Glen Velez, world-famous percussionist, plays solos on frame drums from the Middle East, Italy, South India, Ireland and Azerbaijan, accompanying himself with drum language vocalizations and overtone singing. The improvised program is influenced by the styles of frame drummers of the ancient Mediterranean world and elsewhere. Although each title has a composed framework, Glen Velez’s improvisation creates a different piece at every performance. Thus his renditions will be unique to MB1800 Hell’s Kitchen. Particular titles are Gaval, Blue Tambourine, and Bodhran with Overtone Singing. This is the first of three performances on Music Before 1800’s new series, MB1800 Hell’s Kitchen, initiated last season. The informal hour-long concerts with complimentary wine take place at The DiMenna Center.
Glen Velez, a four-time Grammy winner, is an internationally acclaimed soloist and an innovator in his use of the frame drum. He plays internationally as a soloist, and with many prominent musicians. His own compositions appear on numerous recordings, in films, commercials, and as modern dance scores. He is a professor at Mannes College of Music and gives master classes at The Juilliard School and other universities and conservatories around the world. His most recent recordings are Glen Velez Solo and Breathing Rhythms Duo - Glen Velez and Lori Cotler.
“In Mr. Velez’s hands, frame drums produce a galaxy of timbres and inflections; he can do overtone singing, a technique used in Mongolian and Tibetan music to produce eerie chords from one throat.” —The New York Times
DATE & TIME:
Thursday, March 14, 2013 8 pm
The DiMenna Center 450 West 37th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues Manhattan
$25 ~ General Admission $10 student rush tickets at the door