X. Events and Editor-in-Chief of Thunderground